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Helis Oil & Gas to begin St. Tammany fracking project

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Helis Oil & Gas is set to begin drilling on an exploratory well for a proposed fracking project near Mandeville. Media outlets report project manager Mike Barham says the company plans to begin moving a 100-foot-tall drilling rig onto the site on June 29. Barham says once the rig is in place, the drilling is expected ...

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North Dakota oil output drops 70,000 barrels daily in April

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil production decreased by about 70,000 barrels a day in April. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.04 million barrels of oil daily in April. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily. North Dakota also produced 1.61 billion cubic feet of ...

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Companies can’t afford to sit and wait for repairs, especially in today’s fluctuating O&G market

pdma testing, ward leonard

Oil’s up.  Oil’s down.  Oil’s up again. With today’s energy market fluctuations, it’s increasingly critical for companies within the industry to get a firm grasp and control of both their CAPEX and OPEX costs.  Much of that starts with hard-working field equipment. And just like a car that can’t go 100,000 miles without service, field equipment like motors and generators ...

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Scientists: Drop Arctic from plans for offshore drilling

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nearly 400 scientists have signed a letter urging President Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling in the near future by taking the Arctic Ocean out of the next federal offshore lease sale plan. The scientists include Jane Lubchenco, Obama’s former administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, now a researcher and teacher ...

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Leaders ask Oregon, Washington governors to ban oil-by-train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland and Multnomah County leaders on Tuesday urged the governors of Oregon and Washington to push Congress for a permanent ban on oil-by-rail in the wake of a fiery train derailment along the Columbia River. The June 3 derailment in the town of Mosier showed transporting oil by train is dangerous and unnecessary and should be ...

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Mississippi port trying to land its biggest tenant

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The state port is trying to land its biggest tenant. The Sun Herald reports the company that would use a patented system to condition and liquefy gas on the West Pier for shipment to the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. SeaOne Gulfport LLC’s first production facility and export terminal is estimated to cost $450 million, with expansion ...

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US rig count rises 6 last week to 414, 2nd week of gains

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by six last week to 414, the second consecutive week the count has increased after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid collapsed energy prices. A year ago, 859 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes ...

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DTE plans to shut down 8 coal-fired units at 3 plants

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DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy Co. plans to shut down eight coal-fired units at three power plants in Michigan within the next seven years. The Detroit-based utility announced Wednesday the units being retired between 2020 and 2023 are at the River Rouge facility in the Detroit area, the St. Clair facility in St. Clair County’s East China Township and the ...

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Gas line board hires new president

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state-sponsored corporation involved in pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska has a new president. Keith Meyer was hired by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. to succeed Dan Fauske, who resigned last year. The corporation, in a release, said Meyer has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry, including 15 ...

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Work on Dakota Access begins in Iowa, protesters vow nonviolent acts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Work has begun in Iowa on an oil pipeline despite repeated attempts by landowners and environmental groups to stop it, a spokeswoman for the Texas company building the pipeline said Thursday. The Iowa Utilities Board signed a final order Wednesday allowing construction on the $3.8 billion, 1,150-mile pipeline that spans four states, and work began ...

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