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Packers Plus cuts completion costs in Duvernay formation by up to 30%

Packers Plus Energy Services’ StackFRAC Titanium XV HPHT open hole ball drop completion system enabled operators in Alberta's Duvernay formation to achieve cost savings of up to 30% compared to plug-and-perf completion methods.

Seven Generations buys Alberta shale assets in C$1.9 billion Paramount deal

Seven Generations Energy Ltd. agreed to buy assets in Alberta’s Montney shale play from Paramount Resources Ltd. as it presses ahead with an expansion during the industry’s worst downturn in decades.

New Brunswick's decision to extend fracing moratorium is a step in wrong direction, CAPP says

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has expressed disappointment with the New Brunswick government’s decision to extend the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

Encana said to weigh sale of Western Canadian shale assets

Encana Corp. is weighing the sale of some of its shale assets in Western Canada as part of an effort to bolster its balance sheet amid protracted low oil prices, people with knowledge of the matter said.

ShaleTech: Canadian Shales

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

A lot of pain, little gain seen in ‘16

Liard basin among largest shale gas resources in world, assessment shows

The first detailed study estimating the marketable unconventional natural gas resources in the Liard basin has been released by Canada's National Energy Board (NEB), the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, the Yukon Geological Survey, the Northwest Territories Geological Survey and the British Columbia Ministry of Natural Gas Development.

Tough times lie ahead for Canada’s oil patch

Robert Curran, Contributing Editor

A protracted pricing slump has led to massive budget cuts, thousands of layoffs and the most dismal market conditions that the Canadian industry has faced in more than 20 years. No positive news is on the horizon.

First continuous-duty frac pump enters Canadian market

Weir Oil & Gas has partnered with Calgary, Alberta-based Canyon Services Group to take its SPM QEM 3000 frac pump to the field. Weir’s SPM QEM 3000 is the industry’s first high-horsepower frac pump designed for continuous-duty pressure pumping operations at a sustained 275,000-lb rod load, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

OPEC menaced by U.S. shale hits Canada harder in price fight

OPEC took a swing at U.S. shale and knocked down Canada.

Companies kick off joint shale gas study in British Columbia

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation and INPEX Corporation have started a joint study on technology relating to shale gas development in the Horn River, Liard and Cordova areas in the province of British Columbia, Canada, with INPEX Gas British Columbia and Nexen Energy ULC.

Exploration program to commence on Montana prospect

Black Stallion Oil & Gas, Inc. confirms that it will start to execute a detailed exploration program on the 12,233-acre Woodrow Prospect in Teton county, northwest Montana, within the Alberta Basin Bakken fairway.

DOT agencies take coordinated actions to increase crude-by-rail safety

Perhaps the most significant, extensive changes in crude-by-rail transportation were made on May 1, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and its agencies, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The changes are contained in a “final rule” for “the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail.”

U.S. shale oil: The great railroad revival continues

Fred W. Frailey, Contributing Editor

The Class 1 railroads are back in the U.S. crude oil business. Now, the hard part.

ShaleTech: Canadian Shales

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Drilling, LNG prospects face stiff headwinds

Lower Canadian costs offer competitiveness with U.S. LNG, Wood Mac says

The huge gas resource base in North America offers significant potential for LNG exports, but currently it is the U.S., not Canada, that is building an LNG export industry, according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest analysis.

Alberta energy drillers pivot to natural gas as oil plunges

Alberta’s energy producers are pivoting toward developing gas reserves rather than oil after crude lost half its value last year.

Alberta fracing quake fears prompt tougher rules for shale area

Shale producers in Alberta’s Duvernay region are being asked to monitor and prevent earthquakes after regulators linked a series of seismic events over the last two months to hydraulic fracturing.

Inaugural ShaleTech Canada offers unique forum for networking, technology sharing

ShaleTech Canada 2015 is the premier event for professionals working in the shale oil and gas industry in Canada, which is the world's fifth-largest oil producer.

Production gains through the reuse of produced water in fracturing

Steve Monroe, Daryl McCracken, Kent Dawson, Sahar Mouallem, Baker Hughes

A 10-year production analysis suggests that the reuse of produced water in hydraulic fracturing results in better initial production, as well as longer-term equivalent output.