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Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections

Pennsylvania oil and gas producers pinched by the lowest prices in years are not catching any breaks from state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection’s oil and gas office conducted 1,700 more inspections during the first seven months of the year, an 11 percent increase over the same period in 2014, according to department data. A boost in office staff ...

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Propane exports are on the rise

Since 2011, exports of propane from the U.S. have been on the rise at a record setting pace. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), in April 2015, exports averaged 636,000 barrels per day, which surpassed levels from April 2014. As reported by the EIA, “U.S. propane production and exports were 190,000 b/d and 201,000 b/d higher, respectively, in ...

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German cabinet imposes high barriers for fracking

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves blasting chemicals and water at underground rock formations to release trapped gas. Opposition is strong in densely-populated Germany due to concerns about the contamination of drinking ...

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NC set to lift fracking moratorium, but prospects for drilling remain iffy

After four years of heated debate, North Carolina stands on the cusp of lifting its fracking moratorium and opening the state’s woodlands and meadows to shale gas exploration. The state legislature, which convenes next month, is expected to let energy developers start pulling drilling permits as early as April, and no later than autumn. But the imminent end of the ...

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Gas boom means more … mulch?

Atop a mountain of wood chips, Eric Vaccarello pointed down at the newest arrival to his sprawling plant. A dump truck, stacked full with junked wooden pallets, rolled up to one of the several chippers on site. “All of that,” said Mr. Vaccarallo, gesturing toward the spraying wood chips, “will be made into a product.” Mr. Vaccarello has worked for ...

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Shale gas drilling OK’d, but with strict regulation

Maryland will allow shale gas development, so called fracking, in Western Maryland and elsewhere, but will set strict conditions to check health and environmental impacts from the practice. The draft final report of the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative panel released Tuesday found the risk of developing the shale gas, by drilling deep underground then sideways for sometimes a mile ...

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Public concern high over drilling rules for shale gas

We can’t recall seeing this kind of concern about a North Carolina environmental issue. We hope lawmakers are taking note, because it’s clear that this state’s residents — who are also voters — are deeply concerned about fracking. The state’s Mining and Energy Commission has been swamped with public comments on the standards it’s writing for shale-gas drilling. Commission members ...

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Oil prices normal, to be discussed at Nov OPEC meeting

QUITO, Oct 8 – Ecuador’s Oil Minister Pedro Merizalde told Reuters on Wednesday that current oil prices are normal given an increase in U.S. production, and that they will be discussed at the OPEC meeting in late November. Global oil prices have dropped well below OPEC’s preferred level of $100 a barrel, triggering calls for a supply cut by some ...

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BP hires head of U.S. shale unit before spin-off

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil major BP <BP.L> has appointed a chief executive to look after its U.S. onshore oil and gas assets, months ahead of its plan to spin off the business to boost the profitability of its shale gas portfolio in the country. SandRidge Energy Inc’s <SD.N> former Chief Operating Officer David Lawler will take on the Houston-based role ...

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