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Pardon us while we gush: It’s Oildorado Days!

The Oildorado Sheriff's Posse joins the festival;s parade in 2010. This year's festival begins October 9. Photo: Kevin Krejci via Flickr.

The oil industry is an up-and-down business with more downs than ups of late, but you wouldn’t know it from all the gushing going on in Kern County’s oil capital of Taft, on the eve of the town’s every-five-years Oildorado celebration. “Taft is not without its problems, but we’re small enough where everybody knows everybody but big enough to create ...

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Huge oil discovery on Golan Heights


After more than a year of round-the-clock drilling, large amounts of oil have been found on the Golan Heights. Estimates are that the amount of oil discovered will make Israel self sufficient for very many years to come. Afek Oil and Gas chief geologist Dr. Yuval Bartov told Channel 2 News, “We are talking about a strata which is 350 ...

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Liberty Utilities approved to buy natural gas off proposed NED pipeline


Another box has been checked in a company’s quest to build a controversial natural gas pipeline across much of southern New Hampshire. The N.H. Public Utilities Commission has given the go-ahead to Liberty Utilities to buy natural gas from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. The approval will help the pipeline company make its case to ...

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Crude jumps on U.S. output forecast; stocks mixed

A man holding an umbrella walks in front of an electronic stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato

NEW YORK  – Crude prices jumped more than 4 percent on Tuesday after the United States cut output forecasts, while global equity markets mostly rose on expectations the Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates this year. Helping crude was news that Russia and Saudi Arabia had met last week and discussed the oil market, and planned to continue exchanging ...

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Shell CEO sees first signs of oil price recovery

Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell, speaks during the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris, France, June 2, 2015.    REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

LONDON – Oil markets are beginning to recover but the scale of global oversupply means prices may rise only slowly, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc <RDSa.L> said on Tuesday. “I see the first mixed signs for recovery of oil prices,” Ben van Beurden told an oil industry conference in London. “But with U.S. shale oil being more ...

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Pittsburgh to spend $5M in private money to gird for natural disasters, improve infrastructure

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Pittsburgh will receive $5 million over the next five years to spend on projects aimed at preparing the city to respond to and prevent natural disasters and other challenges. Mayor Bill Peduto announced Saturday he signed a “resilience pledge” to commit 10 percent of the city’s budget to flood control, street and facility improvements and other projects. The city already ...

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Basil Seggos named New York’s environmental commissioner

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named Basil Seggos, his top environmental adviser, as the new commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a post that has been vacant since Joe Martens resigned in July. Seggos has been Cuomo’s deputy secretary for the environment since 2013. His appointment is subject to approval by the state Senate. Seggos is ...

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Shell, Total get first foreign gas stations in Iran

View of French oil giant Total headquarters in the financial and business district of la Defense in Courbevoie near Paris October 21, 2014.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s state TV is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell and France’s Total will be the first foreign companies to be allowed to operate gasoline stations inside Iran. The Press TV English-language channel quotes the head of Iran’s filling stations union, Bijan Haj Mohammadreza, as saying 100 new licenses have been issued to each company. Until now, the ...

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