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Buffalo Township seeks natural gas proposals

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Buffalo Township plans to seek proposals from gas companies interested in leasing natural gas rights under the Butler-Freeport Community Trail and other parcels. Tracts available for lease along the 22-mile trail were broken up by trail head so that companies could lease what is ideal for their current operations, said Supervisor John Haven. The other parcels include the former Oregon ...

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Natural Energy

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RAYMONDVILLE — Willacy County officials are counting on new drilling to help spark oil and gas production that has steadily declined for decades, County Judge John F. Gonzales Jr. said Wednesday. The Texas Railroad Commission has approved the highest number of drilling permits since 2010, state records show. “I know this year will be drastically different because of the development,” ...

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Festival yanks pro-fracking documentary; will show films critical of industry

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A Minnesota film festival is being accused of pushing a political agenda by yanking a pro-fracking documentary from its lineup while keeping two anti-fracking films on the program. Organizers of the Frozen River Film Festival in Winona, Minn., decided last week to cut “FrackNation,” a widely discussed 2013 documentary about hydraulic fracturing, reportedly citing concerns about the film’s financial links ...

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Huntley & Huntley, Range Resources not deterred by slowdown in talks on drilling for gas at Deer Lakes Park

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Negotiations over a proposal to drill for natural gas under Allegheny County’s Deer Lakes Park have slowed but are not in danger of falling apart, a gas company official said. Michael Hillebrand, executive vice president of Huntley & Huntley, said the process has “bogged down” though not because of demands the county made. He would not offer more details about ...

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Corbett woos energy sector, seeks to draw firms, investors

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The audience for the state energy plan that Gov. Tom Corbett issued Tuesday is “business decision-makers,” specifically those who don’t live in Pennsylvania but might be looking to bring companies here. The Republican governor titled the 82-page document “Energy=Jobs” and imbued it with the strong message that Pennsylvania is open for business. It’s not a plan in the conventional sense; ...

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Idea from past may help train engines of future

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The beginnings of what could be a rail fuel revolution are unfolding at a plant on the outskirts of Houston, where a company is building tender cars to fuel locomotives with natural gas. BNSF Railway and Canadian National Railway have said they’re testing modernized tender cars — throwbacks to an earlier era when coal tender cars trailed steam locomotives. India-based ...

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Overwhelming Majority of North Dakotans Favor Oil and Gas Development

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The North Dakota Petroleum Council Bismarck, N.D. – Four of five North Dakotans statewide favor oil and gas development, according to a survey commissioned by the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC). The survey also found that 73 percent of North Dakotans agree benefits of oil and gas development outweigh the risks and that 83 percent believe oil and gas production ...

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Baker Hughes announces cuts

Baker Hughes will lay off 7,000 workers by the end of March, a move expected to impact the Permian Basin as low oil prices pressure the labor-intensive oilfield services sector to scale back. Baker Hughes officials did not reveal how many of those cuts will be in the Permian Basin. “This is really the crappy part of the job, and ...

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IP pipeline project advances

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TICONDEROGA — International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill is one step closer to getting a natural-gas pipeline from Vermont to power its operations. Vermont state regulators recently approved the first phase of a proposed 43-mile-long natural-gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury, Vt. Phase II would extend it another 11 miles, in part under Lake Champlain, to the Ticonderoga paper mill. IP would ...

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A year with no cows – Plainview recovering as anniversary nears of Cargill closure

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Cows are gone, but wind is coming. As the anniversary approaches of the closure of its top employer, Plainview remains on the road to recovery, with economic indicators and residents showing signs of recovery. Cargill Meat Solutions permanently closed its doors in late January 2013, laying off about 2,200 employees. With nearly 10 percent of the town’s population suddenly jobless, ...

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