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Tech companies seeing big success in oil and gas

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By Jason Spiess Technology has played a pivotal role in launching the current shale revolution in Western North Dakota and across the country.  So much so, many energy experts initially were calling it a technology boom rather than a shale or oil boom. It was the late-George Mitchell’s innovations with hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that laid the groundwork for ...

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Skidmore solar plan given the OK

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GREENFIELD — Skidmore College’s contentious plan to build a giant solar array received the go-ahead from the Town Board Thursday night, despite local opposition that it would mar the mostly rural character of the town’s Denton Road corridor. Town Board members approved the college’s plan for a two-megawatt solar power system on its 120-acre field in a 4-to-1 vote. In ...

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Natural gas report indicated hidden environmental risks

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — There could be hidden environmental impacts of replacing coal with natural gas, a new report says. While burning shale gas instead of coal in power plants releases less than half the greenhouse gas emissions than coal, the shale boom also has set into motion additional sources of pollution, the report says. Released Thursday by the Environmental Integrity ...

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US giving 30 year permit to wind farms for eagle deaths

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White House offers new 30-year permits for killing eagles under plan to spur wind industry WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences. The change, ...

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New energy plan set forth by New England governors

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday announced that he and the five other New England governors have committed to a new plan for a cooperative, regional energy infrastructure. The goal of the agreement is “affordable, cleaner and reliable power for homes and businesses across the Northeast.” Among other things, the statements from each governor point to a fledgling ...

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Austin, TX ranks first nationally for jobs, Charleston 11th

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AUSTIN, TX – In addition to increased tax revenue and jobs, a robust local oil and gas industry has helped bring national recognition to the area. The Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Weld County, cracked the top 10 for large cities in the recent Best-Performing Cities index, released annually by the Milken Institute, ranking cities on how ...

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Fracking struggles with low temps in North Dakota

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DICKINSON, ND – Even booming Bakken oil production can’t stand up to North Dakota’s crippling winters. By hindering transportation to wells and slowing the hydraulic fracturing process, severe winter weather slows production. The No. 1 cause of the slowdown in winter months is difficulties for fracking, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said. Ice and snow make ...

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Texas is tax credit king of wind

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HOUSTON TX – Texas wind power producers earned far more money from a federal tax credit than taxpayers in the state paid to fund the renewable energy policy, according to a study by the Institute for Energy Research released this week. Texas is the nation’s largest wind power producer. The money earned in Texas from the wind production tax credit ...

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Marathon Petroleum to build liquids pipeline from Utica shale to its Canton refinery

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Marathon Petroleum Corp. is proceeding with a new 49-mile pipeline from the Utica shale in eastern Ohio to its Stark County refinery. The company discussed the $140 million pipeline to transport shale liquids on Wednesday in a conference call with financial analysts. The Cornerstone Pipeline, as it is being called, will run from Harrison and Carroll counties west to the ...

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Marathon to build liquids pipeline from Utica shale

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AKRON, OH – Marathon Petroleum Corp. is proceeding with a new 49-mile pipeline from the Utica shale in eastern Ohio to its Stark County refinery. The company discussed the $140 million pipeline to transport shale liquids on Wednesday in a conference call with financial analysts. The Cornerstone Pipeline, as it is being called, will run from Harrison and Carroll counties ...

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