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Many energy companies ignore survey on minorities

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s natural gas producers have largely ignored a state law requiring efforts to include minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses in contracting opportunities. Last year, fewer than a third of the state’s gas operators replied to a legally-mandated survey asking them to document their use of small diverse businesses. Among the companies that did reply, about half said ...

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Major oil & gas firm to list drilling chemicals

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a major shift; it’s unclear if other firms will follow suit. Environmental and health groups have criticized the industry ...

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Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

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By Joan Lowy, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re needed and if so, who should pay. The Transportation Department, worried about the potential for catastrophic ...

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Valley fracking opponents take aim at ODNR

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YOUNGSTOWN — Fracking opponents on Wednesday criticized the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for not providing more information from an investigation that found a “probable” connection between fracking and a rash of earthquakes in Poland Township. On April 11, the state agency responsible for regulating Ohio’s oil and gas industry released a statement that identified the link and announced new ...

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TCEQ finds air emissions from oil, gas


Corey Paul for the Odessa American State environmental regulators found that roughly one in 20 tanks used in the oil and gas industry in and around Ector County emitted volatile organic compounds, according to recent data released by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The findings stemmed from a flyover of West Texas counties last summer by a helicopter equipped ...

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Higher drilling fines approved by Colorado House

DENVER (AP) — A bill to increase fines on the oil and gas industry is on its way to the Colorado Senate after the state House gave it final approval Monday. The bill hikes maximum fines from $1,000 a day to $15,000 a day for companies that violate Colorado regulations. The House approved the measure 40-22. A similar fines bill failed ...

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Chemical-free water treating reactor debuts at Midland Energy Expo


As Permian Basin oil and gas operators increasingly turn to recycling and reusing produced and flowback water in hydraulic fracturing operations, they seek technology that is simple, efficient and economic. Hoping to heed that call, Extra Energy Solutions showcased the AquaMost SX Reactor this week at the inaugural Midland Energy Expo, held at the Midland Horseshoe Arena. “This unit is ...

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Methane emission levels by shale natural gas drillers disputed by EPA, researchers


Increased regulations and improvements in the natural gas industry continue to drive a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the federal government said Tuesday, although a study shows regulators might be missing some measurements. The Environmental Protection Agency issued its annual inventory of greenhouse gases along with five technical papers aimed at reducing methane releases by the oil and gas industry. ...

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Energy forums prepare students for industry jobs post-graduation


CANONSBURG — Still a senior at the Western Area Career and Technology Center, 18-year-old Haylee Vujanovich already has multiple job offers. And she already works for Perryman Co. in Houston, Washington County, making medical implants. “I’ve had about five-10 job offers since my junior year,” the machine shop program student told a crowd of legislators, educators and industry professionals Friday ...

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