WorldOil Apache completes midcontinent asset sales The asset sales reflect the company’s exit from the Western Anadarko Basin and the previously announced exit from the SCOOP/STACK play. Schlumberger sees shale output boom slowing on budget cuts Schlumberger expects surging oil production from North American shale basins to slow as explorers cut spending, outgoing CEO Paal Kibsgaard said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call. Wild Well Control taps Fugro to enhance subsea capping stack capabilities Wild Well Control has contracted Fugro to provide BOP intervention skids and test units for its subsea response kit, increasing pumping capability and water depth ratings. BOEM announces region-wide lease sale for GOM BOEM will offer 77.8 million GOM acres, including all available unleased areas in federal waters. ExxonMobil commits to joint development of open automation processes The goal of this collaboration is the creation of a standards-based, open, interoperable, and secure automation architecture that addresses both the technical and commercial challenges of current systems. Solaris Water launches expanded New Mexico recycling operations Solaris Water launches operations at its expanded Lobo Ranch Produced Water Recycling and Blending Center in Eddy County, New Mexico. Halliburton releases first 3D logging-while-drilling technology Halliburton launched 3D reservoir mapping, providing detailed representation of subsurface structures to improve well placement in complex reservoirs. Permian watch: America’s hottest shale play is slowing down The engine of America’s shale boom is beginning to sputter. Fast and lean: How North Sea oil is learning from American shale The U.S. oil boom changed the petroleum industry forever. Now its philosophy is being adopted by conventional producers in the North Sea. Turkey scoffs at EU rebuke, vows to keep drilling off Cyprus Turkey rebuffed measures by the EU and vowed to go ahead with its exploration in a growing dispute with EU member Cyprus.