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State organization to study impact of wind farms in Pennsylvania

wind

The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s nonpartisan research organization has a year to produce a comprehensive report on the impact of wind farms on the state’s landscape, wildlife and electric grid. The state House of Representatives directed the Joint State Government Commission to conduct the study with a vote of 181-11 this month. Legislators instructed the commission to cover certain basic details, ...

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TCEQ plans new air monitoring site in Eagle Ford

drilling

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says it plans to add a new air monitor in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale play to measure the effect of pollution from oil and gas sites that are spreading across South Texas. The move comes after Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff criticized the agency’s attempts to curb air ...

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Rains have minimal impact on WIPP

Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M. CARLSBAD — The weeklong rains that drenched Eddy County only slightly impacted recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. WIPP came away “mostly unscathed” from the September storms according to Department of Energy officials, who also reported two brief partial power outages at the waste disposal facility that delayed entries underground last week. Since Sept. 12, ...

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Carlsbad hosts forum on human trafficking in boomtowns

trafficking

Jessica Onsurez | Carlsbad Current-Argus CARLSBAD — As Carlsbad grows with the oil and gas boom, community leaders are taking steps to educate the public against some of the seedier elements of progress. Truckers Against Trafficking and nonprofit iEmpathize will be sponsoring a rolling exhibit and community forum to discuss topics of prostitution and human trafficking that often follow oil ...

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NM LACKS ENGINE TO POWER GROWTH

Winthrop Quigley | Albuquerque Journal New Mexico’s job growth continues to lag the nation, but that is not the worst of it, said Jeffrey Mitchell, the new director of the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research. “The very weak performance relative to other states seems to cut across the economy,” he said. All employment sectors are under-performing, ...

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Permian producers seeing deep discounts

Oil

Permian Basin producers are becoming a victim of their own recent success. A report issued this past week by the Energy Information Administration said the rise of production from the Permian Basin has outpaced takeaway infrastructure, causing the price differential between West Texas Intermediate at Midland to fall below West Texas Intermediate Cushing. EIA Analyst T. Mason Hamilton said the ...

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Letter from North Dakota: The Oil Party Rocks On

economy

WILLISTON, N.D., Nov 13- Falling oil prices have spooked Wall Street and even parts of Texas. But in North Dakota’s booming oil patch, the crude-fueled party carries on. Since June, the price of crude oil has fallen 30 percent to about $75 a barrel, raising fears that oil production would slow across the United States. But you wouldn’t know it ...

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National Fuel Gas price falls nearly 9 percent

gas

Just in time for winter weather, customers of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. will be paying lower prices. The utility announced Friday a quarterly rate adjustment, which takes effect today, that will lower the delivered price of natural gas by 8.96 percent. The new delivered price — $8.06 per thousand cubic feet — is the lowest in 12 years. The ...

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