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New Texas rules on oil wastewater wells in the works

The proposed rules would require companies seeking a wastewater well permit to submit more information about the seismic history of their site and the underground pressure the water will cause.  More »

Judge tosses suit claiming BP misled regulators about Gulf platform

Plaintiffs who brought a $256 billion lawsuit against BP have “no facts” to back up their claim the company misled regulators about the safety of a deep-water production platform, a federal judge has ruled.  More »

Energy reforms to increase Mexico’s long-term production by 75 percent, EIA says

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has raised its production estimate for Mexico by 75 percent on the strength of industry reform signed into law this August.  More »

Drillers in Colorado especially mindful of the neighbors

Producers are finding ways to centralize oil field operations in a bid to boost efficiencies, cut costs and minimize disruptions for residents in the populous Colorado Front Range.  More »

Kansas town loses bid for new trial over BP pollution suit

The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the request from residents and officials of Neodesha, who sued in 2004 for more than $478 million in cleanup costs plus damages.  More »

Enbridge avoids U.S. review with plan to boost oil sands flow

The State Department, responsible for approving cross-border energy projects like the Alberta Clipper and the proposed Keystone XL line to the U.S. Gulf Coast, said in a statement that Enbridge can go forward with its plan under authority granted by previously issued permits.  More »

Iraqi, Kurdistan lawyers face off in U.S. court over stranded tanker’s oil

An international oil dispute played out in U.S. courts on Friday, as the Kurdish Regional Government faced off against Iraq over a disputed tanker of Kurdish crude that’s been languishing off Galveston’s coast for nearly a month.  More »

Expo presents lots of talk about Permian land, but not much of it

The nation’s top oil producer is attracting more than a few glances from operators not already established in West Texas, but companies with exclusive and lucrative Permian acreage are holding on tight.  More »

Maersk Oil to lay off a fourth of Houston staff

Diminishing returns in Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico have pushed Maersk Oil to cut a quarter of the jobs at its Houston office.  More »

Gulf Coast to benefit from refinery retrofits

Refiners are scrambling for ways to process newly abundant light crude from U.S. shale, and much of their construction and retrofitting investment will be on the Gulf Coast.  More »

Eagle Ford wave lifts Blue Dolphin Energy refinery

Houston-based Blue Dolphin Energy is turning a p;rofit on a refinery east of San Antonio that gets all its feedstock from the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »

Voters go with oil companies in fight over Alaska taxes

Alaskans narrowly defeated an effort to repeal an industry-friendly oil tax regime adopted last year.  More »
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