User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
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Judge: Oil field work caused Weld County man’s death 30.7.2015 Durango Herald
LOVELAND, – A judge’s decision that the death of a Weld County oil and gas worker was caused by exposure to hydrocarbons could have major implications for the industry.Federal health officials are taking a closer look at the dangers of “tank gauging,” the practice of measuring oil levels after opening a tank...
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Dick Bass dies at 85; Texas oilman was first to scale 'seven summits' 30.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Dick Bass, a poetry-spouting Texas oilman who was the first climber to scale the highest peak on each of the seven continents and for a time was the oldest to top Mt. Everest, has died. He was 85.
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Drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea isn't worth the risk 30.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The Obama administration is being at least somewhat more cautious this time around in allowing Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. The company must keep its drills from reaching the oil reserves until it has the equipment in place that can shut down a well in case...
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Trump campaign's rape comments revive toxic subject 29.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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Activists rappel off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker 29.7.2015 AP Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- More than a dozen activists rappelled off the St. Johns Bridge in an effort to stop a Shell Oil Arctic icebreaker from leaving Portland....
Activists hang from bridge in Portland to block Shell's Arctic vessel 29.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Greenpeace climbers plan to spend days hanging from the bridge in Portland, Oregon in an attempt to hinder Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans

A group of environmental activists have rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon, in a bid to block a key vessel in Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet leaving the city’s port.

Greenpeace said that 13 of its climbers were hanging off St Johns bridge and had enough supplies to last days in their attempt to hinder Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, with another 13 people assisting them.

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Colorado judge awards benefits from Weld County oil patch death 29.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Jim Freemyer's widow never believed her husband's poor health abruptly killed him last summer, but, rather, what he encountered while working the Weld County oil ...
Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet 28.7.2015 NPR News
U.S. commodities — copper, corn, coal and more — are cheaper because of China's economic cooling. Producers got caught up in China's "teaser" demand for more of everything. It couldn't last.
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Suspect arrested in USD 91 mn bank fraud in Mexico 28.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
Mexico City, July 28 : A suspect has been arrested for defrauding the National Public Works and Services Bank (Banobras), of more than USD 91 million, the Mexican attorney general's office said.
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What’s behind Beijing’s drive to control the South China Sea? | Howard W French 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
China’s startling attempt to assert control over vast waters has alarmed nearby countries and escalated tensions with the US. Howard W French reports from Hainan, the island at the heart of Xi Jinping’s expansionist ambitions On 26 May, CNN broadcast an unusual clip of a US navy intelligence flight over the South China Sea. The P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane – one of the newest weapons in the Pentagon’s arsenal – had taken off, with a CNN reporter on board, from Clark airbase in the Philippines, once part of America’s largest overseas base complex during the cold war. After about 45 minutes, the plane reached its first target – which had, until recently, been an obscure, almost entirely submerged feature in the Spratly Island group. Fifteen thousand feet below, dozens of Chinese ships tossed at anchor. Their crews had been working day and night for weeks, dredging sand and rock from the ocean floor to fill in a stunning blue lagoon – turning a 3.7-mile-long reef that had only partially revealed itself ...
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Underwater welding: the allure of a niche job 28.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Underwater welding is not for everyone. There are only about 3,000 people in the United States with the highest level of international certifications, and only two places to achieve it. The oldest is the Divers Institute of Technology on North Lake Union, founded in 1968. The other is in Florida. Instructor Jim Bernacki says, “It’s […]
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Hillary Clinton wants to fight climate change with half a billion solar panels 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination promises to save Americans money and to free them from monthly electricity bills

Barack Obama ran for president promising to save the planet. Hillary Clinton is promising to help people save money on their electricity bills.

In the first big reveal of her climate change policy, Clinton said she would install half a billion new solar panels by the end of her first term in the White House, and generate enough renewable energy to power every home in the country 10 years after her inauguration.

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The palm oil company at the centre of a bitter land rights struggle in Cameroon 27.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Local residents complain expansion plans by Socapalm, Cameroon’s biggest palm oil company, will take over land that belongs to them In pictures: Life in and around a palm oil plantation in Cameroon With precise, hard strikes a man cuts the branches of the short palm trees. Amid all the other tropical plants growing wildly around and into each other, the branches are hard to see at first sight. Easier to spot is the boundary of the man’s field, a wall of giant palm trees a few metres away. “This is all Socapalm”, says Emmanuel Elong, aged 46, as he looks up and wipes the river of sweat off his face. We are not far from Mbonjo II, one of the villages inside the Dibombari region, in west Cameroon that is also a concession area of the private oil palm company Socapalm. Currently the country’s biggest producer, Socapalm is trying to further expand production and help Cameroon become a net exporter of palm ...
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Local environmental activists don't get to make federal policy 27.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
When President Obama recently approved Shell's request to drill in the Arctic, anti-fossil-fuel activists lobbied the Port of Seattle to deny docking rights to the oil giant's Alaska-bound rig. That effort failed. Then activists persuaded Washington State's King County to refuse the company a wastewater-discharge...
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How to solve your Trump problem: An open letter to the GOP candidates 27.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
How to solve your Trump problem: An open letter to the GOP candidates
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Hillary Clinton unveils climate change policy 27.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to position herself as a crusader against climate change Sunday by unveiling some robust goals, even as she continued to avoid some of the more contentious battles around global ...
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China turns to ‘picking quarrels’ law to silence Internet speech 27.7.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
The increasing use of a law to police online speech, which appears to have become more common in recent months, is a piece of President Xi Jinping’s strategy to deploy the legal code to silence dissent and clamp down on civil society.
Hillary Clinton unveils climate change policy 27.7.2015 LA Times: Nation
Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to position herself as a crusader against climate change Sunday by unveiling some robust goals, even as she continued to avoid some of the more contentious battles around global warming.
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Hookah blamed for May Fort Collins apartment fire 26.7.2015 Denver Post: Local
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Fire investigators say that a misplaced hookah is to blame for a devastating Fort Collins apartment fire earlier this ...
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More Layoffs Expected at U.S. Energy Firms 26.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
U.S. energy companies are planning more layoffs, asset sales and financial maneuvers to deal with a recent, sudden drop in U.S. crude-oil prices to under $50 a barrel, the lowest level in four months.
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