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By John Deede | Google+ John Deede is a Web Content Manager for Shale Plays Media living in Fargo, ND. He studied at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, earning a degree in Business Administration/Marketing Management. His interests include cooking, traveling, permaculture, politics, and economics. In his free time John enjoys skiing, longboarding, playing guitar, painting, and spending time with friends.

We’re fracked, part 1

By Nicholas Leingang | The High Plains Reader (Fargo, ND) Since 2005, energy debate in the United States has been polarized by so-called “unconventional” fuels. These energy sources require additional technological and energy inputs during extraction and refinement — in North Dakota, this means millions of gallons of chemical mixtures, advanced drilling equipment, and high-pressure injections collectively known as hydraulic ...

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U.S. calls for more oil train testing data from industry


by Patrick Rucker (Reuters) – U.S. regulators need more data from the energy sector about oil train cargoes, a senior Department of Transportation official said on Wednesday, as officials work on how to move such freight more safely by rail after recent accidents. Specifically, regulators want individual test results that underpin an industry report on fuel from North Dakota’s Bakken ...

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U.S. EIA cuts recoverable Monterey shale oil estimate by 96 pct

by Edward McAllister May 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday cut its estimate of recoverable oil in California’s Monterey shale by 96 percent, casting doubt on what was once thought to be America’s next major energy play. In what could be welcome news for environmentalists and a potentially bad omen for oil drillers, such as Venoco Inc, ...

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Santa Cruz becomes first California county to ban fracking

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) – Santa Cruz on Tuesday became the first California county to ban fracking, the latest in a string of moves by local governments in the state to take a stand against the controversial oil and gas producing method. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, relies on injecting water, sand and some chemicals deep beneath the earth’s surface to ...

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Trafigura seeks investors for Texas oil terminal shipping shale

(Reuters) – Global trader Trafigura AG is seeking potential investors to buy a stake in its oil terminal and storage facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, a once-quiet port that has become a bustling hub for shipping Eagle Ford shale crude. Trafigura, which like other big commodity merchants has in recent years moved to buy key infrastructure assets to support its ...

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China signs 30-year deal for Russian natural gas

By Louise Watt and Vladimir Isachenkov | The Associated Press SHANGHAI — China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow’s ties with Asia. Price negotiations on the 30-year deal continued into the final hours of a two-day visit by Putin to China, during which ...

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New Mexico: 500 barrels of questionable nuke waste packed with kitty litter

kitty litter

Jeri Clausing | Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico environment officials say more than 500 barrels of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory were packed with the kitty litter suspected of causing a chemical reaction and radiation release at the government’s underground nuclear waste dump. Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn Tuesday gave the U.S. Department of Energy and the ...

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