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  1. Oil and Gas News: Nigeria: Security forces kill oil militants, separatists

    Map locates areas where Nigerian oil pipelines were attacked WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security forces clashed with oil militants and Biafran secessionists in separate bloody confrontations Monday that killed at least 20 civilians and two police officers, officials and witnesses. The violence erupted in Nigeria's restive south as the military mounted an offensive in the oil rich south-central Niger Delta and separatists protested in the southeast. Over the weekend, soldiers fired on speedboats believed to be carrying Niger Delta militants preparing to strike oil installations and killed or wounded an unknown number, army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said. The Ijaw Youth Council, a community group, accused soldiers of firing Saturday night on a speedboat trying to evacuate civilians wounded in a military siege of Oporoza, a town reachable only by water or air. Community leaders say civilians have been wounded and beaten up by soldiers demanding that residents hand over members of the Niger Delta Avengers, a new group that has claimed attacks on strategic pipelines that have halved oil production in a country that used to be Africa's biggest petroleum producer. The offensive comes as the Avengers have mounted an increasingly fierce campaign targeting oil installations. In recent days, facilities belonging to the Dutch-British Shell company, Italy's Agip , and the U.S. oil giant Chevron have been targeted. The Avengers have given the oil companies a May 31 deadline to leave Nigeria's southern, oil-producing Niger Delta. "Watch out something big is about to happen and it will shock the whole world," the Avengers warned Saturday, addressing international and indigenous oil companies and Nigeria's military. Army chief Maj. Gen. Tukur Buratai said the army will not tolerate the militants "killing our soldiers," but did not provide any details about military casualties. Local residents have reported the deaths of at least 10 army and navy personnel and about 30 police officers in the Niger Delta this year. Community chieftain Elekute Macaulay said reinforcements arrived early Monday at Oporoza to widen the military siege. He said half of the 40,000 inhabitants have fled to the bush and creeks, and others are afraid to leave their homes. In separate developments, security forces battled secessionists rallying to commemorate heroes of the 1967-1970 civil war to create a separate state of Biafra in southeast Nigeria. About 1 million people died in that war. On Monday, five civilians and two police officers were killed during protests by secessionists in the southeastern city of Asaba, according to police Superintendent Charles Muka. The secessionists said another 15 civilians were killed further south in Onitsha, but police said nobody was killed because security forces never used live ammunition to disperse the crowd. About 600 people have been arrested, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra said. Police said the protests were illegal because organizers did not have permits. The Niger Delta Avengers have said they may ally themselves with the Biafran secessionists and make similar demands for a breakaway state from Nigeria. Soldiers in the Niger Delta are demanding that villagers turn over fighters of the Avengers, and its alleged leader Government "Tompolo" Ekpemupolo, Macaulay said. Tompolo has denied involvement with the Avengers but the attacks began shortly after an arrest warrant was issued for him that claimed the theft of money from government contracts to guard oil installations. Oil militants are angry that the government is winding down a 2009 amnesty program that paid 30,000 militants to guard the installations they once attacked. They are demanding a bigger share of Nigeria's oil wealth for residents of the Niger Delta, where oil pollution has destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers and fishermen.

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  2. Oil and Gas News: Uncharted waters: Restoring deep Gulf fouled by BP spill

    Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico's gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what's being called ...

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  3. MARKET WATCH: NYMEX crude retreats from $50/bbl oil

    Crude oil prices settled below $50/bbl on May 27 after having briefly crossed that threshold on May 26 before ending the day down slightly. For the week, crude prices on the New York market gained.

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  4. Oil and Gas News: Engineer charged with releasing oil in Lake Huron in '14

    An engineer aboard a commercial ship has been charged with intentionally discharging oil into Lake Huron in 2014.

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  1. Residents to start return to fire damaged Canadian oil city

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  2. Oil and Gas News: Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts

    The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find themselves deep in debt.

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  3. Oil & Gas News: Gas pioneer Heimdal turns 30

    For 30 years the Heimdal field has been an important gas supplier to Europe and, together with Statfjord and Gullfaks, contributed to the establishment of Statpipe.

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  4. Statoil finds more oil in North Sea Oseberg area

    The semisubmersible Songa Delta has finished drilling two exploratory wells for Statoil in the Norwegian North Sea.

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  5. Oil & Gas News: Halliburton teams up with Eclipse Resources to complete longest lateral well in the U.S.

    Halliburton announced that it worked with Eclipse to complete hydraulic fracturing of the extended reach lateral test well known as "Purple Hayes." The total depth was 27,046 ft., which is believed to be the longest horizontal onshore lateral ever drilled in the U.S.

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  6. COGCC outlines impacts if voters approve proposed mandatory setback

    Ninety percent of Colorado’s surface acreage would be off-limits to future oil and gas development or hydraulic fracturing under a November ballot initiative that would establish a minimum 2,500 ft mandatory setback from any “occupied structure” or “area of special concern,” the Colorado Oil & Gas ...

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  7. IOG looking to re-activate North Sea Skipper drilling

    Independent Oil & Gas has issued an update on its exploration and development plans for its fields in the UK North Sea.

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  8. 1Derrick US M&A Weekly Update

    1Derrick gives OGFJ readers a snapshot of oil and gas industry M&A activity for the week of May 23 - May 27.

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

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