User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
Category: Oil Exploration
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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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U.N. peacekeepers held in Golan Heights 28.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
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A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria 28.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
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Islamic State extremists rooted in Syria, home to the group's declared capital and power base 28.8.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Lafayette’s fracking ban tossed 28.8.2014 Durango Herald
BOULDER – Colorado’s gas and oil industry has again won another court battle against a town that banned or limited fracking.A Boulder District Court judge on Wednesday tossed out a voter-approved fracking ban in Lafayette. The ban was adopted last year.The Colorado Oil & Gas Association challenged the fracking...
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Russian armor attacking Ukrainian towns on new front, Kiev says 28.8.2014 L.A. Times - World News
Russian armored vehicles have thundered into southern Ukraine and fired on the strategic town of Novoazovsk as the 5-month-old separatist battle broke open a new front, officials in Kiev said Wednesday.
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Fracking rules to become public Friday 27.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Business
The rules could be approved as early as next month, opening the door to oil and gas drillers to apply for permits to begin drilling the state's shale rock in search of oil reserves. The rules could be approved as early as next month, opening the door to oil and gas drillers to apply for permits to begin drilling the state's shale rock in search of oil ...
Alaska voters reject repeal of 2013 petroleum production tax; 'No' votes take decisive lead 27.8.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
Santa Barbara offshore drilling ban fails 27.8.2014 LA Times: Business
Legislation to slap a permanent ban on oil drilling in state waters off Santa Barbara died in the Assembly on Tuesday evening.
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Shell to sell Nigeria oilfields for $5bn 27.8.2014 Financial Times: Energy
The price tag for four Nigerian oilfields owned by a Shell-led consortium has doubled since the end of last year as majors retreat from the country
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Whisky's worries mirror economic fears in Scotland 26.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly.
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Whisky's worries mirror economic fears in Scotland 26.8.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly.
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Libya needs help to defeat Islamist militias, says foreign minister 26.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Foreign minister Mohamed Abdel Aziz warns against factions 'who are now stronger than the government itself' Libya needs foreign help to defeat an alliance of Islamist militias who seized the Libyan capital on Sunday, announcing a breakaway regime, and who are "now stronger than the government itself", the country's foreign minister has warned the Guardian. Mohamed Abdel Aziz stressed he was not calling for direct foreign military intervention. But he said Libya's government, which has fled to the eastern city of Tobruk, is now unable to safeguard key state institutions by itself, and called for "arms and any other equipment that could ensure the possibility of protecting our strategic sites, our oil fields, our airports" against militias "who are now stronger than the government itself, and who do now possess arms even more sophisticated than the government ...
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Labour attempts to strengthen regulation of UK fracking industry 25.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Opposition party to table amendments to Lords infrastructure bill that would tighten rules for companies drilling for shale gas

The Labour party believes the rules covering fracking or hydraulic fracturing for gas are not tight enough and will attempt to strengthen regulation of the controversial drilling method by tabling a series of amendments to the infrastructure bill in the House of Lords on Tuesday.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) says there are adequate safeguards covering drilling for shale gas under existing rules or voluntary agreements. However, Tom Greatrex, the shadow energy minister, believes current agreements do not go far enough.

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Leonardo DiCaprio slammed over a documentary 25.8.2014 New Kerala: World News
Los Angeles, Aug 25 : Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been slammed by oil industry bosses in Canada over an upcoming documentary.
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India examining Vietnam's South China Sea oil blocks offer 25.8.2014 New Kerala: World News
By Ranjana Narayan, Hanoi, Aug 25 : Vietnam Monday made a strong pitch for greater Indian involvement in maintaining maritime safety and security and settlement of territorial disputes in the disputed South and East China Seas even as India is preparing to expand its oil and gas exploration in the seas claimed by China.
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Blood of a small nation: Whisky's worries mirror economic concerns over Scottish independence 25.8.2014 Star Tribune: World
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