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January 3, 2013
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  • Court is urged to dismiss lawsuit against Interior's leasing plan
    The Center for Sustainable Economy's lawsuit against the Department of the Interior's five-year offshore leasing program should be dismissed as the group has insufficient standing in the case, the American Petroleum Institute and other industry organizations told a federal court. CSE, which claims the leasing program is "critically flawed, biased and incomplete," has not experienced the "particularized injury" that is necessary to clear the bar for standing, industry groups said in a court filing. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Shell says it can still operate safely after grounding of rig
    Royal Dutch Shell remains confident that it is capable of operating safely after one of its drilling rigs in Alaska ran aground after breaking free of its tow line during a storm, spokesman Curtis Smith said. "We encountered severe weather basically all summer long in the Arctic," he said. "While it was challenging, the personnel and the assets and the rigs performed very well." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shell, regulators seek to conduct flyovers to evaluate grounded rig: Royal Dutch Shell, Noble Corp., the U.S. Coast Guard and Alaskan regulators plan to carry out a number of flyovers to evaluate the condition of Shell's Kulluk drilling rig, which ran aground on the southeast portion of Alaska's Sitkalidak Island on Dec. 31. The rig contained about 139,000 gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel, but a recent aerial assessment detected no signs of leaks. Rigzone (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New technologies reshape oil, gas drilling landscape
    Advancements in drilling technology such as Royal Dutch Shell's Noble Bully 1 are helping energy firms tap oil and natural gas in areas previously deemed accessible, observers note. The 30,270-ton Bully is equipped with next generation digital technologies that help Shell increase efficiency and safety in drilling at a cheaper cost. "Since I started out, the water has gotten deeper, the wells have gotten deeper and the technology has gotten much more challenging," said David Loeb, the company's deepwater operations manager in the Gulf of Mexico. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Exploration & Production 
  • Petrobras discovers more oil offshore in Brazil
    Petrobras announced the discovery of more good quality oil in the Santos Basin off the Brazilian coast. The company said it struck a 1,545-foot column of hydrocarbons following drilling operations at its Carcara well in the basin. Reuters (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conoco, NSE cite progress in drilling onshore Australian well
    ConocoPhillips and New Standard Energy have drilled their Gibb Miatland-1 exploration well in Australia's Canning Basin to 6,184 feet after a blowout preventer test and drill bit change were completed. "A decision was made to deepen the well further before utilizing a revised bottom hole assembly including logging while drilling (LWD) tools in order to drill ahead to the second casing point in the well," New Standard said. Rigzone (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • House GOP aide joins API media team
    House Republican Study Committee senior aide Brian Straessle will leave his post to join the American Petroleum Institute's media team. "It's been an enormous privilege to work with the members and staff here at the Republican Study Committee," said Straessle, who served as the committee's communications director. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (1/2) 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 hear about emerging trends from industry experts in topics such as inspection technologies/NDE/corrosion/engineering analysis/software. Eight panel discussions on timely industry issues are planned to enhance interaction with attendees. It is also the only networking event for inspectors in the industry and includes an exhibit hall with more than 60 companies displaying the latest in inspection services. The API Inspection Summit program will feature over 120 individual presentations, 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. View the draft program and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What Can EN Do for You?
      
    Thanks to you and other passionate advocates across the country, Energy Nation sent thousands of letters to make our voices heard in the halls of Congress and in the White House this year. In 2013, we want to keep up the momentum. We'd love to learn more about the issues that interest you -- take a short survey to let us know. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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