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Pennsylvania Poised to Open State Parks for Drilling Operations

Tiadaghton State Forest

John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced in 2010 that the state needed to stop leasing additional forest land or it would inflict significant damage to the local ecosystem. It issued a report stating that any additional expansion of fracking in the region would have long-term repercussions on the health and productivity ...

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Where are the oil patch candidates?


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Candidates are announcing, and the shape of North Dakota’s 2014 election is becoming known. Within the next couple of weeks both Republicans and Democrats will hold their statewide conventions, but these events are merely the apogee of the partisan candidate selection process. Across the state Republicans and Democrats have been holding local legislative district conventions to ...

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Crude Weekly Update


Growing oil Inventories Crude oil prices fell further on weakening winter demand and easing Ukraine tensions. The increase in crude and distillate stockpiles also pressured prices. On oil inventory, the EIA reported that total crude oil and petroleum products stocks rose 2.18 million barrels to 1034.86 million barrels in the week ended February 28. Crude stockpile increased 1.43 million barrels ...

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Bakken Shale Prompts the Construction of the First North Dakota Oil Refineries in 60 Years

distillation tower

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media North Dakota will soon be home to two new refineries dedicated to processing crude oil extracted from the Bakken shale. Quantum Energy Inc. of Tempe, AZ announced on March 21 they had signed a purchase and sale agreement for 80 acres of land from Northstar Transloading LLC for construction of a new hydroskimming refinery. ...

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The Utah tar sands time bomb

Utah River

By John Deede, Shale Plays Media While the debate over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline stretching from Alberta’s tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast has dominated environmental news, few people are aware that Utah has its own tar sand formation. The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates that the recoverable oil in the Green River Formation located in Colorado, Wyoming and ...

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EPA mulls greenhouse emission standards overhaul


By Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media On the heels of the ongoing Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA Supreme Court case, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced a list of proposed changes to the current greenhouse gas emissions reporting procedures for the natural gas and petroleum categories. The lawsuit, filed by private industry insiders, seeks to challenge ...

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