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Texas proceeds against two shale disposal wells linked to seismic activity

The Texas Railroad Commission has initiated proceedings requiring the operators of two disposal wells in the area of Azle, Texas, to show cause why the injection permits for the wells should not be cancelled due to an alleged connection raised by new seismic research.

Shell's pipeline transports first oil from Delta House platform in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Shell Pipeline Company's Odyssey Pipeline System has successfully transported the first crude oil produced from the LLOG-operated Delta House platform in the Mississippi Canyon protraction area of the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil at $65 could free 500,000 bopd from shale ’fracklog’

Oil needs to recover to $65/bbl for U.S. drillers to tap a pent-up supply locked in shale wells and unleash more crude on markets than is produced by Libya.

Cameron introduces Jaguar class self-elevating drilling unit

Cameron has introduced its new LETOURNEAU Jaguar Class self-elevating mobile offshore drilling unit.

163 members of Congress urge Obama admin to increase OCS energy production

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, along with Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, led 159 of their Senate and House colleagues in urging Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to increase access to the energy resources on the nation's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Scientific Drilling acquires Marksman Ranging Technologies

Scientific Drilling International (SDI), an independent directional drilling and wellbore placement services company, has acquired Marksman Ranging Technologies.

Fugro sets seafloor drill water depth record

Fugro has set a new seafloor drill water depth record of 2,923 m while completing a combined sampling and piezocone penetration testing (PCPT) borehole to 62 m below the seafloor.

Freeport considers energy spinoff two years after diversifying

PHOENIX, Arizona (Bloomberg) -- Freeport McMoRan Inc. is considering spinning off energy assets two years after agreeing to acquire them for $9 billion as it tries to finance development plans amid lower commodity prices.

Turning Bakken oil well waste water into clean geothermal power

CALGARY (Bloomberg) -- Oil fracing companies seeking to improve their image and pull in a little extra cash are turning their waste water into clean geothermal power.

USGS issues report on wastewater injection-induced earthquakes

The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a report that outlines a preliminary set of models to forecast how hazardous ground shaking could be in the areas where sharp increases in seismicity have been recorded.

Suncor awards Athabasca oil sands contract to Fluor

Fluor Corporation was awarded an engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPFC) contract by Suncor Energy Oil Sands Limited Partnership for a tank farm development project in the Athabasca oil sands region in Alberta, Canada.

U.S. shale fracklog triples as operators keep oil from market

Think the U.S. is awash in crude now? Thank the fracklog that it’s not worse.

IHS CERAWeek ’15: Gas leaders see small-scale LNG gaining momentum

HOUSTON -- At IHS CERAWeek '15 conference's 'Natural Gas Day', Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS, chaired a plenary session on maintaining momentum in the global gas market.

Pennsylvania's Lackawanna College invests in virtual well control training system

Check-6's Well Control VI (Virtual Instructor) training system has been purchased by Lackawanna College School of Petroleum & Natural Gas through a $150,000 technology grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Bureau of Workforce Investment Administration. The system will be installed at the New Milford, Pennsylvania-based college by the end of Fall 2015.

Half of U.S. fracing companies will be dead or sold this year

Half of the 41 fracing companies operating in the U.S. will be dead or sold by year-end because of slashed spending by oil companies, an executive with Weatherford International said.

Not ‘critical’ for U.S. to lift oil export ban now, EIA chief says

The U.S. can wait to lift the ban on crude exports because slowing production will give refiners time to handle the type of oil produced in shale plays, Energy Information Administration chief Adam Sieminski said.

U.S. well completions down 8% in first quarter, API says

Estimated total U.S. oil and natural gas well completions decreased by 8% in the first quarter of 2015 compared to year-ago levels, according to API's 2015 Quarterly Well Completion Report, First Quarter.

ShaleTech Canada '15: Canadian exports take center stage at inaugural conference

ShaleTech Canada opened in the Tellus Conference Centre in Calgary with speakers emphasizing export of Canadian resources and know-how, with Canada playing an important role in the North America energy Renaissance.

OTC, United Against Human Trafficking announce partnership

The Offshore Technology Conference, which takes place 4–7 May in Houston, and United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT) have announced a partnership to increase awareness of human trafficking.

Noble Energy agrees to improve air emission controls in DJ basin

Noble Energy, Inc. has announced an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the State of Colorado to improve emission control systems on a number of oil storage tanks located within the Denver-Julesberg basin (DJ basin) that may no longer comply with air regulations.