Bulletin Article

 
Apatite fission track (AFT) and vitrinite reflectance data from five exploration wells and three seafloor cores illuminate the thermal history of the underexplored United States Chukchi shelf. On the northeastern shelf, Triassic strata in the Chevron 1 Diamond well record apatite annealing followed by cooling, possibly during the Triassic to Middle Jurassic, which is a thermal history likely related to Canada Basin rifting.
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Energy Policy Blog

 
As part of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) efforts to craft comprehensive energy legislation, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recently held a hearing to discuss 26 bills that would expand energy supplies. 
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Explorer Article

 

The current downturn in the oil and gas industry slammed into parts of the United States like a locomotive. For many oil and gas-producing states, the impact was immediate and substantial. But for U.S. cities hit by the industry’s troubles, it’s been more of a slow-motion train wreck.

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With Shell abandoning its exploration plans in the Chukchi Sea in September and Statoil following suit in November, many might believe that the North Slope Basin off the northern coast of Alaska has been condemned. Yet those who have put decades into studying the geology of Alaska’s North Slope and Outer Continental Shelf believe the opposite.

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The oil and gas industry, like any competitive industry, keeps technological advancements close to the vest. The greatest exception to that rule are advancements that promote safety and protect the environment. Nine international oil and gas companies came together form the Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology Joint Industry Program – known, in short, as the Arctic JIP.
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The chief geologist for a Canadian regulatory agency says the group is working to assess potential risks by better understanding the full geologic framework in the development of oil sands and heavy oil in the province of Alberta.
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Explorer Emphasis

 
While many are working to forecast when the price of oil might reach $80 a barrel again, renowned international strategist and geopolitical analyst Peter Zeihan, the author of “The Accidental Superpower,” predicts in stunning detail the rising and declining energy plays of 2025 and the countries that will ultimately triumph as the world’s leading producers.
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Traditionally ignored, the azimuthal dimension enables more information to be squeezed out of 3-D seismic.


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Explorer Policy Watch

 

Three outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas issues were prominent in 2015 policy debates and will continue in the policy limelight in 2016 as the federal government moves to release final versions of the permits, plans and rules.

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For over two years Congress has complained about delays in the government permitting process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals, and several bills were introduced to accelerate the processing of natural gas export applications.

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