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Oil and gas associations responded favorably to US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler’s May 13 memorandum stating that the agency should ensure its regulatory decisions are “rooted in sound, transparent, and consistent approaches to evaluating benefits and costs.”

Canada has added 15 rigs for the week ended May 24, according to Baker Hughes data. With 78 rigs running, the count is slightly less than the 81 units drilling this week a year ago. The number of oil-directed rigs in Canada increased by 16, bringing the count to 38 rigs for the week. Gas-directed rigs were down a single unit to 40.

The light, sweet crude oil contract for July gained modestly to settle under $59/bbl on May 24, stabilizing after the biggest single-day drop of this year and ending a volatile week on the New York market. Brent crude also gained less than $1 to settle at under $69/bbl on May 24.

The US will need to equally address global climate change and other substantive trials if it expects to benefit from promising energy opportunities worldwide, speakers at the US Energy Association’s annual meeting and public policy forum generally agreed on May 23.

A consortium of 11 European stakeholders including ArcelorMittal, Axens, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), and Total SA, has launched a project to demonstrate an innovative process for capturing carbon dioxide from industrial activities. The so-named DMX project is part of a more comprehensive study dedicated to the development of the future European Dunkirk North Sea carbon capture and storage (CCS) cluster.


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