Ohio commission awards bids to frack oil and gas under state parks, wildlife areas

Ohio commission awards bids to frack oil and gas under state parks, wildlife areas Feb 26, 2024 An Ohio commission awarded bids to frack oil and gas under state parks Monday, despite statewide backlash and an ongoing investigation into possibly fraudulent support. The Ohio Oil and Gas Land Management Commission…

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U.S. Oil Drillers Are Going Electric—and Hitting Speed Bumps

U.S. Oil Drillers Are Going Electric—and Hitting Speed Bumps January 29, 2024 In the country’s busiest oil field, frackers are devouring nearly as much electricity as four Seattles every day—and they are clamoring for more. Diamondback Energy, a major producer in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico,…

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Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals

Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals

Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals Energize Weekly, January 31, 2024 Upstream oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hit a record $144 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023 driven by two mega-deals – ExxonMobil’s $65 billion acquisition of Pioneer Natural…

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Chesapeake to become top US natural gas producer with $7.4 billion deal for Southwestern

Chesapeake to become top US natural gas producer with $7.4 billion deal for Southwestern January 11, 2024 Chesapeake Energy (CHK.O), agreed to buy smaller rival Southwestern Energy (SWN.N), in an all-stock transaction valued at $7.4 billion, a deal that will make it the largest independent U.S. natural gas producer. The…

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Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts

Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts

Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts Energize Weekly, January 10, 2024 Better coordination between the Texas electric and natural gas industries is key to getting individual generating facilities up and running – a so-called blackstart – after a cold-weather blackout, according to a…

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New Mexico officials propose regulations for reuse of fracking wastewater

New Mexico officials propose regulations for reuse of fracking wastewater December 29, 2023 New Mexico environmental officials have proposed a new regulatory framework for reusing wastewater with a focus on the used, salty byproducts of oil and natural gas drilling in a major U.S. production zone. The Environment Department announced…

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Major oil companies atop a cash-flow wave reduce debt, increase shareholder payouts

Major oil companies atop a cash-flow wave reduce debt, increase shareholder payouts

Major oil companies atop a cash-flow wave reduce debt, increase shareholder payouts Energize Weekly, December 20, 2023 The world’s five largest oil companies, riding a wave of high energy prices, pulled in $613 billion in cash flow between January 2021 and September 2023, which they used to reduce debt and…

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Feds propose 20-year ban on mining, oil and gas drilling on 225,000 acres in Thompson Divide

Feds propose 20-year ban on mining, oil and gas drilling on 225,000 acres in Thompson Divide Dec 12, 2023 The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plan to remove 224,713 acres from possible mining or oil and gas drilling for the next 20 years would seem worthy of an…

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Williams increases DJ basin gas gathering, processing assets through closed deals

Williams increases DJ basin gas gathering, processing assets through closed deals Nov. 30, 2023 Williams, Tulsa, Okla., closed two transactions that now position the company as the third largest gatherer in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) basin, the company said in a release Nov. 30. The acquisitions have a combined value of…

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IEA takes aim at oil and gas sector at COP28, industry offers an agreement to cut methane

IEA takes aim at oil and gas sector at COP28, industry offers an agreement to cut methane

IEA takes aim at oil and gas sector at COP28, industry offers an agreement to cut methane Energize Weekly, December 6, 2023 As the climate conference – COP28 – opened in Dubai, the International Energy Agency (IEA) fired a shot across the bow of the oil industry with an analysis…

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News From the Oil Patch: U.S. sets all-time crude production record

News From the Oil Patch: U.S. sets all-time crude production record Oct 16, 2023 U.S. operators set an all-time record for crude oil production last week. According to the Energy Information Administration, domestic output averaged 13,218,000 barrels per day last week. That’s the best weekly tally ever, 140,000 barrels per…

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Exxon’s blockbuster Pioneer merger needs Biden’s blessing

Exxon’s blockbuster Pioneer merger needs Biden’s blessing Oct 8, 2023 Exxon Mobil Corp. needs approval from the Biden administration before it can take over independent oil and gas producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co. in what would be the world’s biggest deal this year. That might not be such an easy…

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Favorable economics, the need for new reserves boost global oil exploration investments

Favorable economics, the need for new reserves boost global oil exploration investments

Favorable economics, the need for new reserves boost global oil exploration investments Energize Weekly, October 3, 2023 Global oil and gas exploration and production investments are set for a big rebound, according to energy analysts Wood Mackenzie and Rystad Energy. While not reaching the levels of the 2006-to-2014 boom years,…

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Appeals Court Blocks Biden Bid to Limit Oil Drilling Auction

Appeals Court Blocks Biden Bid to Limit Oil Drilling Auction September 25, 2023 A federal court left in place an order forcing the Biden administration to expand an upcoming sale of offshore drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, while giving the government more time to hold the auction. The…

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US natgas futures steady on healthy demand, lower supply

US natgas futures steady on healthy demand, lower supply Sept 25 U.S. natural gas futures steadied on Monday and consolidated gains from the previous session, buoyed by healthy demand and slightly lower output projections, even as the market transitions into the shoulder period for gas demand. Demand for power usually…

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Increased U.S. natural gas production in 2023 is boosting LNG and ethane exports

Increased U.S. natural gas production in 2023 is boosting LNG and ethane exports

Increased U.S. natural gas production in 2023 is boosting LNG and ethane exports Energize Weekly, September 20, 2023 Record U.S. natural gas production in 2023 is leading to a record ethane production and liquified natural gas (LNG) exports, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA is forecasting…

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Legal assault awaits Biden’s Alaska lease cancellation

Legal assault awaits Biden’s Alaska lease cancellation 09/11/2023 An Alaska corporation is already teeing up a legal battle over the Biden administration’s decision to cancel contested oil and gas leases in a massive wildlife refuge. The Interior Department announced plans last week to revoke seven leases held by the Alaska…

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Global oil and gas exploration spending is up at $50 billion in 2023 but reserves are down

Global oil and gas exploration spending is up at $50 billion in 2023 but reserves are down

Global oil and gas exploration spending is up at $50 billion in 2023 but reserves are down Energize Weekly, August 30, 2023 Conventional oil and gas exploration is on the upswing and spending is expected to reach $50 billion in 2023 – the highest in five years – but discovered…

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Chesapeake to complete Eagle Ford basin exit with SilverBow deal

Chesapeake to complete Eagle Ford basin exit with SilverBow deal August 14, 2023 U.S. natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy (CHK.O) said on Monday it would sell its remaining Eagle Ford assets to SilverBow Resources (SBOW.N) for $700 million, completing its exit from the south Texas basin. The company’s asset sales…

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A surge in carbon capture and storage projects brings promise, mergers and challenges

A surge in carbon capture and storage projects brings promise, mergers and challenges

A surge in carbon capture and storage projects brings promise, mergers and challenges Energize Weekly, August 16, 2023 Initiatives in the carbon capture market are surging with new projects, acquisitions, and a swell in government funding, but the sector could face challenges in permitting, capital costs and adequate subsidies, according…

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Biden administration announces $650 million to plug orphaned gas and oil wells

Biden administration announces $650 million to plug orphaned gas and oil wells 07/10/23 The Interior Department announced Monday more than $650 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to plug abandoned oil and gas wells. The $660 million in funding, available to 27 states, will go toward the plugging of so-called…

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Global oil and gas investment rises even as demand slows risking overcapacity in the sector

Global oil and gas investment rises even as demand slows risking overcapacity in the sector

Global oil and gas investment rises even as demand slows risking overcapacity in the sector Energize Weekly, June 21, 2023 Global demand for oil is set to slow in the next five years even as investment in oil industry infrastructure is projected to grow, risking an overcapacity in production, according…

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Supermajors are scrubbing their greenhouse gas emissions by offloading dirtier assets

Supermajors are scrubbing their greenhouse gas emissions by offloading dirtier assets

Supermajors are scrubbing their greenhouse gas emissions by offloading dirtier assets Energize Weekly, May 31, 2023 Seven of the world’s “supermajor” oil companies are cleaning up their greenhouse gas emissions in large part by offloading some of the dirtiest assets to small companies who are often poor environmental performers, according…

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Chevron’s $7.6B purchase of PDC Energy creates the biggest oil and gas company in Colorado

Chevron’s $7.6B purchase of PDC Energy creates the biggest oil and gas company in Colorado May 23, 2023 Chevron Corp. is buying PDC Energy in a $7.6 billion deal that will make it by far and away the largest oil and gas producer in Colorado and continues a trend in…

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Oil and gas M&A deals down 50 percent to $14.8 billion quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2023

Oil and gas M&A deals down 50 percent to $14.8 billion quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2023

Oil and gas M&A deals down 50 percent to $14.8 billion quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2023 Energize Weekly, May 10, 2023 Oil and gas industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) flagged in the first quarter of 2023 with a 35 percent drop in deals to 74 and the value halved to $14.8…

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Standard Chartered Dubs Latest USA EIA Data Highly Bullish

Standard Chartered Dubs Latest USA EIA Data Highly Bullish May 02, 2023 In a new report sent to Rigzone on April 28, analysts at Standard Chartered said the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) weekly data was “highly bullish” according to the company’s U.S. oil data bull-bear index, which they said…

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Hydrogen is supplementing natural gas, but critics remain wary

Hydrogen is supplementing natural gas, but critics remain wary FEB 6, 2023 A public utility is experimenting with blending small amounts of carbon-free hydrogen into natural gas lines in some Minnesota homes, but critics argue the procedure remains largely an exercise in hot air. As first reported last week by…

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Number of oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hits a 17-year low in Q4 of 2022

Number of oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hits a 17-year low in Q4 of 2022

Number of oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hits a 17-year low in Q4 of 2022 Energize Weekly, February 1, 2023 The volume of oil and gas sector mergers and acquisitions fell to a 17-year low in the last quarter of 2022 as deal value for the quarter declined 13…

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Biden administration threatens veto of GOP bill restricting strategic oil reserve releases

Biden administration threatens veto of GOP bill restricting strategic oil reserve releases Jan 23, 2023 The Biden administration is threatening to veto Republican-led legislation that would restrict the release of oil from the country’s emergency reserve. “If Congress were to pass H.R. 21, the president would veto it. He will…

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US House passes bill to ban US strategic oil reserve sales to China; Senate path unclear

US House passes bill to ban US strategic oil reserve sales to China; Senate path unclear 12 Jan 2023 The US House of Representatives advanced legislation Jan. 12 aimed at preventing crude oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve from ending up in China, sending the measure to the Senate…

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Why natural gas prices — and bills — are soaring in Southern California

Why natural gas prices — and bills — are soaring in Southern California JAN. 9, 2023 Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric have issued stark warnings to customers that their January natural gas bills could double, citing factors for historically high wholesale costs that include sinking…

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Meet the renewable energy source poised for growth with the help of the oil industry

Meet the renewable energy source poised for growth with the help of the oil industry 01/01/2023 One of the oldest forms of clean power is ready for a comeback — and it’s not wind or solar. Geothermal energy — the technology that harnesses the heat beneath the Earth’s crust —…

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To replace Russian gas, Europe builds more LNG capacity and boosts U.S. imports

To replace Russian gas, Europe builds more LNG capacity and boosts U.S. imports

To replace Russian gas, Europe builds more LNG capacity and boosts U.S. imports Energize Weekly, January 4, 2023 In the dash to replace Russian natural gas supplies, liquefied natural gas (LNG) import capacity in the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) is set to expand by a third…

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