User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
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All oil-drilling neighbors deserve the same treatment as Porter Ranch victims 25.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

When the four-month-long leak from the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field was finally plugged in February, Los Angeles County health officials expected that Porter Ranch residents would no longer suffer from the nausea, headaches, nosebleeds and skin rashes that had forced thousands of people...

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Chevron-led Consortium to Invest Up To $37 Billion in Kazakh Oil Field 25.5.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Investment represents one of the first big commitments by a large oil company to spend on new crude production following a two-year-long slump in oil prices.
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The last stop: America's disappearing roadside rest stops – in pictures 24.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Cross-country road trips are punctuated by breaks at rest stops, and Ryann Ford has travelled to more than 15 states photographing this unique architectural oddity. Teepees, wagon wheels and oil rigs reflect the character of small towns and states, but they are rapidly being replaced by fast-food outlets or neglected as state budgets are cut. The Last Stop is published by powerHouse Books

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Fracking approval reignites row 24.5.2016 BBC: Business
Approval for fracking in North Yorkshire raises the prospect of the controversial technique being allowed at other sites and restarts an intense debate.
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Outdoor, conservation groups criticize Utah lands push 24.5.2016 Durango Herald
SALT LAKE CITY – Leaders of Utah’s roughly $6 billion outdoor recreation industry joined a conservation group Monday to launch a billboard campaign criticizing a push by state officials to take control of vast swaths of public land from the federal government.The billboards going up in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada on...
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Egypt's robot-submarine to look for crashed flight's black box 23.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
Cairo, May 23 : Egypt has mobilised a robot submarine in the hunt for black box of an EgyptAir plane that had crashed over the Mediterranean with 66 people aboard.
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General Electric Co. makes deals worth over $1.4 billion with Saudi Arabia 23.5.2016 LA Times: Business

General Electric Co. said it has made a series of deals with Saudi Arabia worth over $1.4 billion.

GE made the announcement Monday, saying it is part of a plan by the kingdom to diversify its economy.

Saudi state-run media did not immediately report on the deals.

The deal comes as part of the kingdom's...

Landmark fracking vote to take place 23.5.2016 BBC: Business
Councillors will vote later whether to approve an application to begin fracking for the first time in England since a ban was lifted in 2012.
Colorado residents push to protect homes, river from fracking 23.5.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado residents fighting new oil and gas development — 53 wells and a fracking waste facility on the banks of the Colorado River — have turned to an untested state rule in a last-ditch push for ...
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North Dakota oil expo comes amid trouble times for industry 22.5.2016 AP Business
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's oil expo and conference kicks off at a troubled time for the industry, with depressed prices and a drop in drilling activity that has hurt both oil companies and oil-producing states like this one. The three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday in Bismarck with a theme of "Bakken Forward," featuring seminars and talks aimed at making it through the rough patch. The event closes with an address by Republi...
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North Dakota oil expo comes amid trouble times for industry 22.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil expo and conference kicks off at a troubled time for the industry, with depressed prices and a drop in drilling activity that has hurt both oil companies and oil-producing states like this one. The three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday in Bismarck with a theme […]
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Vietnam: From enemy to partner 22.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Traveling to Vietnam with Sen. John McCain a few years ago, it was clear to me just how far the relationship between two former enemies had come.
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US rig count drops 2 this week to 404, another all-time low 21.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by two this week to 404, another all-time low amid low energy prices. A year ago, 885 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 318 rigs sought oil and 85 explored for natural […]
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Crews excavating North Dakota land after large spill 20.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Crews in North Dakota are excavating pastureland after more than 120,000 gallons of oil and drilling wastewater overflowed from a tank. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says the spill happened Wednesday near Marmarth, in southwestern North Dakota, at a site operated by Texas-based Denbury Onshore. The company says crews may […]
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Construction underway in 3 states on $3.8B oil pipeline 20.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Construction is underway in three of four states on a $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from western North Dakota to Illinois. Work on the Dakota Access Pipeline has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois, spokeswoman Lisa Dillinger told the American News ( ). The 1,150-mile pipeline also […]
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Oil Battles Wind on the Great Plains 20.5.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/David Crenshaw, File Wind turbines sit idle at the Oklahoma Wind Energy Center north of Woodward, Oklahoma.  The Great Plains of Oklahoma are dotted with cattle, wheat fields, and the seesawing donkey-shaped jacks that drag crude oil from the shale rock beneath. Notwithstanding the collapse of commodity prices, some 190,000 active oil and gas wells in the state provide jobs, directly and indirectly, to an estimated one in six Oklahomans. Even the statehouse in Oklahoma City is surrounded by wells; one is nicknamed Petunia , after the flower bed on which it was drilled. But increasingly, in Oklahoma’s western half, the land is also populated by wind turbines—giant, white structures on farms with names like Blue Canyon and Renewable Frontier. Those turbines are turning the storied wind that comes sweeping down Oklahoma’s plains into an increasingly critical statewide energy source. Wind now provides 18 percent of the state’s electricity, a higher share nationally than any states besides Iowa, ...
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Oil, gas leases sell for $5.2 million in HD Mountains 20.5.2016 Durango Herald
A decade-long fight to save the HD Mountains from oil and gas development took a hit last week: Leases on more than 6,000 acres of Forest Service land sold for $5.2 million.On May 12, the Bureau of Land Management held the oil and gas lease sale in Denver, covering a total of 7,000 acres of...
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105K gallons of saltwater-oil mixture spills in North Dakota 20.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

MARMARTH, N.D. (AP) — A tank overflow has caused a spill of about 16,800 gallons of oil and more than 100,000 gallons of a mixture of saltwater and oil in North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Health says the spill happened Wednesday at a site operated by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC, near the town […]
Fracking approval under consideration 20.5.2016 BBC: Business
Councillors in North Yorkshire will today consider whether to approve fracking in England for the first time since a ban on the technique was lifted in 2012.
Oil company seeks end of charges in Montana spill 20.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Helena, Mont. • An oil company should not have been criminally charged for an accidental oil spill in Montana that its employees took immediate steps to fix when it was discovered in 2011, attorneys for the company said in their request to dismiss the charges. Federal prosecutors allege FX Drilling Co. and field supervisor Quay Geza Torok failed to clean up the spill after they discovered the leak at an oil field on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The mixture of oil and production fluid spread...
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