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Texas RRC Eyeing E&P Incentives, Reduced Time to Flare/Vent Natural Gas

Texas RRC Eyeing E&P Incentives, Reduced Time to Flare/Vent Natural Gas

Texas oil and gas regulators are looking for ways to reduce natural gas flaring, a particular problem  in the Permian Basin, by providing incentives and requiring operators to justify why they need exemptions. Draft rules were approved Tuesday by the three-member Railroad Commission (RRC), and will now undergo a 30-day comment period. Chairman Wayne Christian…

August 5, 2020
Kinder Morgan Progressing Key Natural Gas, Export Projects

Kinder Morgan Progressing Key Natural Gas, Export Projects

The double whammy of Covid-19 and an oil market downturn resulted in stinging declines on the Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) pipeline network, but the midstream giant reported a fair share of green shoots during a second quarter earnings call. Houston-based KMI on Wednesday reported higher natural gas transport volumes year/year and said nearly all of…

July 23, 2020
North America Likely Taking Biggest Hit from Pullback in Global Oil, Gas Drilling

North America Likely Taking Biggest Hit from Pullback in Global Oil, Gas Drilling

The number of oil and natural gas wells likely to be drilled around the world this year is forecast to hit its lowest level since at least the early 2000s, with North America the most impacted from slumping demand in the age of Covid-19. An analysis by Rystad Energy issued on Tuesday pegged the number…

July 14, 2020
Oil, Natural Gas Production Slide to Continue Next Month in Key Lower 48 Unconventional Plays

Oil, Natural Gas Production Slide to Continue Next Month in Key Lower 48 Unconventional Plays

Deflating oil and natural gas production from seven of the most prolific U.S. onshore unconventional plays is expected to continue in August, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).  Total oil production from the Anadarko, Appalachian and Permian basins, and the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Niobrara formations is expected to decline to 7.49 million…

July 13, 2020
More Losses for Oil Patch as U.S. Rig Count Grinds Lower

More Losses for Oil Patch as U.S. Rig Count Grinds Lower

A continued slide in oil-directed activity helped drop the U.S. rig count another five units to 258 for the week ending Friday (July 10), according to the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Four oil-directed rigs, along with one natural gas-directed, exited the United States during the period, putting the overall domestic tally 700…

July 10, 2020
Noble Bringing Back Curtailed U.S. Oil Volumes, Expanding NatGas Export Capacity Overseas

Noble Bringing Back Curtailed U.S. Oil Volumes, Expanding NatGas Export Capacity Overseas

Noble Energy Inc. said Thursday the bulk of its shut-in U.S. oil and gas production would be brought back online in the coming weeks.  Noble, whose vast U.S. portfolio extends across Texas and Colorado, said its second quarter curtailments totaled 11,000 b/d of oil. But “significant improvements in operating costs and netback pricing” will allow…

July 9, 2020
Finally Toppled by Debt, Chesapeake in Bankruptcy

Finally Toppled by Debt, Chesapeake in Bankruptcy

Chesapeake Energy Corp., once a symbol of the American natural gas industry’s revival and a disruptive leader that helped spark the nation’s unconventional boom, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Sunday to wipe out $7 billion of debt.  The move follows months of speculation and years of cost-cutting initiatives at the Oklahoma City-based independent, which…

June 29, 2020

Permian, Eagle Ford Permitting Climbs in November; Natural Gas Activity Inches Up

Drilling permits in oil formations rose to 465 in the first week of December, up 91% from the final week of November, as activity remained consistent in Texas and in the Midwest, along with the Bakken Shale bouncing back, according to a tally by Evercore ISI.

December 18, 2019
Cactus II Ramp Heralds Start of More Permian Crude Takeaway Options

Cactus II Ramp Heralds Start of More Permian Crude Takeaway Options

One of the first of the big Permian Basin-to-Gulf Coast crude pipelines has reached its destination in South Texas, according to Trafigura Trading LLC and Buckeye Partners LP.

August 14, 2019
ConocoPhillips Grows ‘Big 3’ Lower 48 Production by 30%

ConocoPhillips Grows ‘Big 3’ Lower 48 Production by 30%

ConocoPhillips grew its unconventional production in three Lower 48 unconventional plays by more than 30% in the first quarter and held the line on capital expenditures (capex) and production guidance.

May 1, 2019