User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
Category: Oil Exploration
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Troubled California oil field regulator faces major overhaul 26.8.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
California’s embattled oil field regulatory agency will undergo a sweeping overhaul following revelations that the office for years let petroleum companies dump their waste water into federally protected aquifers. The state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources will reorganize its staff into teams focused on specific technical areas, such as hydraulic fracturing or wastewater disposal. The division has come under intense criticism this year for allowing oil companies to drill hundreds of wastewater disposal wells into aquifers that could have been used for drinking or irrigation — groundwater that was supposed to be protected under federal law. Legislators complained that the office had been oblivious to the widespread use and potential pitfalls of fracking in the state, at a time when the drought made protecting groundwater a higher priority than ever before. An organization chart provided by the division shows teams specializing in underground injection wells, well-stimulation techniques, ...
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Seattle company pulls in $33M to create longer-lasting metal 25.8.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Modumetal raised a $33.5 million financing round to manufacture a metal that can last longer than steel and aluminum.
Is a tough presidential decision ahead? 25.8.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is the man in the middle, caught between the White House aspirations of two of his closest advisers: Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For months, White House officials expected Clinton to be the Democratic nominee in the 2016 election. Some of...
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4 factors help explain stock market tumult 25.8.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Here’s how to make sense of what is a truly global story, stretching from the streets of Shanghai to the hallways of power in the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.
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Are drones becoming a nuisance? 25.8.2015 BBC: Technology
Can technology help keep our skies safe from reckless hobbyists?
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GE Cuts Jobs, Closes Foundry at Lufkin Unit 25.8.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
This year’s slide in oil prices has led to a drop-off in demand for pumping and drilling equipment made by GE’s Lufkin unit.
Is New Orleans in danger of turning into a modern-day Atlantis? 24.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Katrina 10 years on With roughly half the city below sea level and the Louisiana wetlands, which act as a buffer to storms, disappearing at a rate of one football field an hour, what can be done to limit the threat of further devastating floods? In the years before Hurricane Katrina, residents of New Orleans sought solace in the belief that the Crescent City could build itself out of all environmental threats. Despite a sinking urban footprint, a shrinking coastal buffer and rising sea levels, they had faith that strong stormwater infrastructure was enough to keep them safe. The huge, federally built levee system encircling the metropolitan area enshrined that belief. But then, in late August of 2005, the levees failed, allowing Katrina’s storm surge to flood roughly 80% of the city, killing hundreds and damaging 134,000 housing units . The catastrophe shattered faith in the US Army Corps of Engineers, which had designed the levees, and sparked a complete re-evaluation of the region’s flood ...
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Oil Field Workers Keep Dying, and the Feds Want to Know Why 24.8.2015 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Journalism and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The oil boom in North Dakota and elsewhere has helped the US become the world's leading energy provider and has captured the attention of Hollywood producers. It also has claimed the lives of dozens of oil field workers. Now, that fallout from the boom is drawing renewed attention from government scientists. In the largest study of its kind, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which investigates the causes of workplace health problems, said it intends to examine the factors that cause injuries and accidents in the oil fields in an effort to improve safety. Scientists from the institute will distribute questionnaires starting next year to 500 oil field workers in North Dakota, Texas and one other state that will be determined in the coming months. "This is a high-hazard industry, and different states have different levels of ...
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Steamboat briefs: Sundance Film Fest winner screens Tuesday at library 24.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free community screening of “The Overnighters,” winner of the Special Jury Award for Intuitive Documentary Filmmaking at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 in Library Hall. Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to Williston, North Dakota, where the oil business is booming. Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the oil fields, but instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay despite the congregation’s objections and neighbors’ fears. When opposition to the “overnighters” reaches a boiling point, Pastor Jay makes a decision with shattering consequences. A modern-day “Grapes of Wrath,” “The Overnighters” tells an electrifying story about the promise of redemption and the limits of compassion. Visit ...
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Colorado school funding disparities on rise, educators call for change 23.8.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Twenty-six percent of teachers in the school district of Elizabeth, which enrolls slightly more than 2,500 students, left their jobs going into last school year.
Fracking: who’s who in the race to strike it rich in the UK 22.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
Situation is similiar to early days of the US shale boom, says industry expert

In The Frackers, a book about the fracking industry in the US, Gregory Zuckerman tells the story of “new billionaire wildcatters” who made fortunes and went on to use their wealth to shake up Hollywood, education, politics and sport. In the UK, a similar book would present a very different narrative, as local anger and government delays slow the expansion of the industry.

But now, with the award of licences for fracking in 27 locations in England, some of those who have doggedly supported the controversial method of extracting gas from deep beneath the ground are hopeful they are about to embark on the first chapter of a new, more profitable, journey.

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Barrel of U.S. crude drops below $40 22.8.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
The price of oil has fallen for eight consecutive weeks, the longest streak since 1986.
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Vox: The coming drone disaster 21.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
One day, not long ago, as I began to relax on a sparsely populated beach in California, I was startled when a drone came close to me. I'm not alone in sighting recreational drones. They are beginning to dot the skies, and along the way, grounding firefighting aircraft and endangering passenger jetliners.
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1st US tar sands mine set to open for business in Utah 21.8.2015 AP Top News
BOOK CLIFFS, Utah (AP) -- On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum....
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Shell will despoil the Arctic. But Barack Obama is the real villain here | John Vidal 21.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
Historians will wonder why the US president was so willing to compromise his stance on climate change The Arctic sea ice starts about three days’ steaming north of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Small, sporadic floes grow larger, the great Atlantic swells flatten out, the bitter polar winds are stronger and the utter stillness begins. If you can handle the monotony of the vast ice-scape that unfolds, it is possible to navigate a ship with a strong hull and a good lookout nearly to the north pole at this time of year. Three years ago, I got to within a few hundred miles , alongside Greenpeace and a group of international ice researchers. We might have pressed on through the thick sea ice that forms and melts every year, but no one, least of all the scientists, expected that year’s record ice loss , and only a fuel shortage and time forced us ...
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'Both sides are unhappy': Obama's Arctic drilling green light heightens tensions 21.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

State Department official says administration’s stance on oil drilling program continues to spur criticism as Hillary Clinton joins list of opponents

A senior official at the State Department has admitted there is an “obvious tension” between the US’s commitment to combat climate change and its approval of Shell’s oil drilling in the Arctic.

Shell was given the final green light by the Obama administration to drill off the coast of Alaska on Monday. Following the arrival of a key safety vessel, the Fennica, to the Chukchi sea, Shell was allowed to commence its drilling program.

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Charlotte Church adds her voice to Arctic oil protest 21.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Singer will perform outside Shell’s headquarters in London to campaign against the company dilling for Arctic oil and to raise awareness of climate change

She’s performed for the Pope, the Queen and the former president of the United States, but next week Charlotte Church will turn her attention – and her voice – to the employees of the oil giant Shell.

On Wednesday the singer-songwriter and actress will sing a “heartbreaking” song alongside a requiem outside Shell headquarters in London, as its oil exploration vessels gear up to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic. She hopes it will highlight the oil firm’s “nonsensical and exploitative” billion dollar venture under the ice cap and persuade its employees to blow the whistle on the company.

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Next Texas Energy Boom: Solar 21.8.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Companies are spending $1 billion to build solar farms in West Texas that take advantage of the area’s abundant sunshine and network of transmission lines, laying the foundation for a renewable energy boom.
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Brazil's Speaker and a former president face corruption charges 21.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Eduardo Cunha and Fernando Collor pulled into widening scandal connected to the state-run oil company Petrobras

Brazil’s attorney general has filed corruption charges against the Speaker of the lower house of congress and against a senator who was impeached while serving as president in the early 1990s.

The attorney general’s office said the Chamber of Deputies Speaker, Eduardo Cunha, and Senator Fernando Collor had taken part in a sprawling corruption scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, which ran for more than 10 years and in which billions in bribes were allegedly paid.

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Kennedy, public face of solar energy, jumps to new SF venture 20.8.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Kennedy, public face of solar energy, jumps to new SF venture Not content to sing solar power’s praises, he decided to build a business out of it, founding Oakland’s Sungevity in 2007 with two friends. Starting Sept. 1, Kennedy will take the reins as managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), an unusual non-profit that invests in clean-tech companies and looks for ways to advance the industry. The organization was formed in 2004 with $30 million from Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the money given as a condition of the utility’s bankruptcy reorganization plan following the California energy crisis of 2000 and 2001. [...] in 2012, CalCEF teamed with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to launch CalCharge, a consortium of companies and labs working on advanced batteries and energy storage systems. CalCharge aims to make California the center of the storage industry in much the same way that the state has become home to most of America’s biggest solar companies — including Sungevity.
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