U.S. Onshore ///

Keystone XL pipeline gets enough shipper pledges to proceed

TransCanada Corp. has enough customer interest to go forward with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, if the company decides to build it.

Ziyen Inc. expands in U.S. with second, third oil leases

Scottish-American software and energy company Ziyen Inc., which has operations in Aberdeen and Inverness, has announced it has secured a further two major oil contracts in the Illinois basin.

RRC Chairman Craddick: When it comes to NAFTA, mend it—don't end it

Many Texans support NAFTA based on the premise that it allows American workers and businesses to compete on a level playing field with anyone in the world.

TGS announces three new onshore seismic projects in North America

TGS announces three new onshore seismic projects; Sanderson, West Hackberry and Dawson in prolific North American basins.

New Products and Services

Alex Endress, World Oil

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently launched the Rolligon dry additive mix unit, which uses a custom-designed mixer to pre-mix the gel powder with water on the fly, giving optimum gel quaity even at high rates.

Executive Viewpoint

Dr. Nansen G. Saleri, Quantum Reservoir Impact

The battle for kilowatts: What will it take to win?

What's New in Exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

2018: The best [or worst] year ever?

NOV's Tektonic drill bits increase ROP, durability with Permian Series cutters

Difficult drilling conditions in the Permian basin demand a drill-bit philosophy geared toward efficiency and durability. Three record runs recently occurred in the Permian basin that showcased the performance of National Oilwell Varco's Tektonic bits with Permian Series cutters.

BNK Petroleum spuds well in Oklahoma's Tishomingo field

BNK Petroleum Inc. has announced that the Company has begun drilling the Glenn 16-2H well in Tishomingo field with Power Rig #7.

Advanced frac fluid chemistry helps boost Wolfcamp IP rates

Jerry Noles, Troy Bishop, CoilChem, LLC; Neal Hageman, Integrated Petroleum Technologies

A HVFR polymer bridges the gap between slickwater and cross-linked fracs.

Rig-count chaos: Shale drillers are confusing U.S. oil analysts

Call it a rig-less recovery.

API's Jack Gerard delivers 2018 State of American Energy speech

API's president and CEO Jack Gerard delivered a speech at today's 2018 State of American Energy event.

IPAA responds to FERC ruling that rejects plan to aid coal, nuclear power

IPAA has responded to today's FERC decision to reject Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's plan to prop up coal and nuclear power.

Magnolia Petroleum participates in three SandRidge Energy-operated wells in Oklahoma

Magnolia Petroleum plc, the AIM quoted US focused oil and gas exploration and production company, is pleased to announce that it has received notice from SandRidge Energy, the operator of the Gilchrist 2016 1-36H well (Gilchrist) in Oklahoma, that three additional increased density wells are to be drilled on the same spacing unit to maximize the recovery of reserves.

Recharged shale boom still faces shortage of frac services

A recharged U.S. shale boom will grow in 2018, with diversified companies such as Concho Resources and Devon Energy gaining an edge in overcoming a lack of completion crews for drillers.

Andeavor enhances its Permian position through acquisition of Rangeland Energy II

Andeavor has announced that it has agreed to acquire 100% of the equity of Rangeland Energy II, LLC. Rangeland owns and operates assets in the Delaware and Midland basins, including a recently-constructed crude oil pipeline, three crude oil storage terminals and a frac sand storage and truck loading facility.

U.S. gas market faces long-awaited test as cold spurs demand

A polar blast across the eastern U.S. is proving to be a crucial test for the nation’s natural gas market: Can record demand spurred by the cold outweigh surging production from America’s shale basins, sparking a sustained rally?

IPAA, Western Energy Alliance applaud repeal of hydraulic fracturing rule

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance today applauded the Department of the Interior’s decision to repeal a costly Obama administration federal rule on hydraulic fracturing.

Five oil signals to watch as 2018 pits OPEC against shale

Oil traders are going to have their work cut out for them in 2018. OPEC and its allies are heading into the second year of supply cuts to wipe out the global oil glut, while rising U.S. output is threatening those efforts. Geopolitical tensions also add a wild card to the market mix.

Oil holds gains above $58/bbl as U.S. drillers pause rig expansion

Oil held gains above $58/bbl as trading resumed following the Christmas holiday and after U.S. explorers refrained from adding rigs for a second week.