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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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Rig count increases for 17th week in a row

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According to the May 12 Baker Hughes rig count, drillers added 8 rigs for a total of 885 total rigs exploring for oil and gas. It’s the 17th straight week of increases. The count is up 479 from last year at this time. Oil rigs increased by nine, while the total rigs exploring for gas dropped by one. It’s no surprise ...

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Methane rule pits ND leaders against one another

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The U.S. Senate rejected a resolution to revoke the Obama-era rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands, reports Reuters. The inability to revoke the law is seen as a direct blow to the Trump and his ability to “free the drilling industry from what he sees as excessive environmental regulation.” On the campaign trail ...

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Texas rig count ramp up continues

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This week’s Baker Hughes North America Rotary Rig Count showed another week of increases in Texas, with an addition of 11 new rigs exploring for oil and gas. The U.S. total rigs is now 870, up 13 from last week. Nine of those rigs are exploring for oil, while 4 are searching for gas. The Gulf of Mexico lost 3 ...

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Is it the beginning of the end for the Bakken?

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On March 1, 2017, petroleum geologist Art Berman wrote, “It’s the beginning of the end for the Bakken Shale play.” Berman gives several reasons why the Bakken oil fields will never return to its former glory. Here are the highlights: A decline in production that began January 2015. Berman says its “probably not reversible. New well performance has deteriorated. Gas-oil ...

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API and COGA join in Colorado oil and gas moratorium lawsuit

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Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is being joined by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) in a lawsuit that hopes to put an end to the moratorium on oil and gas development in Boulder County, Colorado. John Flynn from the Times-Call reported that Boulder District Judge Norma Sierra granted the two industry trade ...

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Up, up and away! Rig count up another 3

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The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count continues to steadily climb, gaining another 3 rigs this week. A total of 602 rigs are exploring for oil, up 5 from last week, while gas rigs declined by 2. By state, Texas still leads the pack with 386 rigs, up 8 from last week. Alaska and Louisiana each lost two, while North Dakota ...

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Dealogic reports record-breaking M&A deals

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A couple of “mega-deals,” including a $17.2 billion takeover of ONEOK Partners by its parent firm, are part of a record-breaking quarter of M&A transactions that showed total oil and gas deals at the start of 2017 are four times what they were last year during the same time-frame, reports Dave Forest of Oiloprice.com. A recent report by M&A specialists ...

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Two Marcellus, Utica area natural gas pipelines approved

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The executive order that gave TransCanada the go ahead to pursue completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline stole the spotlight from two smaller, but still substantial pipeline projects received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A TransCanada press release announced the approval for the construction of the Leach XPress and RayneXPress projects. Both will provide natural gas from the ...

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Movin’ on up! Rig count gains 18

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The Baker Hughes rig count showed another generous gain Friday. After a large jump last week, the number continues to climb. Of the 712 total, 566 are exploring for oil, 145 are exploring for gas, and 1 is labeled miscellaneous. Offshore, the rig count dropped by 3. The Permian Basin continues to stand out, claiming over half of the total ...

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