Tag: shale

Schlumberger, Precision deal aims to increase drilling efficiencies

A Canadian driller is teaming up with Schlumberger to combine its walking rigs with the oil-field giant’s powerful rotary steering systems and other tools in a bid to literally cut corners in drilling shale reservoirs.  More »

Enhanced oil recovery techniques limited in shale

Energy companies currently leave about 95 percent of the crude in the ground at today’s unconventional oil wells, but they face major technological challenges in boosting recovery rates, a Schlumberger scientist said Tuesday.  More »

Whiting to buy Kodiak, creating larger North Dakota player

Whiting Petroleum Corp. agreed to buy Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. for about $3.8 billion in stock, creating what it called the largest oil producer in the Bakken/Three Forks region of North Dakota.  More »

Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracturing health impacts

By Kevin Begos Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling booms. Dr. Eli Avila also says the state’s current strategy is a disservice to people and even to the industry itself because health […]  More »

Shale shifting flows at America’s biggest oil port

With domestic production at a 28-year high, LOOP’s managers are thinking the previously unthinkable: They want to reverse the flows and send North American oil out as well as take foreign oil in.  More »

Rallying Permian beats anew as heart of Texas oil

The Permian Basin, which helped define the Texas oil business for 50 years then hit the skids, is back big-time, and a new government report makes the point.  More »

Lawsuit aims to block US-approved Nevada drilling

The Bureau of Land Management concluded in an environmental analysis in February that energy exploration resulting from the sale of the leases would have little or no impact across about 270 square miles of central Nevada’s Lander, Nye and Esmeralda counties.  More »

Record LPG exports will drive ship market growth, Latsco says

Increased U.S. exports of liquefied petroleum gas amid higher shale oil production will boost demand for ships that carry gases such as propane, butanes and ethane, according to the director of Latsco Shipping Ltd., said  More »

Bakken Shale oil explorers told to cut flaring or face punishment

Energy companies that don’t curb so-called gas flaring will face limits on the amount of oil they can pump from the Bakken shale formation, the North Dakota Industrial Commission said in a statement today.  More »

New York cities win right to ban fracking

New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to the oil industry.  More »

Residents put pressure on fracking firms as quakes plague region

Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years.  More »

Goldman says shale gas boom driving fear from market

Fears of gas shortages have dissipated since 2005. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts natural gas prices will average below $5 through 2023 and less than $6 until 2030.  More »
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