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A Walking Drilling Rig

domestic energy  energy production  north dakota  oil drilling  oil production  oil rig  onshore  technology  technology innovation  continental resource inc  drill site  drilling rigs  oil wells  walking drilling rig  walking rig 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 12, 2010

Did you know that drilling rigs can walk? At least this one can. It's the ECO-Pad being used by Continental Resources Inc. to drill for oil in North Dakota.

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Moratorium Is Lifted, Impacts Remain

access  deepwater drilling  deepwater drilling moratorium  department of the interior  domestic energy  drilling permits  drilling rigs  energy policy  gulf of mexico  moratorium  offshore drilling  oil spill  drilling regulations  gulf of mexico oil spill  shallow-water drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 13, 2010

After a months-long investigation, the Department of the Interior made the right decision and ended the deepwater drilling moratorium. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said it was "appropriate" to end the ban because safety measures have been strengthened and spill response capabilities have been improved. 

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Deepwater Rigs Pass Inspections

deepwater horizon  drilling rigs  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 18, 2010

A few days after the Deepwater Horizon explosions and fire, Interior Sec. Ken Salazar ordered Minerals Management Service (MMS) personnel to inspect 30 deepwater drilling rigs and their blowout preventers (BOPs). 

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Voices in Support of Offshore Drilling

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  drilling  drilling rigs  energy demand  gulf oil spill  offshore drilling  offshore energy  offshore safety  spill response  drilling accident  drilling safety 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 13, 2010

A number of prominent voices in the energy debate are discussing the need for continued safe, environmentally responsible offshore oil and natural gas development. EIA estimates demonstrate that the United States will consume 14 percent more energy in 25 years, including alternatives, renewables and oil and natural gas. 

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Industry Barometer

baker hughes  drilling rigs  energy tomorrow  energytomorrow  onshore  rig count 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 22, 2009

One of the most reliable barometers of drilling activity is the Baker Hughes rig count. Since 1944, Baker Hughes, an oil services company that produces drill bits, has been issuing weekly counts of U.S. and Canadian rotary drilling rigs that are actively drilling for oil and natural gas. The weekly figures are released at noon on the last day of the work week and are regular features in many energy industry magazines and newsletters. 

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