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Industry association releases hydraulic fracturing guidance document

November 2, 2009 (API). API HF1, Hydraulic Fracturing Operations - Well Construction and Integrity Guidelines. This guidance document, developed by the American Petroleum Institute, outlines current best-industry practices for the proper drilling and cementing of wells that are being hydraulically fractured.

Pipelines a must for Marcellus in New York

November 7, 2009 According to information from the New York state Department of Public Service, pipeline permitting applications could qualdrulple

SECARB project hits 1 million tons of CO2 injected milestone

November 5, 2009. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE) recently recognized the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) as the fifth large-scale carbon dioxide storage project to reach one million tons injected worldwide.

IOGCC Official Rep Victor Carrillo to give keynote address at CO2 conference

November 3, 2009 (IOGCC). Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Victor Carrillo is scheduled to give the opening keynote address at the 7th Annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop, scheduled for December 7 - 8, 2009 in Houston, Texas.

Wall Street Journal article emphasizes the importance of shale gas

November 2, 2009 (Wall Street Journal). America's Natural Gas Revolution: A "shale gale" of unconventional and abundant U.S. gas is transforming the energy market. This opinion piece by "The Prize" author Daniel Yergin and Robert Ineson, senior director of global gas for IHS CERA

Canada, Alberta funds $822 million oil sands carbon capture project

October 9, 2009 (New York Times). Canadian and Alberta governments announced that they would fund two-thirds of the cost of Shell's Quest project which is aimed at capturing and storing 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the Athabasca Oil Sands Project.

Louisiana shale could change fate of U.S. energy supply

November 1, 2009 (Houston Chronicle). Companies have scrambled over the past two years to lease as much acreage as possible.In 2008, oil and gas exploration companies in the Haynesville shale paid out about $3.1 billion in lease payments to property owners and $93 million in royalties, according to a survey done for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

Wyoming reviews bonds for wells

July 29, 2009 (Casper Star-Tribune). Since 1997, according to the agency, the commission's field staff has plugged 273 orphaned wells across the state, for a total cost of $5.38 million. Bonds from operators responsible for those wells covered slightly more than $1 million of that cost.

Texas Plugging Program Reaches 30,000 Milestone

June 30, 2009 (Railroad Commission of Texas). Railroad Commissioners announced this month that plugging activities for the state’s abandoned oil and gas wells reached a milestone with the plugging of the 30,000th abandoned well.

Analyst predicts shale plays to account for 35% of US gas output by 2013

October 30, 2009. (The Oil Daily). Natural gas produced from shale plays could account for as much as 35% of US gas production by 2013, analyst Dave Pursell of Tudor Pickering told the Platts Appalachian Gas Conference Thursday.