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Illinois fracking rules to become public Friday

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Julie Wernau | Chicago Tribune Long-anticipated rules that would govern a new fracking industry in Illinois, are expected to become public Friday. Those rules could be approved as early as next month, opening the door to oil and gas drillers to apply for permits to begin drilling the state’s shale rock in search of oil reserves. Lawmakers are hoping that an ...

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Aug. 27, 2014 marks 155th anniversary of America’s first oil well

Although the original wooden derrick, equipment and engine house were destroyed by fire two months after his historic oil discovery along Oil Creek, Pennsylvania, Edwin L. Drake rebuilt at the original site, which today is a park and museum. Drake, right, stands with his friend Peter Wilson of Titusville. Photo courtesy Drake Well Museum.

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Today, August 27, 2014 marks the 155 year anniversary of the beginning of petroleum exploration in America. In a forested valley beside a creek in northwestern Pennsylvania, the first well drilled specifically in the search for oil proved itself to be viable. The operation, purely hypothetical at its beginnings, was organized and provided the ...

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Natural gas small compressors may have a bright future

Natural gas compressor unit. Photo via poquitocompressioninc.com

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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BNSF executive: Oil train safety can improve


Eric Florip | The Columbian As questions continue to swirl about the safety of transporting crude oil by rail, BNSF Railway’s top executive acknowledged Tuesday that the process can be safer, and said his company welcomes the regulatory push toward more modern tank cars. In an interview with The Columbian, BNSF Executive Chairman Matthew Rose noted railroads like his are required ...

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New Jersey prospers from Marcellus neighbors


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An article published yesterday on NorthJersey.com examines the benefits of having a Marcellus shale drilling state for a neighbor. Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry has been an economic boon to nearby New Jersey, says writer James O’Neill. The abundance of natural gas in the local market has reduced the need for shipments from further, and ...

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Can Energy Companies Legally Use Drones?


Kate Roskow Chrisman | Breaking Energy With an almost eagle-eye-view of the Rocky Mountains from his office in Denver, Robert Attai advises clients on the emerging field of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones. A partner in the law firm of Husch Blackwell, his clients sometime seek advice after acquiring a smaller firm that is using UAS in ...

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Public meetings for Bakken pipeline delayed

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Gavin Aronsen | Ames Tribune The Texas company planning to build a crude oil pipeline that would cut across 17 Iowa counties en route to Illinois is delaying public information meetings that are required to kick off the process with the Iowa Utilities Board. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP, operating on the project through its subsidiary Dakota Access LLC, plans ...

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Natural-gas vehicle sales still sluggish


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Despite promises of a cheap, plentiful energy source that could meet America’s needs into the future, commercial natural gas vehicle sales are still struggling, the Wall Street Journal reports. Even during the best market for truck sales in eight years, the sale of natural gas trucks failed to meet projections by a significant margin. About 10,000 ...

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Why fracking boom isn’t driving down Seattle gas prices


Ángel González | The Seattle Times In Seattle, America’s energy boom can be seen but not felt. At least not at the gas pump. Trains bearing crude oil cross the city’s busy core every day, connecting North Dakota’s prolific oil fields to refineries on the coast. Yet gasoline prices here have remained stubbornly high, even as an abundance of cheap crude, ...

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Survey: US gas prices down 4 cents per gallon


CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of gasoline has dipped 4 cents per gallon in the past two weeks, and prices in California have fallen 5 cents in the same time period. According to the Lundberg Survey released Sunday, the average nationwide price for a gallon of regular is now $3.48 — 8 cents below what it was ...

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