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Marcel-Hiss shale: snake handlers needed

It have being a murderous rattlesnake!

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays It’s no secret the shale drilling revolution revitalized industries nationwide. Oil and gas company growth exploded, of course, but just as well known are the benefits to pipeline construction, manufacturers, railroads and safety equipment, to name a few. Considerably less-discussed: snake handlers. Columbus Business First reports that business opportunities in the Marcellus shale are booming ...

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Surging oil and natural gas production bettering U.S. economy

oil money

Mary Leschper | Energy Tomorrow Blog Shale Insight: Economist Says Natural Gas Boom Carrying U.S. Recovery Observer-Reporter: For nearly an hour, Stephen Moore expended a lot of energy speaking about energy and the economy – and their inextricable link. “You cannot understand economics unless you understand energy,” he said in his opening. “The industry is carrying the rest of the ...

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EU proposes deal to ensure Ukraine gas supplies

BERLIN — A top European Union official proposed a deal Friday that would see Ukraine repay some of its gas debt to Russia in exchange for guaranteed gas deliveries over the harsh winter months. The plan outlined by EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger came after meetings with the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers in Berlin. Pressure is mounting to solve ...

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First-ever manufacturers expo scheduled next week in Colorado Springs

sparkin up that auto

Rich Laden | The Gazette A first-of-its-kind event designed to showcase the products and goods of local manufacturers — and provide a venue where manufacturers can network and tout careers available in their industry — will take place next week in Colorado Springs. MANUFACTURING EXPO SOCOM EXPO 2014, a two-day showcase of the Pikes Peak region’s manufacturing industry, will take ...

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Colorado oil and gas task force holds first meeting

color team web

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A panel assembled by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to assess issues with oil and gas drilling in the state is set to meet for the first time. The Associated Press reports that the group will meet today to begin the preliminary work of advising lawmakers on how to handle conflicts arising from fracking. The ...

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Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US

Jonathon Fahey | Associated Press NEW YORK — The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a “2” across much the country. Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling global oil prices. By the end of the year, up to 30 states could have an average gasoline ...

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Syria, Iraq oil controlled by Islamic State group

BEIRUT (AP) — For the first time since the Unites States and five Arab countries started bombing positions of the Islamic State group in Syria, oil installations under control of the militants were targeted overnight and early on Thursday. Here is a look at the oil in the hands if the Islamic State group, which has overrun several large oil ...

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Wyoming study finds no connection between quakes, injection wells

seismic monitor

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A study conducted by the Wyoming State Geological Survey has found no evidence to link shale drilling activities to an increase in instances of earthquakes. The report, released on Monday, compared records of earthquakes to injection wells in the state from 1984 to 2013, the Casper Star Tribune reports. It focused on five areas in ...

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CSU, Noble unveil live water monitoring program near drilling sites

testing the waters

Greeley Tribune staff report Colorado residents now have access to live monitoring of well water near oil and gas drilling. A team from Colorado State University on Wednesday unveiled the Colorado Water Watch, a project in which they collect groundwater samples from oil and gas sites and report information every hour to a CSU-run website. “This is a tool to ...

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$10 million in water protection grants offered by Duke Energy

fisheye lens river view adventure

Duke Energy has announced its creation of $10 million in grants to protect waterways in five Southern states. The grants are intended to improve water quality assurance, wildlife habitat protection and expanded public access to waterways in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia, The Charlotte Business Journal reports. They will be distributed by a seven-member committee over the ...

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