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Scientists study methane ‘hot spot’ sources

This undated handout image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan, shows The Four Corners area, in red, left, is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009. Dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher.

LYBROOK — As scientists continue their work tracking sources of atmospheric methane in the Four Corners region, the federal government continues to formulate new rules intended to reduce oil and gas industry emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — which is proposing new rules to better regulate methane emissions — projects emissions from the oil and gas industry will increase ...

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Oil price collapse, layoffs lead to Oklahoma tax revenue failure

Oklahoma Capitol Building - The state capitol building in Oklahoma City, with famous oil well on grounds.

The major decline in Oklahoma’s biggest industry is impacting almost every major tax category and means the state won’t have the revenue to fully fund the Fiscal Year 2016 budget that went into effect July 1. On Monday, the Board of Equalization projected that the Legislature will have $900.8 million less to appropriate next year. House Republican Appropriations and Budget ...

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First responder training program planned for region

In the next month, Dr. Dinesh Vyas of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin plans to start a trainer-trainee program so people can help reduce mortality rates in remote work areas or accident scenes. Vyas, who is an associate professor, associate dean surgery research, associate program director at Texas Tech Health Sciences, said he will start ...

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State regulators reject requests to toss out Keystone XL

PIERRE, S.D. — State regulators could make a decision as early as next month on whether to again approve the South Dakota portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The state Public Utilities Commission denied requests Tuesday to throw out the pipeline project. Opponents argued that President Barack Obama killed the pipeline in November. William Taylor is an attorney for TransCanada ...

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Decline in gas drilling softens boom for Western Pa. businesses

John Bruno dresses the industry that revitalized his Waynesburg business district. Mickey’s Men’s Store, which Bruno’s father opened in 1967 on High Street, sells the Carhartt attire, Carolina work boots and flame-retardant clothing that serve as standard wardrobe for the shale gas workers who changed the face of Greene and Washington counties during the past decade. Those workers have kept ...

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Seneca Resources joins with IOG Capital to maintain Marcellus activity

Seneca Resources is getting help from a Dallas investment firm to maintain gas production in the Marcellus shale despite low prices that have cut into cash flow. Houston-based Seneca, Pennsylvania’s 12th biggest shale gas producer, on Thursday announced a joint venture with IOG Capital to develop at least 42 and possibly 80 wells in Elk, McKean and Cameron counties with ...

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Sanders aligns against proposed natural gas pipeline

MANCHESTER — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is the first presidential candidate to publicly take a position on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. And the Democratic hopeful’s opposition to the project has many Northeast Energy Direct pipeline opponents praising him. In prepared remarks given during the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Sunday night, Sanders said he’s against ...

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Low oil and gas prices mean a daily struggle

FARMINGTON — This year has not been an easy one for local oil and gas companies and those providing support services. It’s been a year of layoffs and cutbacks without any change predicted for the immediate future. In April, ConocoPhillips announced local layoffs, followed by similar announcements from local yards like Halliburton on Main Street, and, most recently, Baker Hughes ...

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South Dakota approves Dakota Access Bakken pipeline

On Monday South Dakota regulators approved the construction permit for the Dakota Access Bakken oil pipeline.

On Monday South Dakota regulators approved a construction permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline, reports The Associated Press. The proposed 1,130-mile pipeline, owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, would transport roughly 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota to South Dakota and through Iowa to an existing pipeline in Patoka, Illinois. From ...

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