User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
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Nevada commission adopts fracking regulations 1.9.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Elko Nev. • A state panel has approved regulations guiding oil and gas exploration companies’ use of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in Nevada. The Commission on Mineral Resources’ unanimous decision Thursday in Elko drew criticism from opponents, who say fracking could lead to water contamination, excessive water consumption and earthquake activity. But supporters say the concerns are exaggerated, and oil and gas development resulting from fracking will provide a boost to Nevada...
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Amid oil and gas boom, Colorado continues role as earthquake lab 31.8.2014 Denver Post: Local
From the living room chair where he sat reading around half past 9 on a May evening, Ron Baker heard the boom and felt his century-old Greeley farmhouse shudder, sending a menagerie of plastic horses toppling from a bedroom ...
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Colorado oil compromise limits voter sway 31.8.2014 Durango Herald
AULT – Jamie Presgrove has watched with trepidation as oil wells encroach on her rural property east of Ault, where pump jacks are becoming new neighbors to Weld County residents accustomed to solitude.In a few weeks, Presgrove’s sweeping views of Longs Peak will be transformed by a not-uncommon sight in Weld County...
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What is the environmental cost of war? 31.8.2014 Guardian: Environment
Trashed landscapes contaminated by depleted uranium or toxic gases. To the eco pragmatist, if you cant halt war, change to green munitions

If you have an ethical dilemma, email Lucy at lucy.siegle@observer.co.uk Continue reading...
Redmond company makes tsunami, quake sensors for Japan 31.8.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Instruments from the Redmond firm Paroscientific are the backbone of Japan’s seafloor-monitoring programs, but aren’t widely used in the Northwest.
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Redmond company makes tsunami, quake sensors for Japan 31.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Instruments from the Redmond firm Paroscientific are the backbone of Japan’s seafloor-monitoring programs, but aren’t widely used in the Northwest.
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Illinois draft altered some fracking rules 30.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Business
In combing through the more than 30,000 comments it received this year on proposed rules for a new fracking industry in the state, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources had its hands ...
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Mexico’s Pemex says production to increase in 2015 30.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Mexico City • Mexico’s state-owned oil company is estimating its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to output this year. Petroleos Mexicanos official Gustavo Hernandez says the upward estimate is based on the company’s plans to re-activate hundreds of matures oil fields and start production in recently discovered reserves. Hernandez said Friday more than a third of the country’s production will come fro...
Mexico's Pemex estimates crude production will increase to 2.4 million bpd in 2015 30.8.2014 Star Tribune: World
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US rig count up 18 in latest week to 1,914; Texas up 12 30.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Gas prices well below last year's Labor Day weekend 30.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
After the holiday weekend comes the time when gas prices traditionally drop to their lowest levels of the year.
Low Gas Prices this Labor Day 30.8.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
If you still need another reason to take a Labor Day road trip, try this on for size: This year’s gas prices are at a three-year low.
Washington state man named as ringleader of Bakken drug ring gets 20 years prison 30.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
Scottish independence: my way and the highway 29.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Scotland's longest A-road runs through the towns, villages and glens that have defined the country. On the eve of the independence vote, we take a trip along the A9, to hear who's in and who's out My son wanted to know if the toilet he had just been to behind the Peerie cafe in Scrabster, Caithness, where you catch the boat for Orkney was the northernmost one in Britain. I said that I didn't know for sure. It is pretty far north there, but Dunnet Head and Cape Wrath are more so, and anyway, Orkney and Shetland are part of Britain, too. At least until the fallout from 18 September, and until Orkney and Shetland decide to give up on Scotland and go their separate ways. Questions of what begins and ends where get fractal the more you look at them much the same as happens with the land. I had never been up that far, either, and I was astonished. I hadn't expected the NorthLink ferry to be so huge and looming. I hadn't expected to see the actual sides of Orkney, lovely juicy red flags of sandstone, only a ...
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Why Coal Is (Still) Worse Than Fracking and Cow Burps 29.8.2014 Mother Jones
Is fracking for natural gas good for the planet? To understand the pitched fight over this question, you first need to realize that for many years, we've been burning huge volumes of coal to get electricity—and coal produces a ton of carbon dioxide, the chief gas behind global warming. Natural gas, by contrast, produces half as much carbon dioxide when it burns, and thus, the fracking boom has been credited with a decline in US greenhouse gas emissions. So far so good, right? Umm, maybe. Recently on our Inquiring Minds podcast, we heard from Anthony Ingraffea , a professor of engineering at Cornell University, who contends that it just isn't that simple. Methane (the main component of natural gas) is also a hard-hitting greenhouse gas, if it somehow finds its way into the atmosphere. And Ingraffea argued that because of high leakage rates of methane from shale gas development, that's exactly what's happening. The trouble is that methane has a much greater " global warming potential " than carbon dioxide, ...
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As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash 29.8.2014 NPR Health Science
The oil giant is paying billions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 spill. But BP refuses to pay business owners hurt by a government drilling moratorium that was put in place after the spill.
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Fracking report clears way for California oil, gas leasing to resume 29.8.2014 LA Times: Environment
The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California following a report released Thursday that found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous.
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Fracking may endanger groundwater in California 29.8.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Fracking for oil in California happens at shallower depths than previously realized and could pose a risk to precious groundwater supplies, according to a federally commissioned report released Thursday. The report found that half of the oil wells fracked in the state lie within 2,000 feet of the surface, close to aquifers. Hydraulic fracturing uses a high-pressure blend of water, sand and chemicals to crack rocks containing oil or natural gas. Those cracks can sometimes extend as far up as 1,969 feet - not far from the surface. Fracking chemicals, some of them toxic, could migrate along the cracks and leach into drinking water, according to the report.
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Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California 29.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
San Francisco • The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing an oil extraction method known as fracking on public land in Monterey County. The study...
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Shell files revised Arctic offshore drilling plan, says no decision has been made for 2015 29.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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