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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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Eugene Graner: $60 oil will have to wait

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Eugene Graner, with Heartland Investor Services, released his latest Market Quick Take. Despite a desire for $60 oil by OPEC, domestic shale producers, and many others, we don’t always get what we want. Instead, it looks likes $60 oil might be just out of reach. Graner mentions there are several technical and fundamental obstacles keeping oil from going up. Consistent ...

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Hot new Bakken jobs – April 10

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We’ve rounded up a few of the hottest jobs in the Bakken. Whether you’re entry-level or you’ve got experience, there’s someone looking for you. Check these out: Frac Operator Adler Hot Oil Service, Williston, is looking for a Frac Operator. This job requires only one year of oilfield experience and a high school or equivalent education. You’ll need a CDL ...

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Repsol announces largest U.S. oil discovery in 30 years

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Spanish oil company Repsol announced what it is calling “the largest U.S. onshore discovery in 30 years,” according to a March 9 press release. Repsol, and its partner Armstrong Energy discovered what they believe is approximately 1.2 billion barrels of recoverable light oil from Alaska’s North Slope in the Nanushuk play. Repsol isn’t new to Alaska. The company has been ...

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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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