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Judge merge suits from a trio of states contesting new federal drilling rules

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That lawsuit filed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Western Energy Alliance against Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and others is now the lead case. The state of Wyoming along with Colorado and North Dakota filed the other lawsuit.
The head office of Statoil in Stavanger, Norway.  (AP Photo / Kent Skibstad, NTB scanpix, File)

Statoil, West Virginia agree on deal for drilling under Ohio River

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The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that Norway-based Statoil plans to drill on about 474 acres of state-owned land under the river in Marshall and Wetzel counties.
Rigs stacked at a business 20 miles west of Farm-To-Market Road 1788 photographed Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Reporter-Telegram, James Durbin)

U.S. drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat

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Companies are leaning on new techniques and technology to get more oil out of every well they drill, and furiously cutting costs in an effort to keep U.S. oil competitive with much lower-cost oil flowing out of the Middle East, Russia and elsewhere.
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via The New York Times)

BLM clears way for petroleum reserve development

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The decision is a shift from the alternative that BLM had earlier selected as its preferred option. But it aligns with the alternative chosen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Antero Resources to lay off more than 250 contract brokers

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An Antero representative says prices for natural gas liquids have been affected by a drop in crude oil prices.
A photo of a proposed wilderness area in Southern Utah. Anadarko Petroleum Company's plan to drill new natural gas wells in an area of the Uintah basin has been praised by some environmentalists for its incorporation of feedback from concerned parties. (Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance)

Utah gears up for lands fight as deadline passes

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A Utah state report found that oil and gas leases would allow Utah to afford the $280 million annual cost of managing the land, but only if those prices remained high.
(Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

U.S. drillers shift oil rigs to tap most reliable fields

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The oil-rig count has fallen from a peak of 1,609 on Oct. 10 as companies slow drilling in response to a 26 percent slide in crude prices over the past four months.
Greenpeace activist  Ruslan Yakushev of Ukraine behind bars speaks to a supporter in a court room in Murmansk, Russia, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.  A Russian court on Thursday jailed Yakushev who was part of the 30-member  team of environmental activists protesting near an oil platform last week. Two members of the group were detained Sept. 18 in their attempt to scale the Russian Arctic platform. The Coast Guard seized Greenpeace's ship the next day and towed it with the 30 activists aboard, to Murmansk. The activists are being investigated for piracy. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Russia dropping criminal charges against 30 Greenpeace protesters

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Russia’s Investigative Committee is dropping criminal charges against all 30 Greenpeace activists arrested in September for a protest against Arctic oil drilling by state-run OAO Gazprom, the group said.
The Fluminense floating production storage and offloading facility Shell is operating in Shell's Bijupirá/Salema fields in Brazil. (Shell)

Shell to boost deep-water offshore Brazil production

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Royal Dutch Shell is eyeing an oil production boost from two new projects in the deep waters off Brazil.
Aerial view of drilling activity at one of Carrizo’s wells in northern LaSalle County, Texas, a portion of the Eagle Ford Shale. (Carrizo Energy)

Carrizo hikes oil production plan as Eagle Ford booms

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CEO Chip Johnson said the company is aggressively pursuing more opportunities to expand its acreage in south Texas and it is planning to start drilling its first well in the Utica shale in Ohio next month.