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Nigeria: Police dispute new attack claim by oil militants

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Local police are disputing claims that Nigerian oil militants struck another pipeline in the Niger Delta, saying an explosion was instead caused by a gas leakage. Cordelia Nwawe, police spokesperson for Akwa Ibom state, said Friday that engineers were “working to rectify the leakage” from the pipeline owned by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. The Niger ...

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Oregon officials want a hold on oil trains after derailment

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fiery derailment of an oil train in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge has state transportation officials asking for a halt to the massive trains because of concerns their heavier weight could be putting extra strain on a certain type of bolt that fastens the rails to the tracks. The Oregon Department of Transportation discussed its concerns ...

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Wildfire near California oil refinery burning out of control

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A California wildfire spurred by strong gusts mushroomed in size and burned out of control Thursday in a remote coastal area west of Santa Barbara, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of campers, some homes and an oil refinery as it crept toward the ocean. Winds and rising temperatures across the dry Western U.S. also worsened wildfires ...

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Helis Oil & Gas to begin St. Tammany fracking project

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Helis Oil & Gas is set to begin drilling on an exploratory well for a proposed fracking project near Mandeville. Media outlets report project manager Mike Barham says the company plans to begin moving a 100-foot-tall drilling rig onto the site on June 29. Barham says once the rig is in place, the drilling is expected ...

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North Dakota oil output drops 70,000 barrels daily in April

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil production decreased by about 70,000 barrels a day in April. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.04 million barrels of oil daily in April. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily. North Dakota also produced 1.61 billion cubic feet of ...

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9,000 gallons of produced water spill in Renville County

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MOHALL, N.D. (AP) — The state Health Department says nearly 9,000 gallons of what is known as produced water spilled and was contained in Renville County. Produced water is a mixture of saltwater and oil that can contain drilling chemicals. The spill happened Tuesday at a site operated by Zargon Oil Inc. about 7 miles south of Mohall. Zargon estimates ...

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Companies can’t afford to sit and wait for repairs, especially in today’s fluctuating O&G market

pdma testing, ward leonard

Oil’s up.  Oil’s down.  Oil’s up again. With today’s energy market fluctuations, it’s increasingly critical for companies within the industry to get a firm grasp and control of both their CAPEX and OPEX costs.  Much of that starts with hard-working field equipment. And just like a car that can’t go 100,000 miles without service, field equipment like motors and generators ...

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Scientists: Drop Arctic from plans for offshore drilling

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nearly 400 scientists have signed a letter urging President Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling in the near future by taking the Arctic Ocean out of the next federal offshore lease sale plan. The scientists include Jane Lubchenco, Obama’s former administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, now a researcher and teacher ...

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Leaders ask Oregon, Washington governors to ban oil-by-train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland and Multnomah County leaders on Tuesday urged the governors of Oregon and Washington to push Congress for a permanent ban on oil-by-rail in the wake of a fiery train derailment along the Columbia River. The June 3 derailment in the town of Mosier showed transporting oil by train is dangerous and unnecessary and should be ...

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Oil price unlikely to rise much further, global agency says

LONDON (AP) — The price of oil is unlikely to rise much further after rallying almost 90 percent since January, as the global market shows signs of stabilizing, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. The Paris-based agency, which advises the world’s top oil consuming nations, nudged up its estimate for global oil demand this year in its monthly report. It ...

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