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Dominion Outlines New National Forest Route for Pipeline

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

RICHMOND, VA (AP) — Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline’s initial path through sensitive national forest areas. The alternate released Friday by Dominion Resources would reduce by one-third the pipeline’s footprint […]

EIA Revision Boosts Oklahoma Oil Production by 100,000 bpd

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

EIA’s Petroleum Supply Monthly, published on Jan. 30, includes crude oil production estimates for Oklahoma based on EIA monthly survey data. The new estimates are roughly 100,000 bpd more than those generated by the previous EIA methodology, which was informed by state-reported data. For Oklahoma, the significant discrepancy between production estimates using earlier methodologies and those […]

New View on Oil and Gas Facilities

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Spatial information – an object’s location, size, shape and relationship to other structures and objects – is an essential component in planning, constructing and operating energy facilities. In order to support efficient production and transport of oil and gas, energy producers must have accurate, timely information about structures, pipelines and other operating assets. Various forms […]

Production Rates in Tight Oil Formations Still Rising

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Tight oil production in the United States increased from 2007 through April 2015, based on estimates in EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), and accounted for more than half of total U.S. oil production in 2015. Tight oil growth has been driven by increasing initial production rates from tight wells in regions analyzed in the DPR. […]

Mobile Inspection Forms Cut Time, Maximize Accuracy of Audits

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Recordkeeping increasingly is the linchpin for the safe, reliable construction and operation of energy pipeline systems. In both the aftermath of natural gas pipeline incidents and in the attempts to develop a more sophisticated safety culture that employs technology advances to expand preventive maintenance, accurate, up-to-date and accessible inspection records are a risk-management necessity. This […]

EIA: Gasoline to Average Less than $2 in 2016

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

For the first time since 2004, U.S. drivers are expected to pay an average of less than $2 a gallon for gasoline, the government said Tuesday. They can thank the huge glut of oil around the globe. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its monthly short-term energy outlook that regular gasoline will average $1.98 […]

Top 10 Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities for Oil and Gas

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

With the exploitation of new cost-effective operational concepts, use of digital technologies and increased dependence on cyber structures, the oil and gas industry is exposed to new sets of vulnerabilities and threats. Cyberattacks have grown in stature and sophistication, making them more difficult to detect and defend against, and costing companies increasing sums of money […]

US Rig Count Down by 48 for Week to 571

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States declined by 48 this week to 571. The Houston firm said Friday 467 rigs sought oil and 104 explored for natural gas amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 1,456 rigs were active. […]