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Wyo. energy, ag booming after earlier downturns

CHEYENNE – Numerous sectors of Wyoming’s economy are experiencing marked growth – and even a few records, a report from the state shows. The report from the state’s Economic Analysis Division covers the state’s economy through the second quarter of 2014. It found growth in employment has been happening nearly across the board. All but one sector (government) posted year-over-year ...

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Ebola patient in Dallas has died

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed Ebola patient in the U.S., died this morning. The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, shared in a press release this morning that Duncan succumbed to the virus at 7:51 a.m., saying he fought courageously to overcome the malady. Duncan’s arrival in Texas with the illness has sparked a fervor of preparation for ...

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RKI receives “Restore New Mexico” award

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RKI Explorations & Productions LLC (RKI) was awarded for its efforts to conserve land in the Permian Basin. According to a press release on Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) awarded RKI, based out of Oklahoma, with the “Restore New Mexico” award.  BLM has given the award to companies, individuals, and organizations who work to restore public lands back ...

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Private buyer to acquire $90 million in Gulf Coast assets

A private buyer has purchased a portion of Midstates Petroleum’s southern Louisiana assets for $90 million, according to Petro Global News. The exchange provides the buyer with a net 12,676 acres, both developed and undeveloped, in Beauregard and Calcasieu Parishes. The El Grande pipeline, which traverses 20 miles in the area, was also included in the deal. Related: EnLink to acquire ...

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5 European countries produce nearly all of their electricity with no-carbon sources

As the United States continues to push the boundaries of potential oil and gas extraction, many Europeans nations are pursuing the upper-limits on the cleaner side of the energy spectrum. According to a recent study from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), five European countries now generate more than 90% of their net electricity from no-carbon sources. Since 2012, France, ...

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Wyoming trying to avoid negative reactions to drilling setbacks

Wyoming State Gov. Matt Mead hopes that a proposal to increase the distance between private residences and drilling rigs will decrease opposition to energy development, according to a recent report by the Casper Star-Tribune. Energy production surrounding Cheyenne is increasing and is creating conflicts between the city’s growing population and oil and gas operators. Wyoming’s current regulations require a 350-foot ...

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A safer mobile pond, from factory to frack site

From the factory floor to the on-site product assembly, PCI Manufacturing, a Texas based liquid storage and transport manufacturer, is leading an industry in a charge for increased safety requirements and the minimization of hydraulic fracturing’s residual footprint. The fracking process requires millions of gallons of water to be pumped underground at high pressure. Before that process begins, however, there ...

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Black gold buccaneers: Oil piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

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The frequency of piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea has increased at an alarming rate in recent years. According the United Nations’ 2013 Transnational Organized Crime threat assessment for West Africa, piracy in the Gulf “is a product of the disorder that surrounds the regional oil industry.” Nigeria, which produces well over 2 million barrels of oil per day, ...

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Crop shipments still stranded in North Dakota as oil-by-rail dominates

North Dakota’s economy has traditionally been dominated by agriculture, but rail traffic has been crowded since oil from the Bakken shale has pushed the state’s rails to the limit. Ron Nixon from the New York Times writes: …reports the railroads filed with the federal government show that for the week that ended Aug. 22, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway — ...

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Nanoparticle research could enhance oil recovery, tracking of fracking fluid

A pair of Colorado State University researchers are examining how nanoparticles (engineered particles measuring less than one-billionth of a meter) move underground, giving insight into how fluids travel away from drilling sites and possibly increasing the amount of recoverable resources, according to a recent news release from Colorado State University. William Sanford, associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, and ...

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