User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
Category: Oil Exploration
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Second Shell Oil drilling rig on its way to Alaska 30.6.2015 AP Washington
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Royal Dutch Shell's second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska....
Second Shell Oil drilling rig on its way to Alaska 30.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell’s second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska. KIRO-TV reports ( ) the massive oil drill rig was escorted from the harbor in Everett by two tug boats and two Coast Guard vessels. The Noble Discoverer started its move around […]
Iraqi forces repel IS attacks on oilfields 29.6.2015 New Kerala: World News
Baghdad, June 29 : Iraqi security forces and allied militias on Monday regained ground near Iraq's largest oil refinery of Baiji and repelled attacks by Islamic State militants on two other oilfields in Salahudin province, security sources said.
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U.K. County Rejects Fracking Applications 29.6.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
An English county government rejected applications for the first onshore hydraulic fracturing in western Europe since 2011, in a blow to the U.K.’s nascent shale-gas industry.
An Oil Rig Arrives In Alaska, On Its Way To The Arctic 29.6.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
The rig is scheduled to head into the Arctic later this summer as part of an exploratory offshore drilling operation. That drilling is controversial — at least in the lower 48 states.
California oil spill cleanup continues as state may allow expanded production 28.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

A month after state’s worst oil leak in decades, the investigation into what went wrong is ongoing. In the meantime, officials are considering a bid to triple output

Just over a month after California experienced its worst oil spill in decades, the state is considering allowing a company to triple its oil production off the coast of Santa Barbara and run the oil through the same pipeline that leaked on 19 May.

Both oil producers Venoco and ExxonMobil had to halt operations in the region this week as crews continued repairing the ruptured pipeline and cleaning the beaches surrounding it. But that didn’t stop regulators at the State Lands Commission from holding a hearing for Venoco in Goleta, California.

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Port of Seattle CEO sets his sights on the horizon 28.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Tacoma native brings deep grounding in managing large, complex organizations to expansive airport and maritime operations.
A setback in Brazil 28.6.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
JUST A couple of years ago, it was widely concluded that Brazil had finally overcome the decades-old gibe about the world’s fifth-largest country: that it would always be “the country of the future.” Exports, particularly to Asia, were booming; a middle class was filling in the once-polarizing gap between the very rich and very poor; and huge offshore oil discoveries appeared to ensure yet another economic acceleration. In seeming confirmation of its new status, Brazil was chosen to host both soccer’s World Cup last year and the 2016 Olympics.Read full article ...
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Give maritime industry a fair hearing on Shell’s oil-rig lease 28.6.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
A Seattle hearing examiner has decided to let environmentalists, but not maritime advocates, fully participate in the hearing over Shell’s use of Terminal 5.
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Argentina in Falklands asset ruling 28.6.2015 BBC: Business
A judge in Argentina orders the seizure of assets of firms drilling for oil around the Falklands, but it is unclear how it can be enforced.
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Southwestern Energy plans second well on existing Dill Gulch pad and a new well to the north of U.S. 40 27.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
With national gasoline prices at the pumps remaining below $3 a gallon, 2015 has been a quiet year for the energy exploration industry in Northwest Colorado. Now, Southwestern Energy is preparing to break the silence with a permit application in Routt County for a second well bore on the existing Dill Gulch pad south of Hayden. The new Dill Gulch application, proposing a horizontal drill in contrast to the original vertical bore, is scheduled to go to Routt County Planning Commission at 6 p.m. July 16, and the Board of County Commissioners at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Southwestern, which acquired the mineral leases of Shell Oil here for $180 million in 2012 , also has a pending permit application at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for a new well, Flanders 7-88 1-34, north of Hayden. During an intense few years early this decade, several energy exploration companies set out to find out if the Niobrara shale, a mile below the surface in Northwest Colorado, would yield the same strong ...
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Barack Obama sets sizzling climate action pace in push to leave legacy 26.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

The president has used his executive power to spit out climate initiatives at a dizzying rate in 2015 but some see his actions on oil production as contradictory

The White House has churned out about 40 new measures to fight carbon pollution just since the start of 2015, stepping up the pace ahead of critical talks for a global climate change deal.

Two years after Barack Obama’s sweeping promise to fight climate change on 25 June 2013, the president has used his executive powers to spit out new climate events or announcements at a dizzying rate of one every 4.5 days this year, according to the running tally kept by the White House.

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Lancashire county council rejects Cuadrilla fracking bid 26.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Councillors unanimously refuse planning application for fracking at Roseacre Wood, and will meet again on Monday to decide on Preston New Road site

Councillors have unanimously refused a planning application for fracking in Lancashire in a move which has been welcomed by environmental campaigners.

Lancashire County Council’s development control committee turned down Cuadrilla’s application to explore for shale gas by drilling, hydraulically fracking and testing the flow of gas at Roseacre Wood, Roseacre, between Preston and Blackpool.

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Drop In Oil Prices Threatens Economy Of Tiny Texas Town 26.6.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
The tiny, South Texas town of Cotulla has experienced a hotel boom in the past five years, and all that business came from the surge in oil drilling. But the recent drop in oil prices is threatening to undermine the town's future.
Earthquake spike pushes Oklahoma to consider tighter fracking regulations 25.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Decision comes after recent uptick in temblors – 35 of at least 3.0 magnitude from 17-24 June – but it remains unclear what such regulations will look like

Oklahoma is considering tightening regulations on its oil and gas industry, after a spate of earthquakes which regulators say were probably related to an increase in fracking in the state.

Between 17 and 24 June, Oklahoma experienced 35 earthquakes of 3.0 or greater magnitude, a huge jump from the average of about 12 a week experienced over the last year, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

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Why It's so Hard to Regulate Fracking 25.6.2015 American Prospect
AP Photo/Brennan Linsley In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colorado.  In early June, the Environmental Protection Agency released a long-awaited study on the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water. A press release for the report said that there was no evidence of widespread contamination from fracking. However, there were “potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water.” Observers quickly came to wildly different conclusions. Environmental groups say it’s concrete evidence that fracking can contaminate groundwater. The oil and gas industry says the report validates its stance that fracking was largely safe. Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is the process of drilling into shale formations and injecting a cocktail of water, sand to create tiny fractures that access pockets of oil and natural gas. The process has helped fuel a boom of natural gas ...
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The next step for Utes 25.6.2015 Durango Herald
Along Colorado Highway 172 just outside Ignacio, the new headquarters of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund stands as new evidence of the tribe’s success.Wednesday, the Growth Fund’s leadership and Southern Ute tribal councilors welcomed the public into the new $16 million building.“We look at this...
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New report estimates enough natural gas is leaking to negate climate benefits 25.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
Natural gas drilling only has environmental benefits over other processes like coal and oil production if producers can keep a tight lid on leaks Natural gas has been touted as an environmentally friendly substitute to coal and oil production, but a new report estimates enough gas is leaking to negate most of the climate benefits of process. The report , commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund and carried out by environmental consulting group ICF International, estimated the amount of leaks from natural gas and oil production on federal and tribal land in the US. It also looked at venting and flaring, processes in which drilling sites purposefully let gas go into the atmosphere for a variety of reasons – usually for ...
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US economy not as bad in 1st quarter, paving way for rebound 24.6.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated. More recent data show that the weakness was largely temporary, with a rebound in the works for the April-June quarter. The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, shrank at a seasonally […]
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Russia overtakes Saudi Arabia as largest supplier of oil to China 24.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Moscow has had to seek alternative markets following sanctions over Ukraine crisis – but strengthening ties with Beijing has been going on for a while

Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia as the largest supplier of oil to China for the first time, sending almost 930,000 barrels a day last month – up 21% on April.

China imported 3.92m tonnes of crude oil from Russia in May. In comparison, oil imports from Angola and Saudia Arabia totalled 3.26m tonnes and 3.05m tonnes respectively.

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