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OPEC keeps focus on shale threat as officials meet in Vienna

OPEC officials gathering in Vienna on Friday to prepare for next week’s ministerial meeting kept their focus on rising U.S. shale oil production, which has been diluting the price impact of their production cuts.

Canada's Permian of the north roused by cheap gas drilling

Drilling rigs and roughnecks are hot commodities once again across the Montney shale play in western Canada, and service companies are having a hard time keeping up with demand.

Anadarko’s Walker: Oil won’t move past $60/bbl before 2020, industry needs NAFTA

Crude oil prices have varied widely in the past year, and Anadarko CEO Al Walker doesn’t think prices will extend beyond the $50-$60/bbl range before the end of the decade.

Frac crew shortage may push oil's biggest bubble to 2018

Shale explorers pushing to expand oil production are struggling to find enough fracing crews after thousands of workers were dismissed during the crude rout.

Halliburton elects Jeff Miller as president and CEO

Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) today announced its board of directors has unanimously elected Jeff Miller, the Company’s president and a board member, to the position of president and CEO. Dave Lesar, who has led Halliburton as chairman and CEO since 2000, will continue serving the Company as executive chairman.

Indian explorer bets $1 billion on natural gas, unconventional shale

Great Eastern Energy Corp. will drill 144 new wells over the next four to five years at its Raniganj block in the eastern state of West Bengal, according to CEO Prashant Modi. The company, which began looking at the block in 1993, will invest an additional 50 billion rupees in other unconventional assets, including shale.

FairfieldNodal, Schlumberger team up for 3D survey in Permian

FairfieldNodal and Schlumberger today announced a strategic multiclient joint venture in the southern Delaware basin of West Texas.

Chisholm Energy Holdings announces acquisition in Permian basin

Chisholm Energy announced that it has closed on the acquisition of its first asset, located in the New Mexico region of the Delaware basin.

Shale play `left for dead' gets some love as U.S. gas rises

A natural gas basin that helped kickstart the shale boom a decade ago is getting a new lease on life as the market recovers.

Kalnin Ventures announces fourth Marcellus asset acquisition

Kalnin Ventures LLC today announced it has signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) on its fourth acquisition of a non-operating portfolio in the northeast portion of the Marcellus shale, on behalf of its BKV Fund and investor Banpu Pcl.

BHP studying shale gas sale as hedge fund Elliott demands review

BHP Billiton Ltd. is considering further sales of its U.S. shale gas assets as it fends off the second round of attack from activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. over the future of the energy business within the world’s biggest mining company.

Resolute Energy closes Delaware basin Bronco acquisition

Resolute Energy Corporation has announced the closing of its previously announced Bronco acquisition of certain oil and gas properties located in Reeves County, Texas, for an aggregate purchase price of $160 million, adjusted for normal closing purchase price adjustments.

Oil halts gain as more U.S. rigs counter OPEC-cut deal report

Oil halted gains near $48/bbl after U.S. rigs targeting crude rose a 17th week, countering a report that OPEC and other major producers reached an initial agreement to extend output cuts.

Trump's China deal boosts U.S. LNG without rule change

America’s shale gas could soon head to China under long-term contracts for the first time, bolstered by a new trade deal that may not even change existing rules.

Occidental shareholders override board in approving climate proposal

Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s shareholders approved a proposal Friday to require the oil and gas exploration company to report on the business impacts of climate change, marking the first time such a proposal has passed over the board’s objections.

U.S. shale's favorite financial trick is getting less attractive

Oil bulls, take heart! U.S. drillers have dramatically reduced their hedging activity, a move that could portend a break in the production gains that have upended global crude prices.

Wintershall starts first pilot well in Argentina’s Bandurria Norte field

Wintershall has launched its second operated shale oil pilot project in Argentina (100% working interest). The company has spud the first of three horizontal pilot wells in the Bandurria Norte block, which is located in the western Argentinean province of Neuquén.

Peregrine Petroleum announces re-entry into Permian basin

Peregrine Petroleum Partners, Ltd., have announced that it has re-entered the Permian basin with the closing of a joint venture to develop a resource asset in the Southern Permian basin.

WildHorse Resource Development Corp. acquires Eagle Ford properties for $625 million

WildHorse Resource Development Corporation today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire approximately 111,000 net acres and associated production from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. for aggregate consideration of $625 million, subject to certain customary closing conditions.

New York threatens to spoil Trump's push for fossil fuels

Forget the climate warriors of California. The state best positioned to spoil Donald Trump’s plan to unleash America’s fossil-fuel resources may be New York.