Category: Crude oil

North Dakota crude no more dangerous than similar fuels, report finds

HOUSTON — An industry-funded study released Monday concluded that the oil from the Bakken region doesn’t pose a greater risk to transport than other similar, types of crude. The study is the most scientific analysis of the region’s crude so far, the North Dakota Petroleum Council said. The group hopes the report allays fears that […]  More »

Grouse measures defer drilling in much of Wyoming

The total area of federal oil and gas leases deferred in Wyoming to protect the greater sage grouse — ahead of next year’s expected decision on whether the bird is a threatened or endangered species — substantially exceeds the combined size of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, U.S. Bureau of Land Management figures show.  More »

North Dakota’s crude production continues to grow on strength of Bakken, Three Forks

Drillers are gaining new insights into the geologies of the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, where production is topping 1 million barrels a day.  More »

Parnon, Arcadia to pay $13 million in price-rigging suit

Parnon Energy, an oil logistics company, and London-based oil trader Arcadia Petroleum Ltd. agreed to pay $13 million to settle a U.S. regulator’s claims they manipulated oil futures prices.  More »

Linn to buy $340M in assets from Pioneer, sell in Anadarko Basin

HOUSTON — Linn Energy inked a $340 million deal to buy 235,000 net acres in the Hugoton Basin from Pioneer Natural Resources Co. and announced a $90 million sale in the Anadarko Basin. The deals, done by Linn Energy and its related LinnCo, are the latest in a string of acquisitions and sales the company […]  More »

Crude rebounds from 6-month low on Middle East tension

Oil for September delivery gained 41 cents to settle at $98.29 a barrel.  More »

Companies at work on blowout preventers for deeper depths

GE Oil & Gas and others are working to create blowout preventers that can work at deeper depths and higher pressures.  More »

Mexico lower House passes final oil bills, sends them to Senate

Mexico’s Lower House early passed the last package of bills to regulate an end to Petroleos Mexicanos’s state-oil monopoly, sending the legislation to the Senate for final approval after making minor changes on pension and retirement issues.  More »

Houston refinery no longer will buy Kurdish crude

Chemical giant LyondellBasell acknowledged past purchases of modest amounts of what it called “Iraqi crudes” to process at its Houston refinery but said future buys have been canceled until the ownership dispute is settled.  More »

Chevron 2Q profit up on asset sales, oil prices

Global production slipped, however, to 2.55 million barrels per day of oil and gas from 2.58 million barrels per day last year  More »

Some Preposterous Data Points across the Energy Landscape

If this tortoise could talk, I’m pretty sure he would say ‘preposterous’ in response to what you are about to read. For the wild and wacky world of energy has revealed some preposterous notions in the last week or so. Here are but a few of them.  –First up we are talking trash, for only 1% […]  More »

3 West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

The Interior Department is developing an updated plan for its Outer Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and the governors formally stated their opposition to the inclusion of any oil or gas lease sales off the coast as part of any new plan.  More »