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Top 5 stories of the week July 23 – 30

It’s warm. It’s humid. The northern plains and the Midwest have had their fair share of storms the past couple of weeks. But it hasn’t stopped the energy news from rolling in. While it’s been fairly quite on the home front, politicians and policy makers have made headlines. With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton wrestling to see who comes out on top, the rest of us are waiting for the dust to settle. One of our readers even shared a link this week about Dr. Suess’s Cat in the Hat on the ballet as the best candidate. Whoever you’re considering, I’m sure you’re interested in how policies of any incoming administration will affect the energy industry. And that was the topic of a story that our readers found most interesting this week. Here’s a look at this week’s top 5:

Thousands of pro-Sanders, anti-fracking marchers hit streets

Spokane, Washington officials say they want stricter regulations when it comes to oil trains within their city limits. Can they block them altogether?

Cities turn to local action to block oil trains

Safety expert Dan Hannan often contributes stories affecting company culture and the importance of workplace safety. His latest contribution gained lots of traction with readers.

Torque wrench safety

As everyone knows, innovation and persistence are what keep anyone working in the oil patch going. This company is based on those principles. While this story was most resonant with our Texas audience, people from across the country found the story about John White and how he learned to control paraffin in oil wells to be particularly compelling. After all, it’s something every operator deals with.

Build a better MFC and the world will beat a path to your door

And finally, in the Marcellus region, thoughts have been renewables, particularly since New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York state committed last year to generating half of its energy from renewable sources like wind and solar by the year 2030. Meanwhile, this New York energy project has environmentalists up in arms as the whole thing seems contradictory. You be the judge:

Solar projects can’t save the forest for the trees?


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