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    Biden administration pauses federal drilling program in climate push

    U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has temporarily suspended oil and gas permitting on federal lands and waters in the latest of a series of rapid-fire orders aimed at fighting climate change and tamping down the U.S. fossil fuel industry.

    U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021The order appeared to be a first step in delivering on newly sworn-in Biden’s campaign pledge to permanently ban new drilling on federal acreage. Federal leases account for close to 25% of the nation’s crude oil output, making them a big contributor to energy supply but also to America’s greenhouse gas emissions.

    Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump had sought to maximize production of oil, gas and coal on federal acreage, and routinely downplayed threats from global warming.

    The suspension was welcomed by environmentalists but derided by the oil and gas industry, which is struggling to secure a future under a new administration that has vowed to make countering global warming a top priority.


    Blaze erupts at Russian oilfield after well blowout

    Accident dashes hopes of regional oilfield service provider to become oil producer in challenging operating environment

    Accident dashes hopes of regional oilfield service provider to become oil producer in challenging operating environmentRussian authorities are battling a blaze following a blowout at an exploration well in the Orenburg region, where a regional oilfield services provider has just started making forays into becoming an oil producer.

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    The blowout occurred on the Tallinsky block in the Grachyovsky district in early hours of Wednesday, according to a regional department of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry in Orenburg.

    Additional firefighting crew and protective equipment are being mobilised to the site in an attempt to extinguish the blaze, which has reached an estimated 25 metres in height, according to the department.

    The fire involves a mixture of oil and gas.


    Locals injured in protest after fire-hit India well finally abandoned

    Oil India Limited needs to perform biodiversity impact assessment ahead of extended-reach drilling in environmentally sensitive area

    Oil India Limited needs to perform biodiversity impact assessment ahead of extended-reach drilling in environmentally sensitive areaSeveral people, including a magistrate, have reportedly been injured in the latest protest against Oil India Limited (OIL)’s Assam oilfield blowout days after the state-owned operator finally capped and abandoned the ill-fated well.

    OIL on 3 December abandoned the Baghjan-5 well in Tinsukia district but locals are still protesting, demanding compensation for damage caused by the blowout and subsequent explosion and fire.

    Several people were injured during a protest on Saturday after police used tear gas and wielded batons to disperse demonstrators, the Press Trust of India reported.

    Eighteen protestors were arrested in connection with the incident.


    Santa Paula Man Dies After Fall From Oil Platform Off Ventura Coast

    A Santa Paula man has died following an industrial accident on an oil platform off the Ventura County coastline on Wednesday afternoon.

    Vessels from the U.S. Coast Guard, TowBoatUS Ventura and the Ventura Harbor Patrol responded to an industrial accident at Platform Gilda Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 off the Ventura County Coast.Miguel Aguilera, 44, was one of three workers who fell from Platform Gilda, an oil platform several miles off the coast, on Wednesday, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office.

    His cause of death is still being investigated.

    Vessels from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands in Oxnard, the Ventura Harbor Patrol and a local tow boat TowBoatUS responded to a call of a man overboard from Platform Gilda at approximately 12:07 p.m. on Wednesday.

    “There was an industrial accident on the platform,” Ventura Harbormaster John Higgins said. “We provided medical aid and transport for two patients.”

    Three workers had fallen from the platform from a height of between 30 to 50 feet. At least one had jumped to render aid to those who had fallen, according to Lt. Ben McIntrye, a Coast Guard public affairs officer  


    Saskatchewan driller hits 'gusher' with ground-breaking geothermal well that offers hope for oil workers

    A first for Canada and the world, the well can produce enough electricity to power 3,000 homes

    DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp.' site is the deepest horizontal well in Saskatchewan’s history and the first 90° horizontal fluid production for geothermal power generation in the world. PHOTO BY DEEP EARTH ENERGY PRODUCTION CORP.A small, Saskatoon-based company has drilled and fracked the world’s first 90-degree horizontal well for geothermal power in a potentially landmark move that signals the arrival of a new energy source in Canada and provides fresh opportunities for oil and gas workers to apply their skills in renewable power.

    No company in Canada has produced electricity from geothermal heat, but Deep Earth Energy Production Corp. chief executive officer Kirsten Marcia told the Financial Post that there’s a “big, big future for geothermal power in Western Canada,” as demonstrated by the results of the first ever horizontal geothermal well, which is also the deepest horizontal well ever drilled in Saskatchewan.

    “We were looking for a way to explain to people that we drilled a gusher,” said Marcia, a geologist who worked in the mining and petroleum industries before pioneering a geothermal business in Saskatchewan. In the oil and gas world, a “gusher” is an extremely productive well that pumps substantial volumes of oil and gas.


    ConocoPhillips says it will resume drilling in December on Alaska’s North Slope

    ConocoPhillips Alaska on Wednesday said it will resume Alaska drilling projects using four rigs starting in mid-December, bringing back several hundred jobs amid reductions that began as the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a drop in oil prices this spring.

    A drill rig at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Loren Holmes / ADN)The company said the North Slope projects include:

    • A new extended-reach drilling rig working in the Alpine oil field. It’s nicknamed “The Beast.”

    • Two rigs working in the Kuparuk River Unit.

    • A rig working in the Greater Mooses Tooth 2 Unit.

    ConocoPhillips announced in early April that it would demobilize its North Slope drilling-rig fleet to help protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It temporarily cut North Slope production in June, citing low oil prices. It reported losing $1.5 billion worldwide through June this year, including $60 million in Alaska.

    The Alaska oil and gas industry this year has shed about 3,100 jobs, close to one-third of the workforce in January.


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