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ND posts 977K barrels of oil daily in March

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota oil drillers produced an average of about 977,000 barrels of oil a day in March.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the record March production was up from an average of about 952,000 barrels daily in February.


Out-of-control North Dakota oil well plugged

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Officials say an out-of-control oil well in northwestern North Dakota has been plugged.

Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Hallesy says the well located near Tioga was under control on Tuesday.

Denver-based Emerald Oil Inc. reported to state regulators on Friday that the well was out of control. Officials say an unknown amount of oil, gas and other liquids was contained on site.

VP Biden's son joins Ukraine gas company's board

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden, the younger son of Vice President Joe Biden, is joining the board of a gas company operating in Ukraine, the company announced Tuesday, as the West seeks to help Ukraine wean itself off its dependence on Russian energy.

Burisma Holdings said Biden, an attorney and chairman of the board of the World Food Program USA, will head the Burisma's legal unit, and will also seek support for the company among international organizations.

China breaking gas pipe monopoly

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PetroChina Co., the country’s largest energy company, is splitting and handing some of its gas pipelines to a subsidiary to be sold off in the future, The Wall Street Journal reports.

GE breaks ground on new Okla City tech center


General Electric was set to break ground in Oklahoma City Monday on a new technology center, where it intends to work with partner Devon Energy to improve drilling equipment and technology, FuelFix reports.


Tioga well continues leaking oil days after spill

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — An oil well near the town of Tioga continued to leak oil, gas and fracking fluid on Monday, days after authorities learned about the problem, a local official said.

Williams County emergency coordinator Mike Hallesy said he was notified Friday evening of the spill in the western North Dakota's oil patch and that the leak hadn't stopped.

The Department of Mineral Resources said the incident occurred at the Ron Burgundy 3-23-14H well, around eight miles northwest of Tioga. The well is owned by Denver-based Emerald Oil.

Wyoming teams with industry on LNG report

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming could benefit from private development of a liquefied natural gas production and distribution system to supply mining operations, railroads and other heavy industrial users, according to a new report.

Gov. Matt Mead on Monday released the report commissioned by the state and a number of private energy companies.

It states that investing up to $400 million to develop a liquefied natural gas system primarily serving the state's coal-producing Powder River Basin region could result in $166 million annual fuel savings versus continued use of diesel fuel.

Texas regulators await new info before tackling tremors

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The panel that regulates the Texas oil and gas industry is waiting for more information before will accept that there are any links between increased seismic activity and drilling activity — especially hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, its executive director told lawmakers on Monday.

The Texas Railroad Commission was reviewing how it regulates wells used for storing wastewater from drilling, Milton Rister, the commission's executive director, told the Texas House Subcommittee on Seismic Activity.

Rister declined to offer specifics and gave a warning to the lawmakers.

Ukraine must pay Russia before gas talks can start: Official


Russia’s deputy energy minister said Monday that Kiev needs to pay Moscow the $3.5 billion that it owes for natural gas before they can discuss Ukraine’s gas contract further, Reuters reports.

Green groups question Pennsylvania's gas drilling report

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection thinks it is doing a good job regulating the biggest gas drilling boom in the nation, but environmental groups say that a new state report is far too optimistic.

The DEP report issued this week claims that Pennsylvania is a "world class leader" in regulating oil and gas production and balancing economic and environmental needs.

That's hardly the case, said Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum.


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