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North Dakota rigs slip below 60 for first time since 2009

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of drill rigs in North Dakota slid below 60 on Monday for the first time since 2009 as crude prices tumble and companies focus on richer portions of the state’s oil patch. State Department of Mineral Resources data show 59 rigs were operating Monday in western North Dakota’s oil-producing region, down from 171 rigs ...

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Board mulls gas drilling restrictions near Deep Creek Lake

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — The Garrett County Commissioners are considering a Deep Creek Lake watershed management plan that would restrict drilling for natural gas in the resort area. The plan is up for discussion at Monday’s board meeting. The plan was drafted in 2014. It would prohibit wellheads on 41,000 acres around the lake. Some of that acreage overlies part ...

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2015 was a roller coaster ride for energy

It has been a rough-and-tumble ride for the oil and gas industry in 2015 as prices have continued to search for their “bottom” all year. Even as the New Year looms, prices are sitting around $37 a barrel, their lowest spot since the Great Recession of 2009, according to the DailyFX Market News and Analysis website. Oversupply has wracked oil ...

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Colorado fracking opponents prepare to go to the ballot

Just off Interstate Highway 25, Drill Rig 1548 of Encana Natural Gas stands near homes in the town of Frederick in Weld County, Colorado. (Image: MileHighTraveler via iStockPhoto)

DENVER — Opponents of fracking in Colorado are preparing to go to the ballot to either ban the practice or keep it away from homes and schools. Members of a Boulder County-based citizens group submitted paperwork Tuesday for 11 potential ballot questions. The Denver Post reports that most are focused on increasing the distance between oil and gas wells and ...

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Derailments more dangerous, but no increase in inspectors

Months before a CSX train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Mount Carbon, W.Va., polluting the air and water and forcing more than 1,100 people from their homes, inspectors missed a problem with the track there. Inspection reports compiled by a railroad contractor and CSX showed evidence of the defect, but the track wasn’t repaired or replaced. In fact, ...

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Estero goes frack free

Estero is a “frack free zone.” The village council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that prohibits hydraulic and acid fracturing, known as fracking, which use chemicals to dissolve rock below the ground. Councilor Don Brown was absent due to medical reasons. By doing so, Estero has joined the city of Bonita Springs in banning an oil drilling and exploration method ...

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Texas consultant integrates fraccing with wireline logging

Bob Barba knows how to get the most value from bringing logs and fracs together. The principal consultant with Integrated Energy Services spent the first 10 years of his career with Schlumberger as an openhole field engineer, sales engineer, and product development manager. While at Schlumberger, he was the North American product champion for the FracHite and Quantifrac products that ...

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Virginia groups want stronger safeguards on fracking

RICHMOND, Va. — Environmental and public interest groups are urging officials to halt any new fracking efforts in Virginia until they complete a thorough review of the state’s standards. The groups say Virginia’s current safeguards on fracking are inadequate and outdated. They’re urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to conduct a comprehensive review before approving any new permits for oil and gas ...

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Groups appeal suspension of federal oil, gas drilling rules

A Concho Resources drilling rig operates in New Mexico's Permian Basin. (Image courtesy of Concho Resources)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Environmental groups have appealed a judge’s decision to suspend new rules for oil and gas drilling on federal land across the U.S. pending the outcome of a legal challenge to those rules. The rules should be allowed to take effect to protect land, water and wildlife from practices including hydraulic fracturing, the Sierra Club and others argue ...

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California governor in Paris to push pact to curb emissions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to the U.N. Climate Change conference, which opens Monday, where he will promote the state’s efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and urge other states and provinces to sign on to his climate pact. So far, 57 jurisdictions from 19 countries have added their signatures to a memorandum promising to reduce ...

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