Tag: drilling

Shale drillers keep output high despite oil price decline

Companies said they expect to pump more from their prime properties while cutting back in their least productive prospects.  More »

Residents’ lawsuit targets Illinois fracking rules

Among the allegations is that Illinois’ natural resources regulator didn’t consider scientific studies in its first rules notice, denying the public a chance to address the specific information the agency relied upon to draft the rules.  More »

New Mexico county passes strict drilling rules as state judge considers wider ban

The new ordinance supersedes a moratorium on oil and gas development that had been in place since 2010.  More »

Halcón to pull back from Tuscaloosa Marine Shale

The decision underscores the wide disparity between the economics of established shale plays and younger ones.  More »

Chevron drillship arrives deep in the Gulf of Mexico

The Pacific Sharav, built to Chevron’s specifications, will work in the Keathley Canyon under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling, a Houston-based ultra-deepwater drilling contractor.  More »

Eagle Ford, Permian drilling production surges

According to the Texas Petro Index, oil production in Texas rose almost 20 million barrels.  More »

West Virginia opens bids on drilling under Ohio River

Noble Energy, Gastar Exploration and Statoil submitted bids with 20 percent royalty rates. State officials plan to pick winners in the next week or two.  More »

Residents near gas wells twice as likely to report symptoms, study finds

Researchers found that residents living near Marcellus Shale natural gas wells were more likely to report rashes, sinus problems, coughs, sore throats, itchy eyes, nose bleeds and stuffy noses than those who lived farther away.  More »

Water resources a problem for energy extraction worldwide, report finds

According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already _ a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.  More »

Study finds more arsenic in north Texas water wells near drilling

In the study, University of Texas at Arlington biochemists measured 100 wells across the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S., and compared the results to a similar study undertaken before hydraulic fracturing technology and higher natural gas prices opened the area to drilling.  More »

Hilcorp drops bid to force drilling on holdouts

The Houston-based company had sought to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law to drill under the property of a few holdout landowners in New Bedford, near the Ohio border north of Pittsburgh.  More »

Oil companies seek to keep drilling sounds at bay (video)

These days, the hay bales stacked in northeast Colorado are more likely meant to muffle the sounds of oil and gas development — not feed the region’s cattle, sheep and other livestock.  More »

Politicians cheer Pittsburgh airport gas drilling

The first well pad is in a remote wooded area about a mile from runways, but some future wells will be about one-quarter of a mile away. The airport authority owns about 9,000 acres of land.  More »

Environmentalists say Pa. health registry needed

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration said Monday it has enhanced the state health department’s handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.  More »

Russia starts drilling its northernmost oil well

The Russian-American project comes despite deteriorating relations between Washington and Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, in which each side has hit the other with sanctions.  More »
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