Tag: Crude oil

A lot’s changed since 1980s, but lower oil prices still cause unease

Oil prices have fallen this year, and that’s causing people in the oil capital to remember a much deeper slump 30 years ago.  More »

Guest Commentary: Anticipating the risks of oil and gas trucking

More shippers are exploring trucking as a way to move their products to diverse markets, but risk of spills are high.  More »

UTSA, Southwest Research find a new way to clean frack water

The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say they have found an inexpensive way to treat the water that flows back to the surface after hydraulic fracturing. A team of researchers used a plant matter called biochar to remove impurities from the flowback water.  More »

OPEC cuts demand outlook by most in three years on shale

The change implies that OPEC’s 12 members would need to cut output by about 1.1 million barrels a day from the 30.3 million they produced in August.  More »

Rigs in U.S. rose by 11 to 1,925, Baker Hughes says

The total energy rig count has almost doubled from five years ago as producers use horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to draw record volumes of oil and gas out of shale formations from North Dakota to Texas.  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 »

Mexico’s Pemex says production to increase in 2015

Mexico’s state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos estimates its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to produce this year, a company official said.  More »

Gaining the right expertise may mean buying a company

Oil companies want top-notch engineers for their massive projects, and engineering companies that want to compete for the jobs usually need a track record.  More »

Illinois state agency issues fracturing rules

he lengthy report follows months of delays and complaints over the process to draft rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Illinois. Industry officials say southern Illinois has rich deposits of natural gas, but a final draft of the rules — initially touted as a national model of both sides working together — has taken months for the agency to produce as industry groups warned the state was losing business.  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 »

EIA: Eagle Ford to cross 1.5 million daily barrels in September

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the Eagle Ford Shale to produce 1.51 million barrels of crude oil and other liquids daily in September. It would be a gain of around 31,000 daily barrels over August production for the South Texas field.  More »

Texas weighs new pipeline rules

Some Texas attorneys think proposed changes to state eminent domain rules for oil and gas pipeline operators don’t go far enough to protect people from the companies that take their land.  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 »

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 »
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