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New landfill coming to North Dakota

North Dakota may be welcoming its 12th landfill in the near future. Chris Kreger, an IHD Environmental representative who is managing the landfill project, said the facility would take drilling cuttings and mud.  It would also collect waste from wells within a 50-mile radius.  Kreger is discussing the project on Monday when his company hosts an informal meeting for the ...

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Passenger trains experiencing major delays due to energy boom

The energy boom responsible for the dramatic spike in rail freight traffic is causing huge headaches for passenger train companies throughout the country, according to the New York Times. In areas like the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and Montana, rail lines are now moving more than a million barrels of oil per day, causing passenger trains—such as Amtrak—to ...

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WPX Energy adds to its portfolio

Oklahoma-based oil and gas producer WPX Energy Inc. is going all-in on a trio of core oil and gas plays in North Dakota, Colorado and New Mexico, according to tulsaworld.com. The firm announced a new five-year strategy today that contains stake in the Williston, Piceance and San Juan basins. The strategy is in place to simplify WPX’s geographic focus and ...

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50-year LEGO-Shell partnership to end

LEGO® has caved to pressure from Greenpeace to discontinue its partnership with Royal Dutch Shell, according to Petro Global News. LEGO® will not be continuing its collaborative work with Shell, a business arrangement that was worth $116 million, marking the end of a half century of cooperation between the two companies. LEGO® CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp expressed that the current ...

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With lower price tag, Pioneer again looking to sell Eagle Ford assets

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Pioneer Natural Resources Co. is seeking buyers for its Eagle Ford assets, report Matthew Monks and Dinesh Nair for Bloomberg. Citigroup Inc. and Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. are working with Pioneer to find buyers for the oil and gas operations in South Texas. Pioneer is looking to sell its assets for anywhere from $4 billion to $4.5 billion. Related: Pioneer Natural ...

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Texas voter ID law denied by a federal judge, deemed “unconstitutional poll tax”

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On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, a delegate of President Obama, ruled that the voter ID law passed by Texas legislators and approved by Gov. Rick Perry (R) took an “unorthodox” approach that knowingly would have an effect on minority voters. The law requires voters to present a government-issued ID before casting a ballot.  Ramos said she found ...

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Ohio researchers developing tech for on-site wastewater treatment

Ohio University researchers have been granted $1.45 million in funding to complete and commercialize an on-site treatment method for wastewater produced by oil and gas operations, according to a report by Columbus Business First. If the project is a success, natural gas drillers operating in the Utica region could become less dependent on underground injection wells. The project is being ...

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Hijacked Vietnamese tanker returned to port

The Vietnamese oil tanker which went missing last week has been recovered. The Sunrise 689 was released by its hijackers, returning to port at 5 p.m. (5 a.m. CST), according to Hilary Whiteman and Euan McKirdy for CNN. All 18 crew members on board were safely aboard the vessel. The ship had been relieved of approximately 2,000 tons of the ...

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Texas and oil are having relationship issues

Oil and gas to Texans is like hot dish to Minnesotans, but now there are issues in the relationship between Texas and oil. On November 4 in Denton, Texas the ban over hydraulic fracturing will be in a referendum.  Oil producers are being challenged by a “grass-roots” campaign run by a home care nurse.  The oil producers are pushing the ...

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BLM reviewing proposed 3D seismic exploration in Wyoming

The Oil and Gas Journal reports that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public input regarding a potential 3D seismic exploration operation in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. The BLM is in the process of completing an environmental assessment of the project and is seeking public comments to identify possible concerns, ideas, issues and alternative options. The bureau’s Rawlins ...

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