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Drilling Robots Battle Low Oil Prices

Drilling Robots Battle Low Oil Prices

Low oil prices are driving operators toward innovations from robotic drilling to advanced seismic imaging, as they restructure and streamline operations to cut down non-productive time (NPT) and shave costs, according to Lux Research. “Contingency costs arising from NPT typically account for about 10 percent to 15 percent of total … Read more »

LNG America Provides Scandrill LNG for Drilling Operations

LNG America and Scandrill have signed an agreement to provide Scandrill liquefied natural gas for drilling operations in the Gulf Coast region. Among Scandrill’s rig fleet are eight bi-fueled units, with the two newest incorporating advanced technologies for optimizing LNG/diesel substitution rates upwards of 60 percent, the company says. The … Read more »

Nat Gas Drilling Emissions Increase, Reporting Requirements Expand

Natural gas drilling industry emissions have increased along with operations activity, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection. The state requires drilling companies to report data to the DEP under Pennsylvania’s Air Pollution Control Act. The inventory represents 2013 emissions from Marcellus Shale natural gas production and … Read more »

Tracers Developed for Tracking Frack Fluids

A team of US and French scientists have developed geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment, giving oil and gas drillers a new tool for monitoring water quality near their operations. The tracers have been field-tested at a spill … Read more »

Drillers Face Radioactive Waste Disposal Challenges

Oil and gas drillers in Pennsylvania are finding it increasingly difficult to find disposal sites for their radioactive waste, according to Power Source. In the first half of this year, 421 trucks carrying oil and gas waste tripped radiation alarms at Pennsylvania landfills, and last year 1,015 loads set off … Read more »

Service Helps Drilling Engineers Increase Efficiencies

Service Helps Drilling Engineers Increase Efficiencies

IHS has launched an operator-only membership service designed to provide oil and gas operators — and their drilling engineering teams — with current and historical drilling data as well as the performance benchmarking analysis derived from that data. Benchmarking analysis is essential to an operator’s ability to assess their performance … Read more »

GAO Criticizes EPA’s Injection Well Oversight

The EPA is inconsistent in its handling of safety inspections, maintains poor records and is not adjusting its guidelines to address emerging underground risks associated with injection wells, according to a report by the US Government Accountability Office. Currently 39 states have the EPA’s approval to manage their own Underground … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Gas Tank Standards, Train Rules, Chevron Fines

The EPA issued updates on Monday to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks. The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first. Storage tanks emitting 6 or more tons of VOCs a year must reduce emissions by 95 percent, with deadlines of April … Read more »

EQT Converts Shale Gas Drilling Rigs to LNG

EQT Corporation has launched a pilot program to begin converting shale gas drilling rigs from diesel to liquefied natural gas. LNG is about 40 percent less expensive than diesel, and emits between 20 percent and 30 percent less carbon dioxide with only a fraction of the emissions of nitrogen oxides, … Read more »

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