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November 1, 2012
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  • Report: Offshore permitting returns to prespill levels
    The pace of offshore-drilling permits being issued by the federal government has returned to levels seen before the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Quest Offshore said in a report. Seventy-eight exploration drilling permits and 36 development drilling permits were issued by the Interior Department over the past year, the study determined. Quest also cited an increase in permits to drill wells at existing Gulf fields. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Mississippi Lime Congress 2012, November 28-29, Oklahoma City
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  Industry News 
  • BLM requests input on Anadarko's Wyo. drilling project
    The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments on Anadarko Petroleum's plan to drill 125 wells in Wyoming's Patrick Draw oil field. The project wouldn't commence until 2016, Anadarko spokeswoman Robin Olsen said, adding that the number of wells would be dependent on market changes. "We're really just trying to get out in front of it from an environmental standpoint," she said. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chevron to face suit in Argentina over Ecuador pollution claims
    Ecuadorean indigenous groups will sue Chevron in Argentina over claims that the company's former Texaco unit polluted Ecuador's portion of the Amazon region. Chevron holds about $2 billion in properties in Argentina, according to lawyers for the plaintiffs. Chevron has few assets in Ecuador, but the plaintiffs are attempting to seize Chevron assets in other countries to enforce settlement of a $19 billion judgment by an Ecuadorian court. "The Ecuador judgment is a product of bribery, fraud, and it is illegitimate," Chevron said. "The company does not believe that the Ecuador judgment is enforceable in any court that observes the rule of law." Rigzone/Dow Jones Newswires (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Exploration & Production 
  • Shell finishes Alaskan drilling project for 2012
    Royal Dutch Shell is ending the first season for its drilling projects in Alaska's Beaufort and Chukchi seas. The company's Noble Discoverer rig is sailing from the Chukchi Sea, while its Kulluk unit is finishing demobilization from the Beaufort Sea. "The work we accomplished in drilling the top portions of the Burger A well in the Chukchi Sea and the Sivulliq well in the Beaufort Sea will go a long way in positioning Shell for another successful drilling program in 2013," Shell said. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marcellus operators report minimal impact from Sandy
    Hurricane Sandy had only a minor impact on Marcellus Shale production, several operators in the play said. "Our operations, including production, were not adversely impacted by the storm," Cabot Oil & Gas spokesman George Stark said. Talisman Energy took the necessary measures before the storm, said Berta Gomez, the company's media relations adviser. Platts (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • N.C. gubernatorial candidates give different views on fracking
    North Carolina gubernatorial candidates Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory offered opposing views on hydraulic fracturing. "You have to guarantee that it can be done safely. I'm not for it if it can't be guaranteed," Dalton, a Democrat, said. Republican McCrory, meanwhile, said he believes fracking and offshore energy exploration in the state can be performed without harming the environment. Shale Reporter/The Associated Press (11/1) 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
  • Class A, B, C Storage Tank Operator Training
    As recognized leaders in safety-training and storage-tank-compliance services, the American Petroleum Institute and Antea Group have joined forces to offer an online UST Operator Training program that meets both federal and state operator-training requirements as mandated by the Federal Underground Storage Tank Compliance Act of 2005. Our comprehensive program is state-approved, and includes Class A, Class B and Class C certification for storage-tank operators. All training content includes state-specific regulations and can be customized for various storage-tank configurations. Our unique online training is conveniently available 24 hours a day. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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