Archives May 2015

May
25
2015

Obama administration opposes Senate's trio of OCS leasing bills

The Obama administration opposes a trio of US Senate bills that propose establishing or increasing states’ shares of federal oil and gas revenue from leasing and development off their shores, US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. …read more Source: Oil Gas Journal   

May
22
2015

FWS mulling steps to curb migratory bird deaths at oil and gas sites

The US Fish & Wildlife Service intends to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement to evaluate possible steps for reducing accidental migratory bird deaths from oil and gas and other industrial activities. …read more Source: Oil Gas Journal   

May
22
2015

BHI: US rig count decline continues to slow, now down 3 to 885

The decline in the US drilling rig count continued to slow again during the week ended May 22, according to Baker Hughes Inc. The total count was off by 3 rigs for a total of 885. The count has now fallen for 24 consecutive weeks. …read more Source: Oil Gas Journal   

May
21
2015

ADCO lets EPC contract for Mender onshore field in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Co. for Onshore Petroleum Operations Ltd. (ADCO) has let a $344-million contract to China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corp. for engineering, procurement, and construction work for the further development of onshore Mender field in Abu Dhabi (OGJ Online, Mar. 11, 2015). …read more Source: Oil Gas Journal   

May
21
2015

Husky begins steam operations at Rush Lake heavy oil project

Husky Energy Inc. has started commercial steam operations at the 10,000-b/d Rush Lake heavy oil thermal project in Saskatchewan (OGJ Online, Dec. 12, 2014). …read more Source: Oil Gas Journal   

May
20
2015

Total starts gas, condensate production from Russian Arctic field

Total SA has started production of gas and condensate from onshore Termokarstovoye field in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district in the Russian Arctic. …read more Source: Oil Gas Journal   

May
19
2015

Rocky Mountain states urge Washington not to interfere with sage grouse partnership

Officials from three Rocky Mountain state governments and a major national sports conservation partnership urged both the Obama administration and the 114th Congress to not interfere with what could become very successful federal-state collaborations to preserve the greater sage grouse’s habitat and keep it from being listed as an endangered species. …read more Source: Oil […]

May
19
2015

Utah will join lawsuit challenging BLM frac rules, governor says

Utah will ask to join Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado in a lawsuit challenging the US Bureau of Land Management’s recently issued hydraulic fracturing regulations, Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) reported. The new federal rule unlawfully interferes with state regulations that already address the process, the action contends. …read more Source: Oil Gas Journal   

May
18
2015

Texas governor signs bill to halt cities from banning fracturing

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill to prevent municipalities from banning hydraulic fracturing in a move that was expected after the city of Denton last year approved a referendum to prohibit fracturing in its city limits. …read more Source: Oil Gas Journal   

May
18
2015

FWS, NMFS propose changes for seeking endangered species listings

Petitions to federally list species as endangered will need to show that state wildlife agencies have been contacted beforehand and include relevant information about what those agencies are doing, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) said as they jointly proposed reforms to the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) […]

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