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Natural-gas breakthrough could lead to cheaper fuel


A discovery in South Florida could lead to wider use of clean-burning fuels. Scientist Roy Periana, who heads the Scripps Energy Materials Center in Jupiter, has devised a more efficient method of converting the major components of natural gas into useable fuels. The discovery, announced Thursday, could open the door to cheaper, more abundant fuel with lower emissions, Scripps said. ...

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PDC Energy reports double digit production growth for 2013

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(Greeley Tribune)–PDC Energy, Weld County’s No. 3 oil and gas producer, reported continued production growth in the last year topped by its wells in the Wattenberg Field. Because of production and continued cost savings in its three main drilling fields — the Wattenberg in Weld County, its Utica play in Ohio, and the Marcellus play in Pennsylvania — the company ...

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Encana’s operating profit nearly doubles on higher oil production

Nov 12 – Encana Corp, Canada’s largest natural-gas producer, said its quarterly operating profit jumped 87 percent due to higher production of oil and natural gas liquids. The company, under Chief Executive Doug Suttles, has been focusing on boosting production of oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) after years of weak profits caused by its reliance on natural gas production. ...

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Newly-commissioned power plant slated for Niobrara

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A commission partnership has been announced for a new gas processing plant in Converse County, Wyoming. Williams Partners L.P. and Crestwood Midstream Partners L.P. have collaborated to commission the Bucking Horse gas processing facility, which will boost the Powder River Basin’s processing capacity by 120 million cubic feet per day. The new site, located in Douglas, will include processing buildings, ...

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Fracking 101: Breaking down the most important part of today’s oil, gas drilling

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Fracking, the two- to three-day process of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, is perhaps one of the most misunderstood drilling practices, becoming as bad of a word in some circles as a racial slur. Entire countries have banned the process. Some Colorado towns have placed moratoriums to study it further. Environmentalists storm capitals over it, demanding increased regulations, and ...

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Proposed statewide ballot measure would give Colo. communities power to ban fracking

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A movement is underway to put a ballot measure before Colorado voters in November that would give local governments across the state the power to protect the health and safety of residents by banning or restricting oil and gas drilling and other industrial activities currently permitted by state law. The effort, which would be an amendment to the state constitution ...

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Groups differ on shale’s job impact on Valley economy

YOUNGSTOWN — As the shale play in Northeast Ohio begins to take off, studies emerging from both sides of the hydraulic-fracturing debate are painting different pictures about the industry’s impact on the local economy. Debate surrounding a pair of recent studies shows that the position an organization takes on the process known as fracking can influence both the way information ...

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