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President Declares “Indefinite” Offshore Drill Ban for Alaska and Atlantic Coastal Waters

President Declares “Indefinite” Offshore Drill Ban for Alaska and Atlantic Coastal Waters

White House Issues Memorandum Withdrawing Bulk of Alaska’s Arctic OCS and Portions of Atlantic OCS from Oil and Gas Drilling Today the White House pulled the plug on offshore drilling leases in the bulk of the Arctic offshore Alaska and portions of the Atlantic outer continental shelf (OCS). “The United States is designating the vast majority of U.S. waters in[Read More…]

December 20, 2016 - 5:55 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Politics, Regulatory
Alaska Celebrates Highly Successful Lease Sale this Week, Most Industry Bids Since 2010

Alaska Celebrates Highly Successful Lease Sale this Week, Most Industry Bids Since 2010

Industry made it abundantly clear they are interested in Alaska’s oil and gas–onshore and offshore: Eni, ConocoPhillips, Armstrong, Anadarko On Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas each held a lease sale in Anchorage, putting state and federal leases up for auction. Officials associated with the lease sale said they were surprised by[Read More…]

December 16, 2016 - 6:55 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Closing Bell Story, E&P
President Withdraws More of Alaska from Future Oil and Gas Production

President Withdraws More of Alaska from Future Oil and Gas Production

White House  removes 43,000 sq. miles and 3 Tcf of natural gas potential from offshore Alaska On Nov. 9, the president signed an executive order creating the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area. “This area, encompassing 112,300 square miles, represents a hugely productive, high-latitude ocean ecosystem and supports one of the largest seasonal marine mammal migrations in the world, including thousands of bowhead[Read More…]

December 12, 2016 - 6:55 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Regulatory
Alaska will have No Arctic Offshore Federal Lease Sales: BOEM

Alaska will have No Arctic Offshore Federal Lease Sales: BOEM

Alaska reels as BOEM Announces Federal OCS Lease Schedule for 2017-2022 The U.S. government released its final list of federal lands offshore that it will open for lease sales for oil and gas development on the outer continental shelf (OCS). Excluded from the lease sales are the highly prospective areas offshore Alaska in the Arctic—the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea.[Read More…]

November 18, 2016 - 6:56 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Offshore
Offshore Alaska: DOI Adds More Drilling Regulations

Offshore Alaska: DOI Adds More Drilling Regulations

President Obama ‘turning his back on the livelihoods of Alaskans who depend on resource development’ Today, the United States Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released 348 pages of new Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf. Today’s rule addresses certain key factors associated with conducting offshore oil and gas activities on the Arctic[Read More…]

July 7, 2016 - 5:16 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Offshore, Regulatory
Offshore Pain Continues:  Shell Cancels $600,000/Day Transocean Rig

Offshore Pain Continues: Shell Cancels $600,000/Day Transocean Rig

Polar Pioneer was the Focus of Protests Just Months Ago Royal Dutch Shell (ticker: RDS.B) delivered some bad news for Transocean (ticker: RIG) as companies returned to their respective offices following an extended Christmas weekend. According to a RIG press release, Shell elected to cancel its contract for the Polar Pioneer rig, which was originally scheduled to expire in July[Read More…]

December 28, 2015 - 3:18 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Offshore
Alaska’s $64.6 Million Purchase of TransCanada’s Interest in Alaska LNG is State’s “Number-One Get Well Card”

Alaska’s $64.6 Million Purchase of TransCanada’s Interest in Alaska LNG is State’s “Number-One Get Well Card”

Alaska hopes to make $400 million more per year after buying TransCanada’s share of the project Last week Alaska Governor Bill Walker said that the decision to purchase TransCanada’s share of the project was the “number-one get-well card” for Alaska’s $3.5 billion budget deficit. “Today is a historic day,” said Walker. “By gaining an equal seat at the negotiating table,[Read More…]

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Statoil Bails on Alaska Offshore Leases, Citing Competitive Reasons

Sen. Murkowski: Obama Administration at Fault for “Project Killer” Regulations Statoil (ticker: STO) is closing the door on its Alaska operations, the company announced in a press release on November 17, 2015. The Norway-based exploration and production company plans to shut its office in Anchorage and will walk away from 16 operated and 50 non-operated leases in the Chukchi Sea.[Read More…]

November 18, 2015 - 7:00 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Offshore, Regulatory
Interior Department Puts Alaska Offshore Lease Programs on Ice

Interior Department Puts Alaska Offshore Lease Programs on Ice

Arctic Offshore Leases Cancelled Through 2017; Shell, Statoil Fail to Extend Leases The Chukchi Sea’s 29 billion barrels (U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s estimate of BOE) will have to wait for better times. The U.S. Department of Interior announced last Friday that it will put a halt to future auctions for the current leasing program, which runs through 2017. In[Read More…]

October 19, 2015 - 6:05 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Offshore, Regulatory
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Armstrong Oil & Gas Defies Industry Bears, Boosts Stake in Alaska with $800 Million Transaction

Repsol Sells Portion of Interest, Dials Back Development Plans Armstrong Oil & Gas, a private exploration and production company headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is backing up its optimism for hydrocarbon production in Alaska. On October 13, 2015, the company increased its stake in the Colville River Delta region on Alaska’s North Slope for total consideration of more than $800 million.[Read More…]

October 14, 2015 - 7:08 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, E&P, Mergers & Acquisitions
Greenpeace International Founder Says Environmental Movement has Left the Rails: an exclusive Oil & Gas 360® interview – Part One

Greenpeace International Founder Says Environmental Movement has Left the Rails: an exclusive Oil & Gas 360® interview – Part One

Former self-described “radical environmental activist” Dr. Patrick Moore tells Oil & Gas 360® why he left Greenpeace:  Teaching kids that humans are bad and that we are the enemies of the earth is an extremely self-defeating and scientifically incorrect concept The climate change movement is fueled by fear and fundraising Oil & Gas 360® interviewed Dr. Patrick Moore about his time[Read More…]

Secure Data Transmissions from the Digital Oilfield

Secure Data Transmissions from the Digital Oilfield

Secure Data Coverage across 55,000 Square Miles of U.S. Oilfields Two U.S. technology companies recently joined forces to launch a large-scale data/IoT communications network that provides secure data transmission in more than 55,000 square miles of U.S. oil and gas fields in several important shale plays. San Diego’s On-Ramp Wireless, a provider of long-range connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), and WellAware,[Read More…]

June 2, 2015 - 7:48 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, E&P, Midstream
Shell Nearing Arctic Development – Under Watchful Eyes

Shell Nearing Arctic Development – Under Watchful Eyes

Huge Expectations, Huge Investment “If you talk about 500 million barrels, I don’t think that will cut it. It must be a multi-multi-billion barrel discovery that we have there.” After investing six years and $6 billion of its development capital, Royal Dutch Shell (ticker: RDS.A) is suddenly within earshot of obtaining final approval to begin offshore exploration for oil and[Read More…]

May 21, 2015 - 4:53 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Discoveries, E&P, Offshore
Murkowski Puts Forward New Offshore Legislation

Murkowski Puts Forward New Offshore Legislation

Pushing for larger share of offshore oil and gas revenues Alaska’s Senator Lisa Murkowski put forward new legislation last week that hopes to bring more revenue from oil and natural gas production on Alaska’s outer continental shelf (OCS) back to the state. The bill, S. 1278, will “ensure revenue sharing for the state and coastal communities and invest in the[Read More…]

May 20, 2015 - 5:40 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, E&P, Offshore, Politics, Regulatory
Source: Rosneft

Shell Prepares to Go Back to the Arctic

Shell exec has eyes set to the North Royal Dutch Shell (ticker: RDSA) is preparing to return to the Arctic and begin exploring for the first time since 2012, according to Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry. Henry said the oil major is preparing “an armada of 25 vessels” to begin a two-year program to explore two to three wells in[Read More…]

May 4, 2015 - 6:29 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, E&P, Offshore
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At $51 Billion, Alaska’s Hydrocarbons Fuel the Country’s Largest Trust Fund: EIA

State’s Permanent Fund Pays Annual Cash Dividend to All Residents The 49th state has its perks. All Alaskans get an annual dividend check from the state. In 2014 their checks were $16 shy of $1,900 per resident. Residents can thank their state for the royalties generated by oil and gas production on state lands that go into The Alaska Permanent Fund, established in[Read More…]

May 1, 2015 - 11:50 am 360 Articles, Arctic, E&P
Source: Rosneft

Report Urges Development of Arctic Assets

A report filed by the National Petroleum Council encourages the U.S. to develop Arctic energy reserves The National Petroleum Council (NPC) recently concluded a study at the behest of the United States’ Department of Energy about potentially tapping oil and gas reserves in the Arctic. The NPC’s report encourages developing Arctic assets in the very near future in order to[Read More…]

March 30, 2015 - 6:37 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Offshore
Source: Rosneft

Sanctions Prevent Russia From Resuming Drilling in the Arctic in 2015

Sources inside the company have confirmed that Rosneft will not be able to move forward in the Arctic for at least a year due to sanctions. State-owned energy giant Rosneft (ticker: RNFTF) will not be able to continue drilling in the Kara Sea in 2015 after Western sanctions halted its cooperation with ExxonMobil (ticker: XOM) in the arctic, two company[Read More…]

January 30, 2015 - 4:57 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, E&P, International, Offshore
Oil & Gas Development on the East Coast Takes Next Step

Oil & Gas Development on the East Coast Takes Next Step

The United States Department of the Interior, in conjunction with President Obama, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper, released a Draft Proposed Program for development of offshore properties in an official release on January 27, 2015. The Program opens up 14 potential lease sales in eight planning areas, including: 10[Read More…]

January 27, 2015 - 6:51 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, E&P, Offshore, Regulatory
Alaska, Russia Race toward LNG Exports

Alaska, Russia Race toward LNG Exports

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and affiliates of ExxonMobil (ticker: XOM), TransCanada (ticker: TRP), BP (ticker: BP) and ConocoPhillips (ticker: COP) filed a FERC pre-filing request, effectively launching the early design phases of their Alaska LNG Project, an estimated $65 billion, 20 MM metric ton LNG facility, to be built in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula. Concurrently, Russia’s[Read More…]

September 10, 2014 - 4:16 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Midstream, Oilfield Services
Next Tuesday: Alaska’s Voters Decide How Much Tax O&G Companies Must Pay the State

Next Tuesday: Alaska’s Voters Decide How Much Tax O&G Companies Must Pay the State

If 35% Flat Tax Is Repealed, Higher Production Taxes Could Again Slow Oil and Gas Development On August 19, Alaskan citizens will vote on a ballot that determines the taxing fate of the oil and gas production companies working in the state. The vote will happen at the same time as the primary elections. Last year, the Alaskan Senate passed[Read More…]

August 14, 2014 - 6:08 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Midstream, Oilfield Services
Russia’s Sanctions: Who will Blink First?

Russia’s Sanctions: Who will Blink First?

Gennady Timchenko, Russian billionaire and holder of 23% of the stake in Rosneft and Novatek, and Igor Sechin, chief executive of the Kremlin-controlled oil group Rosneft, seem confident that their companies will survive and prosper despite financing sanctions imposed by the United States in July. According to the Financial Times, “Novatek, Russia’s largest independent gas producer, is sitting pretty. It[Read More…]

August 12, 2014 - 5:35 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Finance, Midstream, Oilfield Services, Politics

Miller Energy’s New Wells and North Fork Acquisition Ramps Up Alaska Production

Miller Energy Resources, Inc. (ticker: MILL) is an oil and natural gas exploration, production and drilling company operating in multiple exploration and production basins in North America. Miller’s focus is in Cook Inlet, Alaska and in the heart of Tennessee’s Appalachian Basin. Miller Energy reported company revenue and production records in its Q2’14 earnings release on December 10, 2013. Year-over-year[Read More…]

December 13, 2013 - 2:37 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Mergers & Acquisitions, Midstream
Miller Energy Acquires Alaskan Unit; In Discussions to Construct Pipeline

Miller Energy Acquires Alaskan Unit; In Discussions to Construct Pipeline

Miller Energy Resources, Inc. (ticker: MILL) is an oil and natural gas exploration, production and drilling company operating in multiple exploration and production basins in North America. Miller’s focus is in Cook Inlet, Alaska and in the heart of Tennessee’s Appalachian Basin. Miller Adds 7 MMcf/d from Acquisition Cook Inlet Energy LLC (CIE), a subsidiary of Miller Energy Resources, announced[Read More…]

November 25, 2013 - 4:12 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Fracing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Midstream

Pioneer Natural Resources Sells Alaska Subsidiary for $550 Million, Shifts Focus to Core Wolfcamp Assets

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (ticker: PXD) is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with operations in the United States. Pioneer is one of the most active drillers in Texas’ Spraberry/Wolfcamp oil field in the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas. Its natural gas operations focus on the[Read More…]

October 25, 2013 - 4:44 pm 360 Articles, Arctic, Mergers & Acquisitions, OPEC

Miller Energy Increases Loan Facility with Apollo Investment; Announces Alaskan Drilling Operations are “On Schedule”

Miller Energy Resources, Inc. (ticker MILL) is an oil and natural gas exploration, production and drilling company operating in the Cook Inlet, Alaska and in the heart of Tennessee’s Appalachian Basin including the Mississippian Lime and Chattanooga Shale. Miller is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee with offices in Anchorage, Alaska and Huntsville, Tennessee. Amending Loan Agreement Miller Energy amended its loan[Read More…]

August 6, 2013 - 3:01 pm 360 Articles, Arctic