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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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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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Permian rig count up, Marcellus down

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While the gain in the rig count is less than it has been the past few weeks, today’s number still shows an increase of 7 new rigs exploring for oil and gas, according to the latest numbers from Baker Hughes.  It isn’t surprising that the Permian Basin is still the hot spot, with an increase of 7 new rigs for ...

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North Dakota state government is picking winners and losers

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This is the third article in a series addressing water issues in North Dakota.  Every legislative session and campaign season, some politicians will utter the phrase “we can’t be picking winners and losers”.  This statement is often meant to squelch any conversations regarding subsidies for businesses and industries. A statement used primarily by republicans as a talking point and syntactical ...

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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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