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November 5, 2012
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  • Fracking is a key issue in N.Y. elections, experts say
    Hydraulic fracturing has become a crucial issue in New York as the election nears, particularly in regions where drilling would be performed, observers say. Pro-fracking group Joint Landowners Coalition of New York has issued endorsements for several candidates. "Electing pro-gas candidates at the local level will be crucial while we wait for our courts to determine the extent of local and state control over natural gas development," said Dan Fitzsimmons, head of the group. Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)/The Associated Press (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry News 
  • NASA to teach Chevron about exploration in harsh conditions
    NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab has agreed to lend its space exploration knowledge to help Chevron find oil in extreme conditions here on Earth. The U.S. oil major is interested in the lab's valve control technologies, single-phase pumping motors and integrated management systems. "This alliance is an opportunity to bridge public- and private-sector technology and research to discover oil and natural gas volumes that are found in deep remote reservoirs," said John McDonald, corporate vice president and chief technology officer at Chevron. AOL Government (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shell plans changes to Alaskan offshore-drilling activities
    Royal Dutch Shell has learned several lessons from its Alaskan offshore-drilling project and is making the necessary preparations for when it resumes operations there. The company seeks to change the cranes on its Kulluk drilling vessel and install rotor heating on its helicopters. Such moves will allow the company to better adapt to colder temperatures. (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BP gets clearance for expansion of Indonesian LNG project
    BP's $12 billion expansion plan for the Tangguh liquefied natural gas project in Indonesia has secured the Indonesian government's approval. The expansion involves the construction of a third liquefaction train at the facility, which would have an annual liquefaction capacity of 4.18 million tons, the company said. "Approval of the plan is an important step in preparation for the final investment decision for this expansion, which is currently expected to be taken in 2014," BP said. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Solving Heavy Oil Processing Issues with New Modeling Technology
Heavy feedstocks often present difficult operational challenges for refiners. To process heavy crudes safely and profitably, can require development of new equipment or major changes in operating conditions. However, new methods that improve the accuracy of feedstock process models, enable refiners to adapt their process more easily and with reduced costs. Register now.
  Exploration & Production 
  • Shell secures offshore-drilling rights in Canada
    Royal Dutch Shell secured the rights to drill in five offshore sites in Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador province. The company was the only bidder on the assets, offering $97.35 million, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said. "Right now we are in the early stages and we are going to have to [do] seismic and other technical work," said Shell spokesman Stephen Doolan. Reuters (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Refining & Marketing 
  • Chevron expects Calif. refinery to reach full capacity in 2013
    Chevron's refinery in Richmond, Calif., is expected to return to full production during the first quarter of 2013, the company said. A fire broke out at the plant's crude unit early in August, and the incident continues to be investigated. "This is the most definitive statement we've made about a startup of the unit," spokesman Kurt Glaubitz said. The Oakland Tribune (Calif.) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Canada lengthens CNOOC-Nexen merger review
    Canada's review of CNOOC's $15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen has been extended to Dec. 10. The extra time will allow Canadian regulators to review foreign acquisition rules and issue broad guidelines for such deals. Reuters (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  API News 
  • API Inspection Summit, Jan. 7 to 10, Galveston, Texas
    The American Petroleum Institute invites you to attend the API Inspection Summit & Expo in Galveston, Texas, at the Galveston Island Convention Center, Jan. 7 to 10. The summit will provide you an opportunity to learn about new and existing industry codes and standards, and to hear about emerging trends from industry experts. It is also the only networking event for inspectors in the industry and includes an exhibit hall with more than 50 companies displaying the latest in inspection services. The API Inspection Summit program will feature over 120 individual sessions, as well as a new feature for 2013 -- a one-day optional training component consisting of eight technical courses, providing in-depth education to attendees. The Call for Presentations has been extended to Sept. 14. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E&P Onshore Operations Safety Program
    The E&P Onshore Operations Safety Program provides training on key safety issues found at onshore job sites and includes an examination covering industry safety practices. This program is based on API's E&P Onshore Operations Safety Handbook, and provides awareness-level training on key safety issues found at onshore E&P job sites. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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