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N.Y. emergency responders warned to stay away from burning oil trains

The New York Office of Fire Prevention and Control is insisting that emergency responders stay away from burning oil trains if no human lives are at stake and if there are more than three containers on fire, according to a report by Capital. Both the U.S. and Canadian governments have found that the DOT-111, the tanker car most commonly used ...

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Elk population thrives despite oil boom

Despite booming production in the Marcellus shale formation and concerns of its environmental impact, Pennsylvania wildlife officials say the state’s elk population continues to thrive, reports The Bradford Era. Since 2008, when drilling activity increased, Pennsylvania’s elk population has almost doubled. The population has risen from around 500 to more than 880 and is continuing to increase. Pennsylvania Game Commission ...

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Dropping oil prices may hit U.S. fracking firms hard

fracking plant

North American crude is expensive to pump, and the falling oil prices will only make production more difficult.  In the past four weeks, oil prices across the globe have fallen about eight percent.  The U.S. price per barrel closed at $85.77, the lowest it has been since December 2012. According to a recent report by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., $90 ...

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Texas oil may be looking at stricter laws and regulations

ban against fracking

Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas production, adding billions in tax revenue and creating three-quarters of the U.S.’s new industry jobs, according to the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO). Yet, all of this could be at risk due to environmental groups and federal agencies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is threatening new rules ...

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Mississippi rig accident ends in worker’s death

A 22-year-old man died this week following an accident on an oil rig in southern Mississippi, reports the Associated Press. Chase D. Curtice was struck by a pipe on Monday night around 9:30 p.m. while working a rig near Brookhaven. Lincoln County Coroner Clay McMorris said that Curtice was pronounced dead upon arriving at King’s Daughters Medical Center. An autopsy ...

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Oil and gas job openings increase in Texas

pump jack

The San Antonio Business Journal recently reported that in the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association’s “State of Energy Report”, Texas increased its oil and gas employment by 23,100 in 2013. The job total for the sector is now at 411,600.  Texas alone accounted for 75 percent of new U.S. jobs in the industry last year. The state leads ...

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Aurora, CO residents frustrated with residential well-sites

The city of Aurora, Colorado is mulling over changing its regulations governing oil and gas operations within city limits after receiving multiple resident complaints, according to a report by niobraranews.net. The resident complaints claim that too many waivers are being given to well operator ConocoPhillips, which currently operates six well pad sites within the city. However, ConocoPhillips has applied for ...

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Demand for sand rapidly rising

sand truck

Sand, a key ingredient used in fracking, could be seeing a dramatic rise in demand after engineers discovered less than half the sand being used was producing oil, according to a report by dailywealth.com. According to the report, only about 40 percent of sand being used in the fracking process is producing oil. Engineers say if companies use more sand ...

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Port of Alexandria biorefinery to receive $91 million from USDA

Cool Planet Energy Systems has obtained a massive funding guarantee for its Louisiana biorefinery. Cool Planet, operated by Greenwood Village, has secured a $91 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to Cathy Proctor for the Denver Business Journal.  The loan, assured through Silicon Valley Bank, will be utilized to finish the bio-refinery being constructed in ...

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