Solve Sand Challenge, Win $25K

Velda Addison, Hart Energy

GE Oil & Gas and Statoil have teamed up to lead the search for technologies to lower the amount of sand required to drill and maintain wells. Hopes are to reduce truck traffic in communities while also cutting costs.

GoM Oil, Gas Search Is Not Just A Gold Rush, But A Data Rush—Part One

By Phoebe McMellon, Geofacets

Lack of information is the universal challenge to all exploration activities for Mexico's Gulf of Mexico waters.

Greenpeace Activists Take Aim At A Familiar Target

Velda Addison, Hart Energy

Shell’s plans to drill this summer in Arctic waters have attracted six activists to the Polar Pioneer, the Transocean-owned semisubmersible rig destined for the Chukchi Sea. The rig is being transported to the Arctic on the heavy-lift Blue Marlin vessel for use by Shell.

U.S. Oil Export Ban Undermines Quest For Energy Security

Bloomberg View

The way to lessen U.S. vulnerability, however, is not to withdraw from the world oil market altogether (if that were even possible). It’s to sell more of the U.S.’s expanding crude stores abroad. As a bigger player, the U.S. would have a greater influence on price. 

OPEC Market Share Comes Dearly

Velda Addison, Hart Energy

Poll Results About Fracking Are Reason For Concern

By Mark Brownstein, Environmental Defense Fund

Earning and keeping the public's trust calls for embracing oversight and accountability as necessary, according to EDF.

STEM Initiative Gains Support From Subsea Sector

Velda Addison, Hart Energy

Subsea UK has entered a long-term partnership with Aberdeen, Scotland’s Robert Gordon University to extend the Scottish Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) ROV Challenge. In addition, ROVOP, a U.K. company that supplies subsea ROV services to the industry, is throwing in its support for the cause. 

Crude Oil Export Ban Is A Dated Policy With Real Life Implications

By David Porter, Railroad Commission of Texas

If Congress and the Obama Administration were to repeal the decades old prohibition on crude oil exports, studies show that domestic energy production would increase along with GDP, job growth and capital investment, all while reducing our national trade deficit.

Economics Appear To Support Lifting Oil Export Ban

Velda Addison, Hart Energy

Two studies published by IHS shed light on the potential economic impacts of lifting the ban that has been around since the 1970s. The latest study, entitled Unleashing the Supply Chain: Assessing the Economic Impact of a U.S. Crude Oil Free Trade Policy, was released this week.

Federal Rule Brings Invisible Pollution Into Focus

By Peter Zalzal, Environmental Defense Fund

The emissions data required by the rule helps communities near oil and natural gas development better understand pollution sources, and gives companies better ways to identify opportunities to reduce emissions. As these policies have gotten stronger under the Obama administration, industry has continued to fight them in federal court.

U.S., China Seek Partner To Address Energy-Water Nexus Challenges

Velda Addison, Hart Energy

The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) has issued a $12.5 million FOA for a new U.S.-based research consortium focused on water-related aspects of energy production and use. Working with researchers in China, the consortium would aim to find ways to help ensure energy, water and environmental security in addition to combating climate change, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Brazil's Petrobras Plans $13.7 Billion Yard Sale

By Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View

Staggered by $135 billion in debt and scandal, Brazilian state-run oil giant Petrobras has announced plans to offload some $13.7 billion in assets. Officials claim this is not a plan to raffle the jewel of the government crown. Instead think fire sale, a maneuver to raise cash and keep creditors at bay.