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Environmentalists have sued a US agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place 9 months ago under the Obama administration. The US Interior Department on 7 August launched an overhaul to an Obama-era plan to protect sage grouse that it says aims to preserve the species of bird while expanding opportunities for oil development in western states where they live. The federal government is barred from auctioning off new drilling rights on public lands in California for at least another year under a settlement reached with environmental groups, one of the groups told Bloomberg.
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued a final environmental impact statement (PEIS) for proposed geological and geophysical surveys of the Gulf of Mexico regarding possible oil and gas development. Because marine seismic surveys are critical in finding offshore oil and gas, The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers and the International Association of Geophysical Contractors have collaborated on a position paper that assesses the effect of such work on marine mammals.
The court said it was mindful of the disruption the shutdown will cause but said the seriousness of deficiencies from the US Army Corps of Engineers outweighs the negative effects of shutting down the pipeline. The White House review of proposed rules for an expanded credit for capturing and storing carbon dioxide resulted in changes that give the IRS more time to take back the credits in case of carbon leaks. US Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue ordered the US Forest Service to expedite environmental reviews on its land, paving the way for more grazing, logging, and oil development on public lands. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved new rules governing well construction, testing, and related matters, which the agency says will result in the strongest rules nationwide to protect groundwater from contamination from oil and gas activity. The Texas Railroad Commission’s chairman has said the commission will look into policies to “drastically reduce” natural gas flaring from the state’s shale patch as investors become increasingly sensitive to climate-change concerns. New Mexico state regulators vowed to keep the oil and gas industry in check during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent market collapse, as some groups worried that shut-in wells and other cost-saving measures could lead to operators flouting environmental regulations. The Alberta Energy Regulator has suspended a wide array of environmental monitoring requirements for oilsands companies over public health concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. After years of negotiations, the province announced that it had reached a preliminary agreement with the federal government that it calls a “major step toward providing Alberta’s oil and gas industry a single set of strong rules to reduce methane emissions and protect the environment.”
Pirates attacked an oil production vessel off Nigeria in the early hours of 2 July and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals, the ship’s owner BW Offshore said. US pipeline company Energy Transfer has taken the rare step of invoking force majeure—normally used in times of war or natural disaster—to prevent oil firms from walking away from a proposed expansion of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, according to two sources familiar with the matter. What Are the Security Challenges of the Oil and Gas Market? Protecting the oil and gas market is key to a thriving economy. The list of security challenges for oil and gas requires the best technology solutions the industry has to offer. A panel of experts addresses the question "What are the security challenges of the oil and gas market?"
Can safety professionals leverage the spotlight on the profession to push correction and compliance? The platform, created by DrillingVR and safety group DROPS, has been designed to present online space for collaboration, meetings, and learning about dropped-object prevention. Between your current level of safety performance and excellent safety performance there is a gap. If you are going to reach excellence, you must bridge that gap. Before you can bridge it, you must identify the basic elements that create it. Energy companies began preparations to resume oil and gas production in the US Gulf of Mexico a day after Tropical Storm Cristobal blew through with high winds and heavy rains. The testing, inspection, and certification company is reporting a 900% rise in demand for the remote inspection of offshore assets and equipment since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report from the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers is in relation to a person who used alcohol-based hand gel sanitizer and, after application but before the liquid had fully evaporated, touched a metal surface, where a build-up of static ignited the alcohol. AltaML has announced a partnership with engineering and design firm Kleinfelder in which the two companies will pair 3D reality scans of facilities with artificial intelligence to look for potential problems and risks.
The two companies have teamed up to provide COVID-19 testing for oil and gas companies that want to test their employees at headquarters and remote rig locations across the country. State regulators have failed to prevent Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling industry from sickening people and poisoning air and water, a grand jury concluded in a report issued after a 2-year investigation. Indonesia is home to numerous oil and gas fields, and upstream oil and gas activities are integral to the country's economic growth. Here are the key regulatory changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting Indonesia's oil and gas sector. Living near active oil and gas wells may put pregnant people at higher risk of having low-birth-weight babies, especially in rural areas, finds a new study of birth outcomes in California. The oil and gas company is using a new online platform to track its out-of-state workers’ health. A recently completed health impact assessment in New Mexico found periodic spikes of formaldehyde and other pollutants associated with oil and gas development recorded at unsafe levels for short periods of time near homes.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ quarterly survey of operators and service companies shows an industry still confident in its near-term growth prospects. However, concerns remain about a number of issues, ranging from the steel tariffs to crude oil price differentials in the Permian. Energy activity has shown solid expansion, but to increase drilling, companies need a higher average oil price compared to last year’s surveys, reflecting a steady increase since 2Q and 4Q in 2017. The ability to find workers and limited pipeline capacity could limit near-term growth. Aggressive drilling growth in the Permian and other shale plays belies the cost of those wells, which in many cases are in the red.
Driven by a recovery in well completions and increased proppant loading per well, the market for raw fracturing sand is expected to grow by more than 4% annually through 2021, an industry research study says. Crude oil production in the United States is expected to approach 10 million B/D in 2018 and surpass a previous high achieved in 1970, according to the latest US EIA forecast. A global energy model estimates the long-term energy mix, including solids, liquids, and gases, that will satisfy energy demand to the year 2040.