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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.

Mexico plans to begin importing U.S. crude

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ Jose Manuel Carrera, a representative for Mexico’s state-owned Pemex, has announced that the company will begin importing U.S. crude this year in a bid to increase refinery output. David Alire Garcia and Ana Isabel Martinez from Reuters report: Carrera said light crude imports could range between 35,000 bpd and 70,000 bpd, or around 5 to 10 ...

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Fueling Progress: Natural gas drives up revenue, alternative vehicles

Casey Murphy | Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, Texas) Clay Clemmer filled up his company’s Chevrolet truck with compressed natural gas on Wednesday at Tyler’s new fueling station — First Alt Fuel. Clemmer, 50, co-owner of the Granite Division Inc. in Tyler, bought the company’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) truck in December in anticipation of the fueling station opening in Tyler. ...

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Illegal pipeline tapping pollutes San Juan River in Mexico

pipeline in desert

An illegal oil tap has been blamed for a spill that contaminated a 14-mile stretch of the San Juan River in the Nueva Leon state in northern Mexico. Mexico’s environmental protection agency Profepa puts the blame on criminal gangs attempting to steal the oil from a pipeline. According to Profepa, the rupture occurred when theives attempted to to tap into state-owned Pemex’s 24-inch Madero-Cadereyta pipeline.  The ...

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Natural gas small compressors may have a bright future

Erny Zah | The Daily Times (Farmington, N.M.) AZTEC — When it comes to natural gas production, sometimes size matters, or not. Compression units are the hearts of natural gas wells to keep them producing, and Poquito Compression, an Aztec company, might be the last stop before well owners cap a well. “We have the smallest compressors around,” said company owner ...

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Rigs equal jobs, but permitting is still an issue

Erny Zah | The Daily Times (Farmington, N.M.) FARMINGTON — The equation is simple. An operating drilling rig equals jobs. Speculation has loomed of a pending San Juan Basin oil boom from production in the Mancos Shale, but whether or not the boom materializes, one thing is for certain, a drilling rig puts people to work. “I can account for 50 ...

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While the gas burns, companies explore solutions

Jennifer Hiller and John Tedesco | The San Antonio Express-News KARNES COUNTY — On a recent spring day, a crew from the Norwegian energy company Statoil arrived at a gravel pad in Karnes County where three brand new wells hissed with the sound of pressurized gas. “Hear that money?” foreman Jerry Williams joked as he parked a pickup. Hydrocarbons moved ...

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Unconventional resources changing how corrosion is addressed

Mella McEwen | The Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) Since the first wells were drilled in the Permian Basin, operators have had to deal with the issue of corrosion. With drilling in today’s unconventional shale plays soaring, new ways to address corrosion are needed. Especially with advances in technology, including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. “Everyone is moving toward horizontal drilling,” ...

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Crop shipments still stranded in North Dakota as oil-by-rail dominates

oil rail car railcar

North Dakota’s economy has traditionally been dominated by agriculture, but rail traffic has been crowded since oil from the Bakken shale has pushed the state’s rails to the limit. Ron Nixon from the New York Times writes: …reports the railroads filed with the federal government show that for the week that ended Aug. 22, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway — ...

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Oil producers adjust to lesser prairie chicken listing

Mella McEwen | The Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) Permian Basin producers continue adjusting their operations to accommodate rules put in place with the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened.” Because the topic is “interesting and controversial,” Randall Anderson, chairman of the Midland chapter, Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, said the group decided to bring in a speaker ...

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