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Producers shrugging off New York fracking ban

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Even if the Cuomo administration had allowed fracking in New York State, it’s uncertain that oil and gas companies would have blitzed the borders, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. Sam Kusic reports that Jim Tramuto, vice president of governmental and regulatory strategies for Southwestern Energy Co., said operators prefer to be in states that are welcoming and where the ...

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2 dead in explosion, fire at Oklahoma oil rig

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COALGATE, Okla. — An explosion and fire early Friday morning killed two people and critically injured two others at an oil rig in southeastern Oklahoma. Authorities said the explosion occurred at the rig about 2 miles west of Coalgate in a remote area of rural Coal County about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Matt Skinner, a spokesman for the ...

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Utilities, railroads guardedly optimistic about coal deliveries


WASHINGTON — Representatives of the power and rail industries expressed guarded optimism Thursday about coal deliveries needed to generate electricity for Minnesota this winter. Speaking to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), officials from BNSF Railway, Minnesota Power and the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator agreed that stockpiles of coal, which had been critically low at many electricity generating plants, have ...

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ND approves wind farm near Beulah


The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a permit for a $240 million wind farm yesterday. The Antelope Hills Wind Project LLC of Santa Barbara, California is, slated to construct 86 wind turbines on a 22,000 acre plot of land.  The Fargo Forum reported today that the wind farm will support 250-300 construction jobs. North Dakota currently generates 1,600 megawatts ...

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OKC residents worried about oil drilling plan

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 10, 2013 file photo, birds fly through the fog over Lake Hefner on a rainy day in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City residents will be able to weigh in on a proposal that would allow an oil company to drill near Lake Hefner. Pedestal Oil Co. Inc. wants to drill at a site outside the park's boundaries that was selected after the Oklahoma City water utilities trust asked the company to find a site that met state regulations and the trust's more stringent guidelines for drilling operations. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Several Oklahoma City residents are worried about an oil company’s desire to drill near Lake Hefner. Residents attended the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust’s regular Tuesday meeting to offer their concerns about Pedestal Oil Co. Inc.’s proposal to drill for oil and natural gas. They’re worried about noise, safety and the possibility of spills into the lake, ...

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Will policies and falling prices derail fracking?


Two recent events have cast some doubt about the seemingly bright future of fracking in various parts of the country. The first has to do with a few voter-driven efforts to eliminate fracking. The second is related to the recent plunge in energy prices. While voters and many municipal governments have decided to restrict fracking, few have banned it altogether. ...

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North Idaho oil train risks to be assessed under grant


North Idaho governments will use a $36,000 federal grant to update their emergency preparedness plans to address the growing number of oil trains rumbling through their communities. On average, two to three loaded oil trains pass through Spokane daily. But before they hit the Inland Northwest’s largest city, the trains travel along the Kootenai River, pass through downtown Bonners Ferry, ...

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NC Rules panel approves new fracking standards

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state panel has approved a comprehensive list of regulations for companies that want fracking permits to drill for and collect natural gas in North Carolina. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the state Rules Review Commission on Wednesday approved 117 rules in all. The measures covered items like chemical disclosure, well shafts, water storage, ...

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Chevron cancels Canadian Arctic drilling as oil prices slide

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CALGARY, Alberta – Chevron Corp <CVX.N> is putting a plan to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea in Canada’s Arctic on hold indefinitely because of what it called “economic uncertainty in the industry” as oil prices fall. In a letter to Canada’s National Energy Board on Wednesday, the company withdrew from a hearing on Arctic drilling rules because it ...

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