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The new Democrats: on board, spineless or bought off?

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Nothing is immune to the oil boom, not even typical political grid lock. With the benefits oil and gas production has brought to many corners of America, it would be political suicide to go against the grain at this point. The Wall Street Journal this week pointed out that a new Democrat is shaping ...

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The sky is not falling! – energy companies can handle a little restraint


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The advent of hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas industry has brought great economic prosperity to the US. Whatever your feelings on the environment, landowners’ rights or government control, this fact is undeniable. In the wake of a recession that crippled the nation’s economic outlook, it makes sense to support one of the ...

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State-mandated scientific study of fracking to be delayed six months

Timm Herdt | Ventura County Star (Camarillo, Calif.) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An independent scientific study mandated by last year’s landmark California law regulating oil industry well-stimulation techniques such as fracking will not be completed by the Jan. 1 deadline established by the law. The Natural Resources Agency, in a memo dated Aug. 1, informed the Legislature the study will instead ...

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EPA wastewater regulations are coming


The Environmental Protection Agency has made headlines this year with its newly-implemented carbon emissions regulations for power plants. The standards are central to President Obama’s second-term clean energy initiatives, and seek to address growing concerns with the changing face of the country’s energy use. Supporters and critics alike have had plenty to say about the plan’s effects on the coal ...

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As U.S. tries to kick coal habit, China picks up the slack

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ As tougher emissions regulations loom on the horizon for U.S. coal-fired power plants, many utility companies are choosing to move away from coal power toward natural gas. While the U.S. coal demand has remained relatively flat, China is expanding its coal-burning capacity at a feverish pace. From Eric Larson at ClimateCentral.org: Coal, the most carbon-intensive of ...

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Some audits bring change in law, policy


Robert Swift | Times-Tribune HARRISBURG — The release of a major audit concerning state regulation of the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on water quality is the latest round in a debate now stretching back a half dozen years. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his agency’s audit of regulatory activities from 2009 to 2012 under two administrations shows the ...

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Pa. auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation


Jason Cato | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Pennsylvania’s regulatory agency in charge of monitoring the Marcellus shale industry and its impact on drinking water fell short in policing operators and keeping the public informed when problems arise, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Tuesday in scathing audit of the Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP’s shortcomings result from a lack of resources, such ...

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Energy lifts US manufacturing, refining sectors

Mary Leschper | Breaking Energy Charts and Maps of America’s Amazing Shale Oil Revolution AEI Carpe Diem Blog: Below are four charts and two maps that help tell the story of America’s Amazing Shale Oil Revolution: 1. The Big Three. Yesterday, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) updated its monthly “Drilling Productivity Report” with new estimates of oil production through August ...

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Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval Wednesday for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules. The Nuclear Regulation Authority accepted a report that found that design upgrades and safety improvements at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Station have ...

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