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4 foreign ministers confirmed at Iran nuke talks

VIENNA (AP) — Three European powers and the U.S. have confirmed that their foreign ministers will join Iran nuclear talks this weekend in an effort to advance the stalled negotiations. But the Itar-Tass news agency reported Friday that their Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, isn’t coming. That could lessen chances of success, because Moscow often acts as a bridge between Washington ...

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New industry standards create open relationship between operators and impacted communities

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The American Petroleum Institute (API) has issued new and specific standards that will engage unconventional oil and gas operators with the U.S. communities being affected by development. Oil and Gas Journal reports that the new community engagement guidelines are similar to what already exists for railways and pipelines. In a statement to reporters on ...

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Renewable energy prices decreasing, becoming more cost-effective

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy are growing quickly due to dropping prices, according to a recent report from Colorado Public Radio (CPR). Renewable energy accounts for only 17 percent of Colorado’s electricity, but the formerly high production costs are beginning to compare to the costs of using fossil fuels. Dan ...

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Loveland, Colorado voters examine facts, welcome fracking

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Some communities in Colorado seem to have remained unaware that hydraulic fracturing has been happening in their state since 1947. Some cities, such as Lafayette and Boulder, have considered banning the process entirely or placing temporary moratoriums on operations, hoping the extra time will allow for more research to illuminate the currently unknown effects ...

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Wyoming dominates fossil fuel production on federal and Indian lands

Wyoming has produced the most fossil fuel on federal and Indian lands according to a recent report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA report used data collected from the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue and is the first time the agency has detailed production values on federal and Indian lands by state. Wyoming and ...

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Wyoming: State officials not concerned with volatility of Bakken crude

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media As oil production in the Bakken recently marched past its 1 millionth barrel, other states are left fretting about how to cope with the extra volatility of the oil being produced and shipped from North Dakota. Wyoming state officials, however, are less concerned than other states about the nature of Bakken crude traveling through ...

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