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XACT Downhole Telemetry helps operator transmit real-time downhole data from 31,000 ft

XACT Downhole Telemetry, in conjunction with a major operator in the Gulf of Mexico, recently completed a multi-run completion deployment with real-time data coverage from a record-breaking depth of over 30,000 ft onsite in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dresser-Rand to supply compressor trains for BP project in the Gulf of Mexico

The Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division, received an order from BP to provide rotating equipment for the Mad Dog 2 project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Native American tribes claim oil tankers threaten endangered orcas

Endangered killer whales in the waters west of Seattle face heightened risk from an increased traffic of tankers that will carry oil from Kinder Morgan Inc.’s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, two Native American organizations claim in a federal lawsuit.

Trump orders review of 1906 monument law to help oil, mining

President Donald Trump ordered a review of as many as 40 large national monuments that have been declared over the past two decades, beginning a process that could lead to the repeal of protections for those lands and new opportunities for oil and mining companies.

New U.S. Chamber report demonstrates need for northeastern pipelines

The lack of pipeline infrastructure in the northeast has resulted in some of the highest electricity rates in the nation for families and business—and it will only get worse, according to a new report by the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy.

Trump said to order oil drilling study off California coast

President Donald Trump will open the door to new oil and natural gas drilling in Pacific waters off the coast of California with a directive Friday that sets up a certain clash with environmentalists.

New ABS guidance addresses dropped objects

ABS, provider of classification and technical services to the offshore industry, has provided a systematic approach to dropped object management and prevention.

BP Gulf oil spill damage valued at $17.2 billion in new study

BP Plc’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused damage to beaches, animals, fish, and coral that the public values at $17.2 billion, according to a financial accounting released on the seventh anniversary of the disaster.

Exxon gets backing of GOP-led states in fight over climate probe

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 10 of his Republican counterparts are joining forces in court to help derail a probe into whether Exxon Mobil Corp. misled investors about climate change.

EPA chief takes first step in reversing Obama-era methane rule

U.S. environmental chief Scott Pruitt announced plans to roll back an Obama-era methane rule expected to cost oil and natural gas operators $320-$530 million a year.

Oil falls to one-week low on signs of rebound in U.S. production

Oil dropped to the lowest in more than a week on signs U.S. output is rebounding, undermining OPEC’s efforts to clear a global glut.

Exxon, Shell join Ivanka Trump to defend Paris climate accord

As President Donald Trump contemplates whether to make good on his campaign promise to yank the United States out of the Paris climate accord, an unlikely lobbying force is hoping to talk him out of it: oil and coal producers.

USGS estimates 304 Tcfg in Bossier, Haynesville formations of U.S. Gulf Coast

The Bossier and Haynesville Formations of the onshore and U.S. waters portion of the U.S. Gulf Coast contain estimated means of 4 billion bbl of oil, 304.4 Tcfg, and 1.9 billion bbl of natural gas liquids, according to updated assessments by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Crude little changed as U.S. supplies decline, output rises

Crude was little changed after a government report showed U.S. stockpiles dropped from a record while production increased.

EIA: GOM oil production, already at annual high, expected to continue increasing

U.S. crude oil production in the Federal Gulf of Mexico (GOM) set an annual high of 1.6 MMbpd in 2016, surpassing the previous high set in 2009 by 44,000 bpd.

BSEE sponsors subsea bolt performance workshop, consensus study

The National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will conduct a workshop April 10-11 to discuss the causes of bolt material failures and possible options for reducing the risks associated with bolts in subsea oil and gas operations.

BHP urged by Elliott to spin off U.S. oil unit in overhaul

BHP Billiton is being targeted for an overhaul by occasional activist Elliott Management Corp., which urged the world’s biggest mining company to spin off about $22 billion of U.S. oil assets and list them in New York.

U.S. rig count climbs by 311 from March 2016

Baker Hughes announced today that the average U.S. rig count for March 2017 was 789, up 45 from the 744 rigs counted in February 2017, and up 311 from the 478 rigs counted in March 2016.

Oceaneering announces Anadarko Constellation umbilical contract

Oceaneering International has announced that it has secured a contract from Anadarko Petroleum to supply the umbilical for Anadarko’s Constellation subsea tieback in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

IMCA report indicates proposed Jones Act changes could damage U.S. GOM deepwater industry

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has issued a report about the potential impact of the Jones Act proposals published by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) on Jan. 18.