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Oilfield firm donates $172M in software to School of Mines

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Oilfield services company Schlumberger has donated $172 million worth of software to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to strengthen the school’s energy resources initiative. The Houston-based company provides technology and other support services for the oil and gas industry in areas such as western North Dakota’s oil patch. School officials say the software ...

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As fuel shortages hit Nepal, is renewable energy an alternative?

fuel shortages hit Nepal, is renewable energy an alternative

KATHMANDU – On a Sunday morning, dozens of police officers in combat gear stand guard at a petrol station in Kathmandu’s Lalitpur neighborhood. Outside, nearly a hundred cars, motorbikes and buses form a serpentine line, their drivers hoping to buy a few liters of fuel. Disruption in supplies since October – the result of a strike at the Indian border ...

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Washington pens list of recommendations for oil terminal projects

Aerial view of marine terminals at the Port of Grays Harbor in Washington State. (Image courtesy of Port of Grays Harbor)

A letter from the state Utilities and Transportation Commission to the Department of Ecology outlines a plethora of railroad safety concerns the commission has over the crude-by-rail storage facilities proposed for the Port of Grays Harbor. The letter, dated Nov. 30, came on the final day of the Department of Ecology’s public comment period following the release of the draft ...

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Judge rejects bid to block Alberta Clipper pipeline upgrade

Enbridge shut down Line 67, the Alberta Clipper, on January 18, 2014 after a 20,000 litre 'heavy oil' spill. The line was restarted later in the day. (Image: John W. Murray via Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge rejected the key parts of a lawsuit brought by tribal and environmental groups that sought to block a capacity expansion on the Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline, saying Wednesday that the courts don’t have the authority to intervene at this stage. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis concluded the letters the State Department sent to Canadian-based ...

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Antifracking groups hold rally ahead of Colo. Supreme Court arguments

Holding signs with messages such as “Don’t frack with our air” and “Frack off,” 55 members of environmental groups that support Longmont’s and Fort Collins’ efforts to limit fracking within city limits rallied outside the Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday ahead of oral arguments in the cities’ ongoing legal cases. Leaders from The Sierra Club; Food and Water Watch; Earthworks; ...

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Natural gas service expansion to give customers power option

Natural gas service expansion to give customers power option

HERNANDO, Miss. — Officials say an expansion of a natural gas service will bring the power option to customers living in five northern Mississippi counties where it wasn’t previously available. The Commercial Appeal reports Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley made the announcement Wednesday along with Atmos Energy and other officials. Counties where service will expand include DeSoto, Clay, Lee, Monroe and ...

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Western states’ battle over coal royalties spills into House

The Western states’ battle over royalties that companies pay for coal, oil and gas taken from public lands spilled into Congress on Tuesday, where lawmakers and witnesses from Montana and Wyoming squared off. Former Montana Department of Revenue Director Dan Bucks told the House Natural Resources Committee that more needed to be done to ensure the public was getting its ...

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Feds reject consolidated review of pipeline projects

ROANOKE, Va. — Federal regulators have rejected a request to assess the overall environmental impact of several proposed multistate natural gas pipelines. A coalition of pipeline opponents had sought the review. They argued that individual assessments would be piecemeal and conducted in a vacuum. The Roanoke Times reports that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Norman Bay informed U.S. Rep. Bob ...

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Judge throws out lawsuit challenging Nebraska pipeline law

The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. TransCanada Corporation Handout Photo

OMAHA, Neb. — A judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging a Nebraska law that allowed the Nebraska governor to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline route through the state. Holt County District Judge Mark Kozisek tossed the lawsuit on Friday, agreeing with the pipeline company’s argument that the issue was rendered moot by TransCanada’s decision to abandon plans ...

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