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Environmental group calls out Pennsylvania drilling study

BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) — An environmental group is calling out a Pennsylvania regulator’s study that found radiation levels in oil and gas industry wastewater and byproducts showed little potential for radiation exposure. The January study by the state Department of Environmental Protection began after questions arose about the radioactivity in the huge volumes of wastewater and solid waste coming out ...

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Shale gas hit a few peaks in 2015, but drillers mostly pulled back

Shale gas companies pumped the brakes in 2015 after years of rapid increases in the amount of natural gas they pulled from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus and Utica shales, new production data released by the state shows. Unconventional gas production in Pennsylvania this year hit its highest point in March then dipped to its lowest point in June during a three-month slide, ...

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California gas prices rise despite national trend

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Partial shutdowns at two California refineries and a drop in imports of refined gasoline and gasoline ingredients are causing prices at the pump to climb in California just before the holidays. And that’s despite a sharp drop in oil prices to multiyear lows. On Monday, the average price of gas in Orange County was $2.869 a gallon, almost 14 cents ...

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Florida counties have different plans for oil spill funds

PENSACOLA, Fla. — More than five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and sending more than 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a portion of the billions of dollars in settlement money with oil giant BP and others is slowly starting to reach 23 Florida counties. ...

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Bakken oil drilling declines, but jobs and pay remain firm

Last year, when low oil prices cut North Dakota’s Bakken drilling in half, things in Montana really didn’t look much different. It turned out the Treasure State really didn’t have much wealth beneath it anyway, at least none that could be tapped as easily as the oil beneath North Dakota. The number of rigs in North Dakota slid from roughly ...

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In North Dakota, donations slip as oil slides

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Thousands of layoffs from the oil industry’s slide have taken a toll on donations in western North Dakota’s oil patch, just as charities say their need is increasing. Donations to the Salvation Army were down by more than 60 percent in Williston, in the heart of oil country, as of mid-December. And energy companies that used ...

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Injection wells spur concerns in Athens County

COOLVILLE, Ohio — Five months ago, Felicia Mettler had never heard the term injection well. She didn’t know what one was or what it held. She didn’t know what an injection well looked like. She lives with her husband and children in a wood-frame house in a rural part of Athens County near the Hocking River, and she relishes the ...

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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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