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Bakken beefs up rig count, Oklahoma up 5

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For the second week in a row, the Baker Hughes North American rotary rig count increase was led by areas outside of Texas. North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields saw an increase of three new rigs this week, while Oklahoma added five new rigs exploring for oil and gas, presumably in the Granite Wash and Cana Woodford basins. The Eagle Ford in ...

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Bakken leads rig count increase

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The Baker Hughes weekly rig count total showed a small increase of six total rigs exploring for oil and gas Friday, led by an increase of three rigs in the Williston basin. Surprising areas of increase this week led to a net increase while many areas that have seen recent activity showed either losses or no increase at all. While ...

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Dallas Fed: Energy indicators see continued increase

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The most recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for June 2017 shows that many indicators for the oil and gas sector continued to increase in May. While WTI crude dropped slightly, production growth continues to stay strong, especially in the Permian basin. Below is a summary of the report from the Dallas Fed. For more details and graphs, be sure ...

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U.S. Silica plans Permian frac sand plant

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Frederick, Maryland-based U.S. Silica announced plans Monday to build a new frac sand mine and plant in West Texas to serve the Permian Basin. The Permian has been growing steadily despite the recent oil slump, supported by increased production and recently discovered oil reserves by the U.S. Geological Survey at the end of last year. The projected budget for the ...

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Baker Hughes: Rig Count up another 11

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Breaking another record, the Baker Hughes Rotary Rig Count showed an other increase of 11 new rigs exploring for oil and gas this week. Despite some concern about overproduction, the rig count continues its upward climb, with a total of 927 rigs in the U.S. The total North American count is now 1059. Canada also increased its count by 33. ...

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Rig count: Colorado up 5, Texas down 1

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In a small surprise, this week’s Baker Hughes rotary rig count showed a nice gain of rigs exploring for oil and gas in Colorado. Typically, Texas has topped recent weekly increases, but this week the Lone Star State saw its first loss in several weeks. By state, Alaska, New Mexico, North Dakota and Oklahoma also gained one rig each.  Texas was ...

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Who made the A list? Forbes’ list of top 2000 companies

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When Forbes releases a list about successful companies, people are anxious to read who’s who among the big players. Everyone wants to know who’s winning, and who’s slipping. The list, according to Forbes, compiled by measuring each company based on revenues, profits, assets and market value. And despite difficult times, and a downturn in oil, Forbes’ 2017 Global 2000 list of ...

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Oil company protects pregnant polar bear

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An oil company operating in Alaska has proven to be an ally in protecting a pregnant polar bear. The bear sought to dig a maternity den in a snow drift along a bridge leading to an artificial production island off the north coast of Alaska, reports Dan Joling from the Associated Press. Hilcorp Alaska LLC took “vigorous measures” to make ...

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U.S. rig count breaks 900

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With almost 500 more rigs than last year at this time, the Baker Hughes U.S. rotary rig count broke 900 Friday with another sizable jump of 16 new rigs exploring for oil and gas. The U.S. rig count now sits at 901. Of those rigs, 720 are exploring for oil, up 8 from last week, and 180 are exploring for ...

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WSJ: Why Canada and Brazil hurting market balancing efforts

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No one really thinks about how the “little guys” affect the effort to rebalance the oil market. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that a “wave of new petroleum production from countries like Canada and Brazil is adding a new problem for oil traders.” The WSJ notes that the two countries are the seventh and 10th largest oil suppliers, and production ...

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