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EnergyFunders opens the door to directly investing in competitive U.S. shale plays

EnergyFunders, an innovative digital energy investment platform based in the energy capital of Houston, is officially joining the ranks of large, publicly traded oil and gas operators who operate in advanced shale plays like the Permian and Bakken.

Oil giants unlikely to bail out independent drillers in the Permian

Oil giants probably won’t be buying up the Permian basin’s struggling independent drillers any time soon.

Icahn sues Occidental, threatens fight for sale of the company

Activist investor Carl Icahn launched a lawsuit against Occidental Petroleum Corp. with the goal of potentially seeking board seats and a sale of the company.

API: Colorado Petroleum Council responds to Broomfield City Council imposing moratorium on new energy development

Broomfield City Council approved a six-month moratorium on new natural gas and oil development in the city, becoming the seventh Colorado community to impose a ban since the introduction of Senate Bill 181 in March.

Rotork electric actuators powered by solar panels on U.S. gas production wells

Rotork intelligent full-turn electric actuators have been supplied for upstream shale gas production wells in the U.S.

Schlumberger, Halliburton took a bit of a hit as shale patch tightens belt

Schlumberger Ltd. had its debt rating lowered by S&P Global Inc. as belt-tightening in the U.S. shale patch translates into less drilling and fracing work for the world’s top oilfield services provider.

Riviera Resources sells Michigan properties for $44.5 million

Riviera Resources, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to sell its interest in properties located in Michigan to an undisclosed buyer for a contract price of $44.5 million, subject to closing adjustments.

Oil potential remains abundant beyond shale

How does the oil and gas industry plan its future in the ever-changing operating environment?

Blackstone, Whiting, Callon consider takeover bids for QEP Resources

QEP Resources Inc. has attracted takeover interest from private equity giant Blackstone Group LP, as well as drillers Whiting Petroleum Corp. and Callon Petroleum Co., according to people familiar with the matter.

Texas pipeline protesters face jail time under new proposal

Oil pipeline protesters who interrupt operations or damage equipment could face up to 10 years in prison under legislation approved by Texas lawmakers.

Shale boom belies oil patch pain amid Weatherford bankruptcy

Oil prices are back up again and the U.S. has become the world’s largest producer and only three years on from a slump in the market. Yet the pain continues for some companies.

Permian drillers pull back amid U.S.-China trade spat

Crude explorers deployed fewer rigs in U.S. fields this week amid an escalating U.S.-China trade war that weighed on oil prices.

Saudi Aramco weighs potential shale investment with Equinor

Saudi Aramco is weighing a potential investment in Norwegian oil company Equinor ASA’s U.S. shale operations in what could be the energy giant’s first ever overseas venture for gas exploration.

Pioneer CEO says Chevron is "bottom fishing" in Anadarko deal

Scott Sheffield, the founder and chief executive officer of shale producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co., thinks Chevron Corp. should take its $1 billion breakup fee and walk away from the Anadarko Petroleum Corp. deal.

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Roger Bezdek, Contributing Editor

Colorado’s calamity

Fueling fracturing with natural gas: Redefining wellsite power for oilfield services

Carrie Murtland, Evolution Well Services

The challenges of fueling hydraulic fracturing operations come in many forms, including consistent fuel supply, efficiency, emissions and safety. Natural gas power generation and specialized fracturing fleets offer answers to many concerns posed by traditional diesel-powered technology, and present a new paradigm for wellsite power.

Pioneer asks senior management to consider retirement, sells assets

Pioneer Natural Resources Co. is asking one-third of its senior managers to retire as the Texas shale oil driller shrinks spending, sells assets and raises dividends.

Hollub could outmuscle rival five times Oxy's size

Occidental Petroleum Corp. CEO Vicki Hollub is on the cusp of winning a David versus Goliath bidding war that has captivated the oil industry.

Going with the flow

Travis Harris, Packers Plus Energy Services

Numerous completion technology advances have emerged to improve stimulation efficiency and lower break-even costs, but the optimal solution depends on the development.

In Crocodile Dundee Country, Australia hunts for giant gas prize

In a corner of outback Australia, a drilling crew will soon try tapping shale rocks that could hold more than three times the world’s annual consumption of natural gas.