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Oil sands producers to cut environmental impacts

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Members of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, which includes some of the world’s big oil companies, will take voluntary steps to reduce the environmental impact of their operations, Cosia’s chief said Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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US rig count up 11 to 1,925

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,925, oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday.

The Houston firm said in its weekly report that 1,584 rigs were exploring for oil and 340 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,767 active rigs.

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US rig count up 18 to 1,914

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 18 last week to 1,914, oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.

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Independent Scotland would continue energy policy: Minister

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

North Sea oil policy would remain the same if Scotland became independent in the wake of September’s referendum, Scotland’s energy minister said, although oil companies have expressed skepticism, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Argentina, Malaysia in deal to develop oil field

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — State-run Argentine oil company YPF SA said Thursday it has reached a deal with Malaysia's Petronas to develop what is believed to be massive deposits of shale oil and gas in the vast Vaca Muerta formation in Patagonia.

YPF said the Malaysian state-owned oil company will provide $475 million of an initial investment totaling $550 million for a pilot phase scheduled to start early next year.

Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday.

The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing an oil extraction method known as fracking on public land in Monterey County.

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Shell files revised Arctic offshore drilling plan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has filed a revised Arctic offshore drilling plan with federal regulators but says the company hasn't decided whether to return to waters off the coast of northwest Alaska in 2015.

The revised exploration plan submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Anchorage calls for two drilling vessels to operate simultaneously in the Chukchi Sea rather than one in the Chukchi and one in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north Coast.

The presence of two vessels is required so one can drill a relief well in the event of damage from a blowout.

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Oil, gas groups give WH mixed reviews under Podesta

Since assuming key energy and climate roles inside the White House late last year, John Podesta and Dan Utech are getting passing grades on accessibility from industry trade lobbies. But the slow pace of action leaves the groups uncertain about the future of the U.S. energy boom. 

Industry officials told EnergyGuardian that the White House has been open to hearing their arguments about goals, such as expanded offshore drilling, and criticisms, notably delays surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard and potentially tougher ozone standards.

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Environmental groups focus on flaring

Source: 
National Journal

The non-profit group Sky Truth has created a global interactive map displaying natural gas flaring – in the U.S. showing concentrated activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shale plays -- while environmental advocate Earthworks has released a report entitled Up in Flames that contains extensive statistics, stating, for example, that flaring in the Bakken increased five-fold between 2010 and 2013, according to National Journal.

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US rig count down 17 to 1,896

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,564 rigs were exploring for oil and 330 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.

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