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Canada lost 13 rigs for the week ended Dec. 7, according to Baker Hughes data. With 186 rigs running, the count is less than the 219 units drilling this week a year ago. The number of oil-directed rigs in Canada fell by 17, bringing the count to 102 rigs for the week. Gas-directed rigs were up 4 to 84 units.

The US Bureau of Land Management proposed final environmental impact statements and amendments to greater sage grouse habitat management programs in seven western US states. “With today’s action, we have leaned forward to address the various states’ issues, while appropriately ensuring that we will continue to be focused on meaningfully addressing the threats to the greater sage grouse and making efforts to improve its habitat,” Deputy Interior Sec. David Bernardt said in Salt Lake City on Dec. 6.

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Saying it is responding “to the historically high oil price differential that is costing the [Canadian] economy more than $80 million/day,” the Alberta government on Dec. 2 announced a curtailment in oil production beginning Jan. 1.

Crude oil benchmarks on the New York and London markets climbed by more than $1/bbl on Dec.7 after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and a group of 10 non-OPEC countries, led by Russia, agreed to cut production by a total 1.2 million b/d effective Jan. 1, 2019.

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