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EOG Resources. Inc. | Date: 2016-08-24

A plunger piston assembly for a plunger lift system used to remove fluids from a subterranean wellbore includes a sealing sleeve having a central axis, an upper end, a lower end, and a throughbore extending axially from the upper end of the sealing sleeve to the lower end of the sealing sleeve. The throughbore of the sealing sleeve defines a receptacle extending axially from the lower end of the sealing sleeve. In addition, the plunger piston assembly includes an intermediate sleeve having a central axis, an upper end, a lower end, and a throughbore extending axially from the upper end of the intermediate sleeve to the lower end of the intermediate sleeve. The throughbore of the intermediate sleeve defines a receptacle extending axially from the lower end of the intermediate sleeve. The upper end of the intermediate sleeve is configured to be removably seated in the receptacle of the sealing sleeve. Further, the plunger piston assembly includes a plug configured to be removably seated in the in the receptacle of the intermediate sleeve.


News Article | April 26, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

FILE PHOTO -- The view from Comb Ridge is pictured in Utah’s Bears Ears area of the Four Corners Region, Utah, U.S. December 18, 2016. REUTERS/Annie Knox/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them - part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining and other development. The move comes as Trump seeks to reverse a slew of environmental protections ushered in by former President Barack Obama that he said were hobbling economic growth - an agenda that is cheering industry but enraging conservationists. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Tuesday Trump's executive order would require him to conduct the review of around 30 national monuments and recommend which designations should be lifted or resized over the coming months. He said he would seek feedback from Congressional delegations, governors and local stakeholders before making his recommendations. "I am not going to predispose what the outcome is going to be," Zinke said. Rescinding or altering a national monument designation would be new ground for the government, he said. "It is untested, as you know, whether the president can do that," Zinke said. The monuments covered by the review will range from the Grand Staircase in Utah created by President Bill Clinton in 1996 to the Bears Ears monuments created by President Barack Obama in December 2016 in the same state, covering millions of acres of land overlying minerals, oil and gas. Obama's administration created the Bears Ears monument arguing that it would protect the cultural legacy of the Navajo and four other tribes and preserve "scenic and historic landscapes." But Utah's governor opposed the designation, saying it went against the wishes of citizens eager for development. The area lies near where EOG Resources - a Texas-based company - had been approved to drill. Zinke said the broader aim of the order is to give states more input in the monument designation process, and "restore trust between local communities and Washington." While he acknowledged that national monuments could bring tourism, he said he thinks federal land should be managed for "multiple uses." Conservation groups and Native American tribal representatives slammed the looming order, suggesting it would be fought in court. "With this review, the Trump Administration is walking into a legal, political and moral minefield," said Kate Kelly, public lands director for the Center for American Progress. A summary of the forthcoming order, seen by Reuters, said past administrations "overused" the Antiquities Act that allows presidents to create monuments.


News Article | April 26, 2017
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be rescinded or reduce the size of sites as the administration pushes to open up more federal land to drilling, mining and other development. Trump's order is part of an effort to reverse many of the environmental protections implemented by his predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama that Trump said were hobbling economic growth. Trump's agenda is being cheered by industry but enraging conservationists. Legal challenges are expected because no president has ever rescinded a monument designation. In announcing the order on Wednesday Republican Trump said Obama's use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to create monuments was an "egregious abuse of federal power" that allowed the federal government to "lock up" millions of acres of land and water. The Antiquities Act gives a president the authority to create national monuments from federal lands to protect significant natural, cultural, or scientific features. "Today we're putting the states back in charge," Trump said, adding that they should decide which land is protected and which is open for development. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters late Tuesday the order requires him to review about 30 national monuments created over the past two decades, and recommend which designations should be lifted or altered. The monuments covered under the review will range from the Grand Staircase created by President Bill Clinton in 1996 to the Bears Ears created by Obama in December 2016, both in Utah. Zinke said he will seek local feedback before making recommendations, adding that reversing a monument designation could be tricky. "It is untested, as you know, whether the president can do that," Zinke said. President Woodrow Wilson reduced the size of Washington state's Mount Olympus National Monument in 1915, arguing there was an urgent need for timber at the time. Zinke said he will review the Bears Ears monument first and make a recommendation to the president in 45 days. He has 120 days to issue a full report on all monuments to the president. Bears Ears protects Native American cultural heritage and sacred sites. Obama created the Bears Ears monument in the final days of his administration. Utah's governor and the state's congressional delegation opposed the designation, saying it was done against the wishes of citizens eager for development. Utah Governor Gary Herbert, and Senators Mike Lee and Orin Hatch, all Republicans, stood beside Trump as he signed the order. Trump said the lawmakers lobbied him for the order. Bears Ears is near where Texas-based EOG Resources Inc has been approved to drill. "I commend the Trump administration for stopping this cycle of executive abuse and beginning a review of past designations," he said. "With this review, the Trump Administration is walking into a legal, political and moral mine field," said Kate Kelly, public lands director for the Center for American Progress. Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona, ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, warned Zinke not to make an "ideological" decision. He said previous monuments were decided "after years of close federal consultation with multiple local stakeholders." The five Native American tribes that pushed to create the Bears Ears monument to protect ancestral land said they will fight to protect it. The Outdoor Industry Association, the trade group of the recreation industry, also attacked the order. The group has estimated the outdoor recreation economy generates over $887 billion in consumer spending and creates 7.6 million jobs. "Less than 24 hours after joining with our industry to celebrate the economic power of outdoor recreation, in a hypocritical move, the Trump administration took unprecedented steps that could result in the removal of protections for treasured public lands," said Rose Marcario, chief executive of outdoor gear retailer Patagonia. On Friday, before the close of Trump's first 100 days in office, he is expected to sign an executive order that would review offshore areas available for offshore oil and gas exploration that have been restricted by previous presidents.


News Article | April 26, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be rescinded or reduce the size of sites as the administration pushes to open up more federal land to drilling, mining and other development. Trump's order is part of an effort to reverse many of the environmental protections implemented by his predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama that Trump said were hobbling economic growth. Trump's agenda is being cheered by industry but enraging conservationists. Legal challenges are expected because no president has ever rescinded a monument designation. In announcing the order on Wednesday Republican Trump said Obama's use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to create monuments was an "egregious abuse of federal power" that allowed the federal government to "lock up" millions of acres of land and water. The Antiquities Act gives a president the authority to create national monuments from federal lands to protect significant natural, cultural, or scientific features. "Today we're putting the states back in charge," Trump said, adding that they should decide which land is protected and which is open for development. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters late Tuesday the order requires him to review about 30 national monuments created over the past two decades, and recommend which designations should be lifted or altered. The monuments covered under the review will range from the Grand Staircase created by President Bill Clinton in 1996 to the Bears Ears created by Obama in December 2016, both in Utah. Zinke said he will seek local feedback before making recommendations, adding that reversing a monument designation could be tricky. "It is untested, as you know, whether the president can do that," Zinke said. President Woodrow Wilson reduced the size of Washington state's Mount Olympus National Monument in 1915, arguing there was an urgent need for timber at the time. Zinke said he will review the Bears Ears monument first and make a recommendation to the president in 45 days. He has 120 days to issue a full report on all monuments to the president. Bears Ears protects Native American cultural heritage and sacred sites. Obama created the Bears Ears monument in the final days of his administration. Utah's governor and the state's congressional delegation opposed the designation, saying it was done against the wishes of citizens eager for development. Utah Governor Gary Herbert, and Senators Mike Lee and Orin Hatch, all Republicans, stood beside Trump as he signed the order. Trump said the lawmakers lobbied him for the order. Bears Ears is near where Texas-based EOG Resources Inc has been approved to drill. "I commend the Trump administration for stopping this cycle of executive abuse and beginning a review of past designations," he said. "With this review, the Trump Administration is walking into a legal, political and moral mine field," said Kate Kelly, public lands director for the Center for American Progress. Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona, ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, warned Zinke not to make an "ideological" decision. He said previous monuments were decided "after years of close federal consultation with multiple local stakeholders." The five Native American tribes that pushed to create the Bears Ears monument to protect ancestral land said they will fight to protect it. The Outdoor Industry Association, the trade group of the recreation industry, also attacked the order. The group has estimated the outdoor recreation economy generates over $887 billion in consumer spending and creates 7.6 million jobs. "Less than 24 hours after joining with our industry to celebrate the economic power of outdoor recreation, in a hypocritical move, the Trump administration took unprecedented steps that could result in the removal of protections for treasured public lands," said Rose Marcario, chief executive of outdoor gear retailer Patagonia. On Friday, before the close of Trump's first 100 days in office, he is expected to sign an executive order that would review offshore areas available for offshore oil and gas exploration that have been restricted by previous presidents. For more news videos visit Yahoo View, available now on iOS and Android.


News Article | April 27, 2017
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HOUSTON, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE: EOG) (EOG) has declared a dividend of $0.1675 per share on EOG's Common Stock, payable July 31, 2017, to stockholders of record as of July 17, 2017. The indicated annual rate is $0.67. EOG Resources, Inc. is one of the largest independent (non-integrated) crude oil and natural gas companies in the United States with proved reserves in the United States, Trinidad, the United Kingdom and China.  EOG Resources, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded under the ticker symbol "EOG."  For additional information about EOG, please visit www.eogresources.com.


News Article | April 19, 2017
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— The Global Construction Sand Market Research Report 2017is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Construction Sand industry. In a word, This report studies Construction Sand in Global market, especially in United States, EU, China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, focuses on top manufacturers in global market, with capacity, production, price, revenue and market share for each manufacturer. Key companies included in this research are Saint-Gobain, Bathgate Silica Sand, Nugent Sand, Pattison Sand, Pioneer Natural Resources, Select Sands, Sibelco, Mitsubishi, Quarzwerke, Tochu Corporation, Taiwan Glass Industry, Chongqing Changjiang Moulding Material, Zhuzhou Kibing Group, Holcim, Minerali Industriali, Haryana Ceramic & Allied Products Industries, EOG Resources Incorporated, Adwan Chemical Industries and Emerge Energy Services. Market Segment by Region, this report splits Global into several key Region, with sales, revenue, market share and growth rate of Construction Sand in these regions, from 2011 to 2022 (forecast), like United States, EU, China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Firstly, Construction Sand On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into Natural Sand and Synthetic Sand. On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, consumption (sales), market share and growth rate of Construction Sand for each application, including Foundry, Construction, Ceramics & Refractories, Glass manufacturing and Other. 7 Global Construction Sand Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis 7.1 Saint-Gobain 7.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 7.1.2 Construction Sand Product Category, Application and Specification 7.1.2.1 Product A 7.1.2.2 Product B 7.1.3 Saint-Gobain Construction Sand Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 7.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.2 Bathgate Silica Sand 7.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 7.2.2 Construction Sand Product Category, Application and Specification 7.2.2.1 Product A 7.2.2.2 Product B 7.2.3 Bathgate Silica Sand Construction Sand Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 7.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.3 Nugent Sand 7.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 7.3.2 Construction Sand Product Category, Application and Specification 7.3.2.1 Product A 7.3.2.2 Product B 7.3.3 Nugent Sand Construction Sand Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 7.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview Figure Picture of Construction Sand Figure Global Construction Sand Production (K MT) and CAGR (%) Comparison by Types (Product Category) (2012-2022) Figure Global Construction Sand Production Market Share by Types (Product Category) in 2016 Figure Product Picture of Natural Sand Table Major Manufacturers of Natural Sand Figure Product Picture of Synthetic Sand Table Major Manufacturers of Synthetic Sand Figure Global Construction Sand Consumption (K MT) by Applications (2012-2022) Figure Global Construction Sand Consumption Market Share by Applications in 2016 Figure Foundry Examples Figure Construction Examples Figure Ceramics & Refractories Examples Figure Glass manufacturing Examples Figure Other Examples Figure Global Construction Sand Market Size (Million USD), Comparison (K MT) and CAGR (%) by Regions (2012-2022) Figure North America Construction Sand Revenue (Million USD) and Growth Rate (2012-2022) Figure Europe Construction Sand Revenue (Million USD) and Growth Rate (2012-2022) Figure China Construction Sand Revenue (Million USD) and Growth Rate (2012-2022) Figure Japan Construction Sand Revenue (Million USD) and Growth Rate (2012-2022) Figure Southeast Asia Construction Sand Revenue (Million USD) and Growth Rate (2012-2022) Figure India Construction Sand Revenue (Million USD) and Growth Rate (2012-2022) Figure Global Construction Sand Revenue (Million USD) Status and Outlook (2012-2022) Figure Global Construction Sand Capacity, Production (K MT) Status and Outlook (2012-2022) Figure Global Construction Sand Major Players Product Capacity (K MT) (2012-2017) Table Global Construction Sand Capacity (K MT) of Key Manufacturers (2012-2017) Table Global Construction Sand Capacity Market Share of Key Manufacturers (2012-2017) Figure Global Construction Sand Capacity (K MT) of Key Manufacturers in 2016 Figure Global Construction Sand Capacity (K MT) of Key Manufacturers in 2017 Figure Global Construction Sand Major Players Product Production (K MT) (2012-2017) Table Global Construction Sand Production (K MT) of Key Manufacturers (2012-2017) Table Global Construction Sand Production Share by Manufacturers (2012-2017) Figure 2016 Construction Sand Production Share by Manufacturers Figure 2017 Construction Sand Production Share by Manufacturers Figure Global Construction Sand Major Players Product Revenue (Million USD) (2012-2017) Table Global Construction Sand Revenue (Million USD) by Manufacturers (2012-2017) Table Global Construction Sand Revenue Share by Manufacturers (2012-2017) Table 2016 Global Construction Sand Revenue Share by Manufacturers Table 2017 Global Construction Sand Revenue Share by Manufacturers Table Global Market Construction Sand Average Price (USD/MT) of Key Manufacturers (2012-2017) Figure Global Market Construction Sand Average Price (USD/MT) of Key Manufacturers in 2016 Table Manufacturers Construction Sand Manufacturing Base Distribution and Sales Area For more information, please visit http://www.reportsweb.com/global-construction-sand-market-research-report-2017


HOUSTON, April 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (“EGC” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:EXXI) today announced that it has appointed Douglas E. Brooks as Chief Executive Officer and President effective April 17, 2017.  The Board concurrently increased the size of EGC’s Board from six to seven directors and named Mr. Brooks to fill the newly-created directorship. Mr. Brooks has over 34 years of experience in the energy industry. Most recently he served as the Chief Executive Officer for Yates Petroleum Corporation, a privately-owned exploration and production company, from April 2015 until Yates’ merger with EOG Resources, Inc. in October 2016.  Mr. Brooks previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Oil & Gas Limited from October 2012 until June 2014, and as a Senior Vice President at Forest Oil Corporation from April 2012 until October 2012.  In addition, he spent 24 years with Marathon Oil Company in roles of increasing responsibility, lastly as the Director of Upstream Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Development for the Americas.  He has also built two private equity-sponsored firms focused on unconventional resource projects in the western U.S. Mr. Brooks currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chaparral Energy, Inc. and has served as a board member for Aurora Oil & Gas Limited, Magdalena Energy Company, Yates Petroleum and the Houston Producers’ Forum.  Additionally, he is currently an advisor for Hart Energy’s A&D Watch, a global energy research publication.  Mr. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Wyoming – Casper and a Masters of Business Administration, Finance from Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas. Michael S. Reddin, EGC’s Chairman of the Board commented, "On behalf of our Board of Directors, we are extremely pleased to welcome Doug Brooks to assume our senior leadership role at Energy XXI.  Doug’s impeccable reputation, extensive industry experience and clear track record of value creation as Chief Executive at other exploration and production companies make him the perfect fit for our Company. His skills are also highly complementary to those of Scott Heck, our Chief Operating Officer, who has an extensive offshore, engineering and operations background.  We look forward to having the powerful combination of Doug and Scott at the top of Energy XXI as we develop and execute strategies to maximize stockholder value.” Douglas E. Brooks, Chief Executive Officer and President remarked, “The confidence shown by the Board of Directors in asking me to lead their experienced technical and financial teams is greatly appreciated.  Energy XXI is at an inflection point in its history since it has emerged from restructuring with a strong balance sheet that provides maximum flexibility for future value creation.  I look forward to working with our Board, senior management, our technical and financial teams, and our stockholders as we plan and execute our new path forward.” This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, including those relating to the intent, beliefs, plans, or expectations of EGC are based upon current expectations and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. It is not possible to predict or identify all such factors and the following list should not be considered a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties relating to emergence from Chapter 11 or a change in EGC’s senior management team, including, but not limited to: (i) the effects of the departure of EGC’s senior leaders on the Company’s employees, suppliers, regulators and business counterparties, (ii) the increased advisory costs incurred in connection with executing the reorganization, (iii) the impact of restrictions in the exit financing on EGC’s ability to make capital investments and pursue strategic growth opportunities and (iv) other risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results, including project plans and related expenditures and resource recoveries, to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. For a more detailed discussion of risk factors, please see Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” of the Transition Report on Form 10-K for the transition period ended December 31, 2016 filed by EGC for more information. EGC will file reports and other information with the SEC going forward. EGC assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update the information contained herein except as required by law. Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas development and production company whose assets are primarily located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico waters offshore Louisiana and Texas.  The Company’s near-term strategy emphasizes exploitation of key assets, enhanced by its focus on financial discipline and operational excellence. To learn more, visit EGC’s website at www.EnergyXXI.com.


Patent
EOG Resources. Inc. | Date: 2014-10-28

A method for determining a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir quality prior to a hydraulic fracture treatment based on completions index is disclosed. The method comprises a step performing a test determining a hydraulic pressure at which a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir will begin to fracture by pumping a fluid in a wellbore, wherein the wellbore extends from a surface to the reservoir and the wellbore has one or more perforations in communication with reservoir; a step generating a pressure transient in the wellbore, the pressure transient travels from the surface to the reservoir through the perforations and reflects back the surface after contacting the reservoir; a step measuring response of the pressure transient at sufficiently high sampling frequency; a step determining fracture hydraulic parameters of the perforations and the reservoir using the measured response; and optimizing a stimulation treatment to the reservoir based on the determined fracture hydraulic parameters.


Patent
EOG Resources. Inc. | Date: 2016-07-28

A method for determining a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir quality prior to a hydraulic fracture treatment based on completions index is disclosed. The method comprises a step performing a test determining a hydraulic pressure at which a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir will begin to fracture by pumping a fluid in a wellbore, wherein the wellbore extends from a surface to the reservoir and the wellbore has one or more perforations in communication with reservoir; a step generating a pressure transient in the wellbore, the pressure transient travels from the surface to the reservoir through the perforations and reflects back the surface after contacting the reservoir; a step measuring response of the pressure transient at sufficiently high sampling frequency; a step determining fracture hydraulic parameters of the perforations and the reservoir using the measured response; and optimizing a stimulation treatment to the reservoir based on the determined fracture hydraulic parameters.


Patent
EOG Resources. Inc. | Date: 2014-12-01

A fracturing fluid that includes the combination of liquid ammonia and a proppant, and a method for fracturing an underground formation by pumping this fracturing fluid into a wellbore that extends to the formation. The process includes generating pressure in the wellbore, creating fractures in the formation using the liquid or gelled ammonia and proppant slurry, and releasing pressure from the wellbore. The ammonia released from the liquid or gelled ammonia helps stabilize clays in the formation and the proppant helps to maintain the fractures in the formation.

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