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Total snubs `expensive' U.S. shale with North Sea-focused deal

When Total SA warned last month it was ready for acquisitions, U.S. shale assets weren’t at the top of its shopping list.

LAGCOE releases 2017 New Technology Showcase winners

LAGCOE, a nonprofit energy industry organization focused on educational programs and organizer of a leading technical exposition and conference, has announced its 2017 New Technology Showcase winners.

Microsoft, Halliburton announce digital transformation partnership

HOUSTON -- Microsoft and Halliburton today announced plans to enter into a strategic alliance to drive digital transformation across the oil and gas industry. The relationship will combine Microsoft's expertise in cloud and digital transformation with Halliburton's exploration and production (E&P) science, software and services.

Weatherford appoints Karl Blanchard as COO

Weatherford International plc has announced the appointment of Karl Blanchard as executive V.P. and COO. In this role, he will oversee all region and product line operations; quality, health, safety, security and environment; sales; engineering, research and development; and supply chain.

Sanchez Energy to sell Eagle Ford asset for $105 million

Sanchez Energy Corporation has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Javelina asset in the Eagle Ford shale for approximately $105 million in cash.

Empyrean Energy provides update on Dempsey well in California's Sacramento basin

Empyrean Energy, the oil and gas development company with interests in China, Indonesia and the United States, is pleased to announce that it has been informed by Sacgasco Limited, the operator of the Dempsey 1-15 well in the Sacramento basin, onshore California, that the field appraisal drilling component of the Dempsey 1-15 well has been successfully concluded.

Hilcorp, BP comment on BOEM's environmental impact statement for Alaskan project

The Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Liberty Project for public comment. It is an important step in developing a project which will strengthen Alaska’s energy future, according to the partners on the project.

Ensco, Atwood file definitve proxy materials for merger agreement

Ensco plc and Atwood Oceanics, Inc. announced today the filing of definitive proxy materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the previously announced merger agreement under which Ensco will acquire Atwood in an all-stock transaction.

Highlands Natural Resources provides update for East Denver Niobrara project

Highlands, the London-listed natural resources company, has announced that it has successfully drilled and set surface casing in both the Wildhorse 5-64 15-16-1BHZ and Powell 5-64-15-16-1CHZ wells.

BOEM publishes draft EIS for Hilcorp oil, gas project in Beaufort Sea

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the possible environmental impacts of the activities proposed in an offshore oil and gas development and production plan (DPP) submitted to BOEM by Hilcorp Alaska LLC. on Sept. 18, 2015.

Former Anadarko CEO back in the oil game

James Hackett, the former chief executive of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. who retired to attend Harvard Divinity School, is back to running an oil company.

GOM lease sale yields $121 million in high bids on 508,096 acres

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that the region-wide Gulf of Mexico lease sale generated $121,143,055 in high bids for 90 tracts covering 508,096 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A total of 27 companies participated in the sale, submitting 99 bids totaling $137,006,181.

Hunting announces appointment of new CEO

Hunting is pleased to announce the promotion of Arthur James (Jim) Johnson as CEO with effect from Sept. 1, 2017. Jim will succeed Dennis Proctor, who will retire as CEO and as a director of Hunting on the same date.

Trump's push for natural gas exports opposed by manufacturers

President Donald Trump’s effort to boost U.S. energy is facing push back from manufacturers who say exporting more natural gas may undercut his “America First” jobs focus.

Rockcliff Energy acquires additional Haynesville shale rights

Rockcliff Energy has announced that, in addition to its pending acquisition of Samson's East Texas and North Louisiana properties, it has acquired approximately 60,000 net acres of Haynesville shale rights.

Shale will beat OPEC as U.S. oil thrives at $40, Citigroup says

U.S. shale oil will prevail over OPEC as the two rivals compete in an oversupplied world market, Citigroup Inc.’s head of research said.

API: Trump's executive order an important step in streamlining energy infrastructure

API President and CEO Jack Gerard called President Trump's executive order to streamline energy infrastructure an important step in speeding up projects, creating jobs, and improving government efficiencies in delivering energy Americans demand.

Whiting Petroleum to sell assets in North Dakota's Bakken for $500 million

Whiting Petroleum Corporation has agreed to sell its Fort Berthold Indian Reservation area assets, located in Dunn and McLean Counties, N.D., to RimRock Oil & Gas Williston, LLC. The cash purchase price is $500 million, subject to customary adjustments.

Abrado Wellbore Services completes first Gulf of Mexico run with new marine riser scraper tool

Abrado announced today that it has completed its first run with the new Maximo marine riser scraper tool for a major operator in the Gulf of Mexico.

BNK Petroleum reports completion of fracture stimulation in Oklahoma's SCOOP

BNK Petroleum Inc. has announced the completion of the fracture stimulation of the Hartgraves 1-6H well (100% working interest), which is located in BNK’s Tishiminogo field, in the SCOOP region of Oklahoma.