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  • Jun. 26, 2015, 4:58 PM
    • Alberta's government names the top executive of a province-owned bank, ATB Financial CEO Dave Mowat, to head a panel to review oil and natural gas royalty payments and issue recommendations by year’s end.
    • The announcement to move ahead with the royalty review, even as oil-rich Alberta struggles with sharply lower crude prices, comes a day after the province said it would double a carbon tax levied on large-scale emitters of greenhouse gases over the next two years.
    • Alberta is home of the Canadian subsidiaries of energy giants Exxon Mobil (XOM, IMO), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Total (NYSE:TOT), among others.
    • Among other top Alberta oil producers: SU, OTCPK:HUSKF, CVE, CNQ, ECA, TLM, OTCQX:COSWF, CPG, OTCPK:PEGFF
    | Jun. 26, 2015, 4:58 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 25, 2015, 1:04 PM
    • Alberta's new government says it will raise the province's existing carbon tax on industrial emitters starting next year, the first step in revamping regulations to curb rising greenhouse gas output from surging oil sands production.
    • The price will rise to C$20/metric ton in 2016 from C$15 now, and increase to C$30 in 2017, when the rules will expire, the environment ministry says; large emitters will be required to reduce emissions by 15% next year and 20% in 2017, compared with a 12% reduction this year.
    • Alberta’s oil sands have become a target for environmentalists because of their significant carbon footprint, and the new NDP government had campaigned on a promise to toughen the province’s environmental standards.
    • Among Alberta's top oil producers: SU, IMO, XOM, OTCPK:HUSKF, CVE, CNQ, ECA, TLM, OTCQX:COSWF, CPG, OTCPK:PEGFF
    | Jun. 25, 2015, 1:04 PM | 28 Comments
  • Jun. 24, 2015, 9:53 AM
    • Norway's oil rig unions and employers have started government-backed mediation in a final attempt to avoid a strike that could shut down two North Sea oil fields.
    • If the parties fail to reach a deal by midnight Oslo time, nearly 200 workers will go on strike on two Teekay-owned (NYSE:TK) production ships on the Knarr and Varg fields starting Thursday, the SAFE union has said.
    • The Talisman-operated (NYSE:TLM) Varg field currently produces ~10K boe/day; the BG-operated (OTCPK:BRGXF, OTCQX:BRGYY) Knarr field produced ~18K boe/day in April, its first full month of operation.
    • Although production has been dropping over the years, Norway is western Europe’s biggest producer, with daily output YTD of 1.93M barrels of oil, natural gas liquids and condensate.
    | Jun. 24, 2015, 9:53 AM
  • May 29, 2015, 5:25 PM
    • Natural gas production in the Marcellus shale, which has grown over the past decade from near zero to ~20% of U.S. output, may decline for the first time if prices in the basin remain low for much longer, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says.
    • "Relatively low gas prices, combined with low oil prices, have slowed drilling in the Marcellus so production from new wells is only offsetting the decline in old wells," EIA says, expecting Marcellus output to remain flat through 2018 before declining ~1%/year during 2019-25.
    • Recent data indicates a potential slowdown: The number of rigs in the area has dwindled to its lowest since 2011, and drillers including Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) and Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG) have temporarily shut in some production due to weak regional prices.
    • An inability to move all the gas out of the Marcellus region has depressed prices there compared with the Gulf coast benchmark, the Henry Hub in Louisiana, making it less attractive for local producers to drill more.
    • Other top Marcellus producers include RRC, RDS.A, RDS.B, TLM, APC, ATLS, CVX, CNX, EQT, EOG, XOM, WPX, XCO, CRZO, SWN, AR.
    | May 29, 2015, 5:25 PM
  • May 7, 2015, 8:40 AM
    • Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM): Q1 EPS of -$0.43 misses by $0.30.
    • Revenue of $498M (-62.8% Y/Y) misses by $512M.
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    | May 7, 2015, 8:40 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 5, 2015, 12:24 PM
    • Repsol (OTCQX:REPYY, OTCPK:REPYF) will transfer the top executive at its Brazilian operations to the U.S. to help integrate Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM) into its operations, Bloomberg reports.
    • Tomas Garcia Blanco, who took over the Brazilian operations less than a year ago, reportedly will help oversee integration of TLM’s North American assets after the $13B acquisition is completed on May 8.
    • Garcia Blanco, who will be based in Houston, previously was head of E&P at Repsol’s YPF unit in Argentina, where he oversaw the discovery of the giant Vaca Muerta shale oil field.
    | May 5, 2015, 12:24 PM
  • Apr. 9, 2015, 7:21 PM
    • Radon levels have been rising measurably in Pennsylvania since 2004, when the fracking industry began drilling natural gas wells in the state, according to a new report by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    • The report does not pinpoint the exact cause of rising radon readings or explicitly tie it to any activity, but it says that buildings in counties where natural gas is most actively being extracted have in the past decade had much higher radon measurements than buildings in low-activity areas, where no such discrepancies were found before 2004.
    • Pennsylvania has long been known to have some of the highest indoor radon levels in the U.S., but the researchers say fracking of the Marcellus shale formation could exacerbate pathways for radon to enter buildings.
    • Top Marcellus Shale producers include CHK, RRC, RDS.A, RDS.B, TLM, APC, ATLS, COG, CVX, CNX, EQT, EOG, XOM, WPX, XCO, CRZO, SWN, AR.
    | Apr. 9, 2015, 7:21 PM | 89 Comments
  • Apr. 9, 2015, 8:33 AM
    • Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM) declares balance dividend of $0.1125/share under the agreement with Repsol.
    • The company declared to pay dividend of $18.00/share, incl. dividend of $0.0675 paid in Dec.
    • The balance dividend will be paid on Apr 29, to shareholder son record of Apr 20.
    • The completion of the deal is anticipated in 2Q15.
    | Apr. 9, 2015, 8:33 AM
  • Mar. 27, 2015, 12:49 PM
    • Trade unions Unite and GMB say members working in the U.K. North Sea are showing overwhelming support for industrial action over proposed changes to their terms and conditions, voting 93.5% in favor of proceeding to a strike ballot and increasing the likelihood of North Sea strike action for the first time in a generation.
    • It is not yet clear how many workers any eventual strike action would involve, but the unions still must cobble together an electoral register that is robust enough to withstand any potential legal challenges, a process which could take some time.
    • Companies are broadly cutting headcount in their North Sea operations to trim costs, with hundreds of job losses announced at Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), BP, Talisman (NYSE:TLM), Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) since oil prices plunged in 2014.
    | Mar. 27, 2015, 12:49 PM | 24 Comments
  • Mar. 18, 2015, 7:44 AM
    • Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM) says it is terminating 10%-15% of its employees and contractors, or 150-200 of 1,300 Calgary head office jobs that support its global operations, as it scales back its budget by 30% this year to contend with collapsing crude oil prices.
    • TLM says the cuts are not related to Repsol's (OTCQX:REPYY, OTCPK:REPYF) $8.3B takeover of the company, which is expected to close by mid-year.
    • TLM follows Cnooc’s Nexen Energy subsidiary and Athabasca Oil in announcing job cuts in Canada’s oil patch on Tuesday.
    | Mar. 18, 2015, 7:44 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 18, 2015, 4:37 PM
    • Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM) says its shareholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the takeover of the company by Repsol (OTCPK:REPYF, OTCQX:REPYY).
    • TLM expects the deal, which still requires court and regulatory approvals, to close during Q2.
    • Repsol expects the acquisition to boost its oil production by 76% to 680K bbl/day while its reserves would increase 55%.
    | Feb. 18, 2015, 4:37 PM | 2 Comments
  • Feb. 12, 2015, 11:33 AM
    • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing a new 5% severance tax on natural gas extraction in the state, saying the measure could generate $1B or more.
    • The measure could face some pushback in the state's Republican-controlled legislature, but some kind of fracking tax could pass, as lawmakers from both parties already have proposed taxes from 3.2% to 8%.
    • Like other major natural gas producing states, Pennsylvania already has a severance tax on the value of the gas extracted at the wellhead.
    • Top Marcellus Shale producers include CHK, RRC, RDS.A, RDS.B, TLM, APC, ATLS, COG, CVX, CNX, EQT, EOG, XOM, WPX, XCO, CRZO, SWN, AR.
    | Feb. 12, 2015, 11:33 AM | 52 Comments
  • Feb. 10, 2015, 8:44 AM
    • Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM) reported a wider Q4 loss after it wrote down the value of some assets by ~$1.37B to reflect slumping crude oil prices.
    • TLM says it wrote down the value of its Eagle Ford assets in Texas by $614M, fully impaired an investment in the Kurdistan region of Iraq by $234M, and took charges related to assets in the North Sea and in the Equion field in Colombia; it also recorded a $996M loss on joint ventures such as Talisman Sinopec Energy UK, which operates oil and gas fields in the North Sea.
    • In North America, TLM's total production and production from ongoing operations averaged 173K boe/day for Q4, up 5% Y/Y due to increased volumes from Canada and Eagle Ford.
    • TLM says it still expects the takeover by Repsol (OTCQX:REPYY, OTCPK:REPYF) to happen in Q2.
    | Feb. 10, 2015, 8:44 AM
  • Feb. 10, 2015, 6:02 AM
    • Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM): Q4 EPS of -$1.54 may not be comparable to consensus of -$0.05.
    | Feb. 10, 2015, 6:02 AM
  • Feb. 9, 2015, 5:30 PM
    | Feb. 9, 2015, 5:30 PM | 6 Comments
  • Feb. 3, 2015, 7:59 AM
    • Cnooc (NYSE:CEO) says it plans to cut capital spending by 26%-35% in 2015 compared with a year earlier, as China’s biggest energy companies tighten their belts amid plunging oil prices.
    • Cnooc says that despite the capex cuts, it would still meet oil production growth targets through “cost control and efficiency enhancement,” forecasting output of 475M-495M boe in 2015, up from ~432M boe last year.
    • Cnooc could be facing writedowns of more than $5B related to its 2013 acquisition of Canada’s Nexen, according to J.P. Morgan.
    • Larger rival China National Petroleum (NYSE:PTR) is pledging “revolutionary measures” to cut costs, and a joint venture between Sinopec (NYSE:SNP) and Canada’s Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM) is laying off several hundred staff and contractors in the U.K.
    | Feb. 3, 2015, 7:59 AM