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Oil, gas industry will bounce back from low prices

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CANFIELD – The oil and gas industry eventually will bounce back from low energy prices, an Ohio Oil and Gas Association spokesman says. Mike Chadsey, the association’s director of public relations, provided an update on the overall industry Thursday to the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber at Tippecanoe Country Club. Since the shale boom in 2011, the U.S. is producing the most ...

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Groups in 4 states lobby against proposed Bakken pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa — A group of organizations from Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota are speaking out as a unified coalition against the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline project. The organizations include environmental groups Food and Water Watch and Shawnee Forest Sentinels and social action groups Dakota Rural Action and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. They want each state’s ...

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Work at site of Nexen spill done on tight schedule -engineering firm

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta – Infrastructure at the site in northern Alberta of one of the biggest oil-related pipeline spills ever on North American soil was installed on a “tight schedule,” according to the firm that developed some of the pipeline’s safety technology. The engineering firm, French-based ITP Interpipe, said in a June 2014 presentation to the Society of Petroleum Engineers ...

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Oil company gets $130K fine

The Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District leveled a $130,000 fine against a small oil company accused of illegally dumping toxic waste water in a stretch of rural pasture near Imperial. The waste, known as produced water, emerges from an oil well after completion and contains potentially harmful organic and inorganic chemicals. Six of the 11 groundwater district members that attended ...

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Leader of Bakken Strike Force crime unit named

The leader of the recently formed Bakken Strike Force crime unit has been announced, reports the Bismarck Tribune. Supervising the prosecutors and law enforcement officers will be Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Volk based out of Bismarck, North Dakota. Comprised of local, state and federal law officers, the Strike Force has been charged with the task of investigating and prosecuting the ...

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New saltwater disposal facility offers warm meals, hot showers to Eagle Ford truckers

Fortress Environmental Services (FES) cut the red ribbon on a new $9.3 million saltwater disposal (SWD) well this week in the Eagle Ford region. The state-of-the-art well is located in Waelder, Texas. FES stated that the objective of the site is  to serve oil & gas hydraulic fracturing operations in the Eagle Ford Shale Play. Per the Texas Railroad Commission, ...

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Proposed Shell plant would generate own power _ a lot of it

MONACA, Pa. — A proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania would use — and generate — a substantial amount of power. The Beaver County Times reports that Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker plant proposed for Potter and Center townships in Beaver County would likely require more than 100 megawatts of electricity to operate. That would power 100,000 homes at any given moment, ...

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Update: Drilling in Pennsylvania forests

In 2012, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) conducted its first assessment on Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania’s state forests and found development is “neither benign nor catastrophic.” On Thursday, the DCNR released an updated report of Marcellus Shale development in state forests that covers all the way through 2014.  Secretary Cindy Dunn commented on the department’s newest ...

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