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Energy Pipeline: Natural gas industry faces competition from wind energy, East Coast production

The Greeley Tribune Gas markets in the West will soon be competing with the prolific production from the East Coast, which, among myriad other markets forces, will transform the energy mix across the country in the coming years. Increasing demand in Mexico and the potential for natural gas exports to Europe could prove to be game-changers for the flailing U.S. ...

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Garcia continues to question Black Hills

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By Ryan Severance | The Pueblo Chieftain State Rep. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, said the time is now to fight steady rate hikes from Black Hills Energy. “This isn’t only about Pueblo but about what’s going on within the region,” Garcia said. “We think this is the right time, especially given the fact that we collectively have been trying to have ...

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Garcia: Still time to protect ratepayers

By Peter Roper | The Pueblo Chieftain Frustration that consumers seem powerless against steady rate hikes from Black Hills Energy is the seedbed for House Bill 1398, the measure that state Rep. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, introduced last week, despite the fact the General Assembly will adjourn Wednesday. The bill will get its first hearing Monday in the House State, Veterans ...

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Communities surrounding the Niobrara play see huge economic impact

The Greeley Tribune The Niobrara shale play that is booming in Weld County is spilling over into neighboring communities to the west and having a big economic impact. Communities all along the Front Range – from Fort Collins to Brighton – are seeing sharp increases in the number of oil-related businesses and jobs. There are at least 30 oil-related companies ...

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Natural gas to power vehicles home

On Tuesday, April 29, The North Dakota Clean Cities Coalition, in partnership with the American Lung Association, offered a free workshop highlighting the benefits and feasibility of using compressed and liquid natural gas as a fuel source and a cleaner burning alternative to petroleum. Robert Moffitt, Communications Director for the North Dakota Clean Cities Coalition, said he likes to call ...

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Workover increases Niobrara production 300%

By Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media EnerJex Resources, Inc., an independent exploration and production company operating in the Niobrara shale play, reported in an April 22 press release that the completion of working over eight vertical natural gas wells in Northeastern Colorado has resulted in a 300% increase of daily production values. In the past year, these wells had ...

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A Natural History of the Fayetteville Shale Play

By Zach Koppang | Shale Play Media As natural history will show, events happen in cycles. Weather, economics, regional conflict can each be identified by certain cycles. As technology continues to advance at an exponential rate, new industries are burgeoning, capitalizing on the cycles of the earth’s natural history and the resources that have been locked away in, for example, ...

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Baker Hughes announces cuts

Baker Hughes will lay off 7,000 workers by the end of March, a move expected to impact the Permian Basin as low oil prices pressure the labor-intensive oilfield services sector to scale back. Baker Hughes officials did not reveal how many of those cuts will be in the Permian Basin. “This is really the crappy part of the job, and ...

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Hillary Clinton to speak in Canada amid debate over Keystone

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has so far avoided taking a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, is sure to face the issue again on Wednesday in a return to Canada as Congress considers approving construction of the contentious project backed by the United States’ northern neighbor. The former U.S. secretary of state was to headline events in ...

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