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Misconceptions feed reluctance to allow export of US crude

May 30th, 2014

Three misconceptions make US officials reluctant to allow the export of crude oil.

BOEM awards leases in US-Mexico transboundary area to ExxonMobil

May 30th, 2014

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has awarded the first three oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico area subject to the US-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement to Exxon Mobil Corp., which bid for the blocks during Western Planning Area Sale 233 in August 2013.

New method of wormlike motion lets gels wiggle through water

May 30th, 2014
A special hydrogel substance has been developed that can be equipped to detect bacteria, carry cargo and deliver medicine. A researcher used a worm's contracting and expanding motion to provide a way for gels to swim in water. He explains, "Using a hand-held laser, we were able to selectively and quickly shrink the hydrogel (a hydrophilic polymer gel comprised mostly of water) in desired areas. By inducing a shrinking/swelling cycle down the length of a hydrogel, we were able to successfully mimic peristaltic, or earthworm-inspired, locomotion in water."

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count rises to 1,866

May 30th, 2014

The US drilling rig count gained 9 units to reach 1,866 rigs working during the week ended May 30, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

MARKET WATCH: Crude oil futures price up, gas price falls

May 30th, 2014

The New York Mercantile Exchange July crude oil contract price gained 86¢, closing at $103.58/bbl on May 29. The August contract rose 79¢ to $102.78/bbl.

In Situ Formation of Pyromorphite Is Not Required for the Reduction of in Vivo Pb Relative Bioavailability in Contaminated Soils

May 30th, 2014

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es500994u

OMV to invest €500 million in Nawara gas field

May 30th, 2014

OMV AG reported it will invest €500 million in Tunisia’s Nawara gas field development joint project with Tunisia’s state-owned ETAP.

Energy XXI, EPL shareholders okay merger

May 30th, 2014

Shareholders of Energy XXI (Bermuda) Ltd. and EPL Oil & Gas Inc. have approved the merger to which the companies agreed in March.

Regional seismic survey planned in Libya

May 30th, 2014

National Oil Corp. of Libya has signed an agreement with ION Geophysical Corp., Houston, in conjunction with North Africa Geophysical Exploration Co. for a regional seismic survey in Libya.

Total suspends work on Joslyn SAGD oil sands project

May 30th, 2014

Total SA has reported it will suspend engineering and design work on the $11 billion (Can.) Joslyn Creek steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) oil sands project, 60 km north of Fort McMurray in Alberta. The company said it will lay off 150 of the project’s staff.

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