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Philae ‘sniffs’ organic molecules on comet 19.11.2014 Hindu: News
Scientists confirmed that the European comet lander Philae had 'sniffed' organic molecules on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko containing carbon elements, a basis of life on Earth, before its pri...
Steamboat City Council asked to consider changing pot rules to allow hash oil production company 19.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Less than a year after recreational marijuana stores opened their doors in Steamboat Springs, the Steamboat Springs City Council is getting a request to change its code to give a new marijuana-related business a chance to operate in town. Council member Walter Magill said last week that he wanted the council to discuss whether or not the city's marijuana codes should be revised to allow for a hash oil manufacturing business in the city. Magill told his fellow council members that a prospective operator of such a business approached him and said he or she would look to possibly start the company in Oak Creek if the rules here weren't changed. Magill said the person, who was not identified, was requesting that the city add another type of marijuana license that could be given to production companies that aren't retailers. "I'm not really for or against this at this point," Magill said, adding that he just wanted the council to discuss the request. The council ultimately decided to hold off on discussing ...
Big Oil Can't Wait For the New Republican Majority in Congress 19.11.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It's party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push their agenda on a variety of key issues, including tax reform and immigration. None of their initiatives, however, will have as catastrophic an impact as their coming drive to ensure that fossil fuels will dominate the nation's energy landscape into the distant future, long after climate change has wrecked the planet and ruined the lives of millions of Americans. It's already clear that the new Republican leadership in the Senate will make construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, intended to carry heavy oil (or "tar ...
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Franken and Klobuchar line up against Keystone in tight Senate vote 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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U.S. to limit energy development in George Washington forest in Virginia 19.11.2014 LA Times: Nation
Oil and gas development will be limited in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday in a long-awaited decision over an area that’s home to the headwaters of rivers that provide drinking water for the 4 million people in the Washington,...
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Philae lander detects organic molecules on surface on comet 19.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Spacecraft beams back evidence of carbon and hydrogen that could provide clues about origins of life on Earth

The Philae lander has found organic molecules – which are essential for life – on the surface of the comet where it touched down last week.

The spacecraft managed to beam back evidence of the carbon and hydrogen containing chemicals shortly before it entered hibernation mode to conserve falling power supplies.

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Drilling’s decline 18.11.2014 Durango Herald
The natural-gas industry’s long decline in La Plata County seems to be deepening, with few signs of a turnaround on the horizon.The decline is the result of low prices for natural gas that have discouraged drilling and bustling business in other basins fed by a rush for oil.Colorado’s portion of the San Juan Basin...
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Fracking to be allowed in largest national forest on US east coast 18.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
  • Federal plan permits drilling in George Washington National Forest, Virginia
  • Decision overrides opposition from Virginia’s governor and campaigners

Over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia’s governor, a federal management plan released on Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the east coast.

The US Forest Service originally planned to ban fracking in the 1.1m-acre George Washington National Forest, but energy companies cried foul after a draft of the plan was released in 2011. It would have been the first outright ban on the practice in a national forest.

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Fracking to be permitted in GW National Forest 18.11.2014 AP National
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia's governor, a federal management plan released Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the East Coast....
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Drilling’s decline 18.11.2014 Durango Herald
The natural-gas industry’s long decline in La Plata County seems to be deepening, with few signs of a turnaround on the horizon.The decline is the result of low prices for natural gas that have discouraged drilling and bustling business in other basins fed by a rush for oil.Colorado’s portion of the San Juan Basin...
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Fracking to be permitted in parts of George Washington National Forest under new plan 18.11.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Halliburton, Actavis deals to bring bankers $316M 18.11.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Goldman Sachs and Bank of America will take home most of the $316 million in fees, with roles on both the $34.6 billion purchase of Baker Hughes by Halliburton and the $66 billion acquisition of Allergan, the maker of Botox, by Actavis.
Business News Roundup, Nov. 18 18.11.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Halliburton agreed Monday to buy Baker Hughes for about $34.6 billion, uniting two big oil field services providers in a friendly deal only days after a hostile takeover battle appeared imminent. [...] the tie-up raises questions about whether the takeover will survive antitrust scrutiny, given the level of consolidation that it promises within the oil production services business. Facebook Inc. is testing a version of its social network that will let people communicate and collaborate at work, a person familiar with the matter said, taking on tools from Microsoft Corp. and Salesforce.com Inc. The product, which is in trials at Facebook and several other companies, will probably debut publicly in a few months, said the person, who asked not to be named because the information is private. Facebook at Work lets people communicate with their co-workers using the social network’s traditional tools, such as messaging and news feed, without mixing the professional posts with personal ones. Rob Koplowitz, ...
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WorldViews: ‘Operation Carwash’ in Brazil causes normally staid business meeting to go off script 18.11.2014 Washington Post: World
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Words that nobody wants to hear at a quarterly results event for a world-renowned oil company with a $220.6  billion business plan to complete: “corruption,” “bribe,” “federal police,” “internal investigation,” “over-invoicing,” “governance,” “difficult moment” and ...
Halliburton, Allergan, Celldex, Exterran and Amicus Therapeutics are big market movers 18.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Early tests don't find tainted water from oil boom in N.D., Mont. 18.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no evidence of contamination from an energy boom that's already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday.
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Gov. Dayton: Oil pipelines one of several answers to railroad shipment backlog 18.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Halliburton To Buy Baker Hughes For $34.6 Billion 18.11.2014 NPR News
The deal, which must be approved by regulators, would combine the world's second- and third-largest oilfield services provider. The new company would be a formidable rival to Schlumberger Ltd.
Tests show no water contamination from Plains oil boom, but results wouldn't capture spills 17.11.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Spanish navy rams Greenpeace boat and injures activists 17.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Action to prevent protest against oil drilling by Repsol in Canary Islands leaves an activist with broken leg

Spanish navy boats protecting an oil drilling ship rammed Greenpeace boats during a protest, leaving one activist with a broken leg and another with minor cuts.

Dramatic footage filmed off the Canary Islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura on Saturday shows the moment when a navy rhib – a fast rigid hull inflatable boat – appeared to deliberately collide with a Greenpeace rhib which was approaching the oil ship Rowan Renaissance.

Momento del rescate de la activista de @Greenpeace por militares del patrullero Relámpago P43 de la @Armada_esp pic.twitter.com/Wt1pW4C66A

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