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Zinke signs secretarial order to streamline federal onshore oil and gas leasing permits

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US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order to tackle permitting backlogs and delays, identify solutions to improve the permitting process on federal lands, and to identify solutions to improve access to additional parcels of federal land that are appropriate for mineral development. As of 31 January 2017, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had 2,802 Applications for Permit to Drill (APD) pending...

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Zinke signs secretarial order to jump-start Alaskan energy

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Flanked by members of Alaska’s energy sector and elected officials at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association annual conference, US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order to jump-start Alaskan energy production in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A) and update resource assessments for areas of the North Slope, including the "1002 area" of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)...

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More onshore participation needed in IADC cybersecurity efforts

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Cyber attacks on industrial control systems are on the rise, and it’s estimated that 41% of cyber attacks target the oil and gas industry. Since the publication last year of the IADC Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Cybersecurity Risks to Drilling Assets, the IADC Cybersecurity Subcommittee has been working on new guidelines around minimum cybersecurity guidelines for drilling rigs...

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Precision Drilling deploys process automation for faster, more consistent connection times

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Process automation is an added layer on top of the control system that adds automation to the rig equipment while maintaining the driller as the process manager. Although process automation has the potential to deliver significant performance gains on drilling rigs, the industry has only just begun to scratch the surface of using such technology, Duane Cuku...

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IHS Markit: Pricing power for service sector could push up total well costs, curtailing US onshore recovery in 2018

Stephen Beck, Senior Director and Head of North American Oil & Gas Supply Forecasting for IHS Markit, speaks on a panel session at the 2017 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 18 May in Houston. Mr Beck explained that rising service costs will likely slow US onshore production in 2018, despite considerable activity ramp-up this year.

By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor The US land rig count has doubled from its nadir last year, but land drillers must be cautious about basking in “an irrational exuberance,” Stephen Beck, Senior Director and Head of North American Oil & Gas Supply Forecasting for IHS Markit, said. Speaking at the 2017 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 18 May in Houston, Mr Beck noted that the industry’s excitement over increasing activity levels is overshadowing the attention that should be paid to supply impacts. “Rig count recovery has already outpaced the price of oil,” he cautioned, noting that oil prices have not grown much this year to support such an increase in the rig count. Going into the second half of 2017, ...

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