Wells

Alberta Launches Campaign to Clear Backlog of Depleted, Inactive Wells

Alberta Launches Campaign to Clear Backlog of Depleted, Inactive Wells

The Alberta government launched a long-range campaign last week to make oil and gas companies pay for cleaning up a generations-old and growing backlog of 96,969 depleted and inactive wells. Energy Minister Sonya Savage announced a stiffened polluter-pay policy that requires producers to devise five-year cleanup plans and act on them under supervision by the…

August 3, 2020
Permian Gains Give Oomph to U.S. Drilling Permits in June, but Recovery to 2019 Levels Not in Sight

Permian Gains Give Oomph to U.S. Drilling Permits in June, but Recovery to 2019 Levels Not in Sight

Requests for U.S. drilling permits improved in June following a brutal April and May, with the Permian Basin still the top region for operators, according to Evercore ISI. The analyst firm each month compiles permitting statistics for the Lower 48 and offshore using federal and state data. Covid-19 and low commodity prices had crushed permit…

July 20, 2020
BC Faces Growing Backlog of Orphan Natural Gas Well Cleanups After Ranch Energy Failure

BC Faces Growing Backlog of Orphan Natural Gas Well Cleanups After Ranch Energy Failure

A two-year corporate bankruptcy case has resulted in a 110% jump in discarded orphan natural gas wells and production facilities awaiting cleanups, according to the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC). A court-supervised distress auction in the province only sold 414 sites or one-half the BC assets of defunct Ranch Energy Corp. to Erikson…

June 30, 2020
Coronavirus, Commodity Price Crash Prompt North Dakota to Write Prescription for Idle Wells

Coronavirus, Commodity Price Crash Prompt North Dakota to Write Prescription for Idle Wells

The North Dakota Industrial Commission (IC) on Tuesday adopted remedies that may protect oil and gas producers during an expected spike in idle wells from the global economic slowdown.

March 25, 2020
California Energy Industry Counters Claims of Inability to Handle Idle Oil, Gas Wells

California Energy Industry Counters Claims of Inability to Handle Idle Oil, Gas Wells

Officials on Monday countered allegations in a report that California regulators and the oil and gas industry are not prepared to handle a backlog of idle wells tied to declining production.

February 11, 2020

CNX Reaches Settlement with Pennsylvania to Cover Well Plugging Liabilities

CNX Resources Corp. has reached a settlement with Pennsylvania regulators requiring the company to post a $1.48 million performance bond to ensure coverage for the costs of plugging 141 natural gas wells in the southwestern part of the state.

October 15, 2019
North Dakota’s Bakken Sets More Oil, Gas Production Records; Flaring Climbs

North Dakota’s Bakken Sets More Oil, Gas Production Records; Flaring Climbs

Oil and natural gas production in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale keeps ramping up to record levels, but challenges remain as the industry has fallen short of the state’s gas capture goals.

September 17, 2019

‘Clear Evidence’ U.S. Oil Well Productivity Gains Maxing Out

Surging onshore oil production wrested from wells using unconventional drilling techniques may have reached its maximum level and could decline as producers deal with well interference and “rock quality deterioration.”

September 4, 2019

North Dakota Considering Crackdown on Idle Oil Wells

North Dakota officials are attempting to address the nagging problem of abandoned oil wells at a time when robust Bakken Shale growth continues unabated.

September 3, 2019
Chaparral, SandRidge Reduce Workforces but Pursue Different Strategies

Chaparral, SandRidge Reduce Workforces but Pursue Different Strategies

Two Oklahoma City-based producers reduced their workforces in the second quarter in order to trim general and administrative costs, but one plans to ramp up Northwest Oklahoma exploration while the other looks to Colorado.

August 9, 2019
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