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Canadian wildfire haze can make us thankful

There is an aphorism which tells us that we do not appreciate what we have until it is gone. Over the last couple of weeks we North Dakotans, forced to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence through a smoky haze blown down from Canadian wildfires, were left appreciating our state’s normally pristine air quality. That’s because it disappeared on ...

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Editorial: Transparency questions surround BP deal

We’re pleased this phase of the BP oil disaster is behind us. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood were on the Coast on Thursday to announce they were bringing to the state about $1.5 billion of the latest $18.7 billion settlement with the energy giant. We think Mississippi should have received more than 8 percent of the ...

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Tanker arrivals create volatility in U.S. oil stocks: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – U.S. crude stocks unexpectedly rose by almost 2.4 million barrels last week, breaking a run of eight consecutive weekly declines and sending oil prices sharply lower. But did the market overreact when the stock numbers were released on Wednesday – misinterpreting normal week-to-week variability in ...

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Editorial: COGA should take long view

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association may be right on the legalities as it tries to force Broomfield to surrender or spend taxpayer money to defend a five-year fracking moratorium approved by voters in 2013, but it’s wrong on the public relations. For one thing, COGA doesn’t need another fracking case winding its way slowly through the state legal system. ...

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Delek Drilling chairman: Gas has become a political football

natural gas

In the gas monopoly’s first response to the plan for the gas industry, which was unveiled this week, Delek Drilling Limited Partnership (TASE: DEDR.L) chairman and Avner Oil and Gas LP (TASE: AVNR.L) CEO Gideon Tadmor today said that the opposition to the gas plan was the result of demagogy and driven by lies spread in the media. Tadmor was ...

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Oil prices settle into new equilibrium: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Benchmark crude oil prices have barely moved for more than two months, implying the market has found a temporary equilibrium after the enormous price shock in the second half of 2014 and early 2015. Over the last 30 trading days, the range ...

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U.S. Supreme Court fires warning shot across EPA’s bow: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – In a rare defeat for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered it on Monday to reconsider whether the EPA’s regulations on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants are appropriate and necessary. While the EPA considered the costs and benefits ...

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Editorial: Researchers go

fracking plant

Studies have consistently shown that not all studies are created equal. Questions on how a study is done, its scope and, of course, who conducted it, all factor into lending credence or casting doubt on such work. Not to mention the findings of most research these days is not only subject to peer reviews but also evaluations that smack of ...

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Editorial: Public deserves more information on drilling-related health complaints


The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s own documents show the agency is falling down on the job when it comes to fracking-related health complaints. Department officials should take this seriously, since it’s their duty to protect the public health. A recent Associated Press report shows the department gave little attention to some 87 separate complaints from residents and workers who feared ...

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