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Study finds few Americans understand fracking

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Hydraulic fracturing is the well completion technique behind the national oil and gas boom. It is controversial. But few Americans understand what it is, and even still, that understanding is poorly informed by what life is actually like in a boomtown, according to a recent survey by researchers at Oregon State, George Mason and Yale universities. The study surveyed 1,061 ...

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Greeley frac job tour for UNC students changes some minds

UNC gate

Amid the continued controversial topic of fracking, a University of Northern Colorado professor decided this fall that if her students were going to be for or against something, they should know what they’re talking about. It was time, in the energy unit of her Human Behavior and the Environment class, to learn a little more about the oil and gas ...

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State regulators not finished with rules for drillers

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More than 331 shale wells have been drilled in Ohio since a state law was enacted in 2012 that requires the state to create rules to govern how these fracking sites should be built. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans to propose draft rules in the coming weeks to set standards for the sites that drilling companies are clearing, ...

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Pa. key player in U.S. energy renaissance

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Government regulations and the rivalry between coal and natural gas will continue to dominate the nation’s energy picture in 2014, and Pennsylvania remains key to production, experts say. Analysts expect an improving economy will boost demand for electricity and oil. That oil increasingly will come from domestic sources, which could further improve the economy, while utilities rely more on natural ...

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Make drilling tax break permanent, House Speaker T.W. Shannon says

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon wants to make permanent a $175 million a year tax break for horizontal oil and gas drilling operations, he said Friday. “Some have suggested we should raise this tax or allow it to expire in order to bring more money into the general fund and grow government,” Shannon, R-Lawton, said. “I don’t ...

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Rising natural gas prices does not portend a spike in the industry, say officials

Ice forming

FARMINGTON — Along with the unusually bitter cold temperatures that descended on the country this as winter approaches came a significant spike in natural gas prices, leaving some to speculate whether things might be starting to look up for natural gas development. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, this week’s gas prices reached a high of $4.44 per million ...

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If you oppose pipelines, you support train derailments

oil pipeline

By: Rob Port Between the Christmas and New Year holidays North Dakota got a wake-up call. Two trains, one carrying crude oil from the Bakken oil fields, collided near Casselton resulting in massive explosions and mushroom clouds. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but the potential for tragedy was there. If the derailment had happened in Casselton, instead of outside it, or ...

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Yemen army fights tribesmen for blocking oil pipeline repairs

Yemen

Jan 3 (Reuters) – Yemeni troops clashed with armed tribesmen blocking repairs to the country’s main oil pipeline on Friday and one army officer and a tribal fighter were killed, a local official said. Tribesmen bombed Yemen’s main oil pipeline in Maarib province last month, halting oil flows to the Ras Isa oil terminal on the Red Sea. “Armed tribesmen prevented repair teams from fixing ...

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London Energy Firm Buys Hansen Biogas Facility for $2.9 Million

cattle for energy

HANSEN, Idaho — Camco Clean Energy was dreaming of a brown Christmas, and two days before the holiday, the London-based sustainable energy developer bought a $2.9 million biogas plant in Hansen that converts dung into electricity. In all, five biogas facilities in the Magic Valley convert manure from at least 10,000 cows into electricity, and they sell that energy only ...

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Iran suspends gas supply to government offices

Iran flag

Iran has suspended gas supply to some government offices in last two days, Mehr news agency reported on Jan. 3. Gas supply to industry has also been limited, while domestic gas consumption has reached a critical level due to the severe cold season. The country’s domestic and commercial units’ total gas consumption surpassed 482 million cubic meters per day in ...

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