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Norway’s king opens Arctic drilling conference in Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska conference on Arctic offshore drilling received royal treatment Wednesday. King Harald V of Norway gave opening remarks at conference in Anchorage hosted by INTSOK, a trade organization established in 1997 by the Norwegian government and its oil and gas companies. One of the group’s 2015 goals is to promote the Norwegian oil and gas industry ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania

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Permit activity in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw a lot of action over the last week, along with the shale’s healthy registry, which is seeing even more push from health advocates. The process of finding a way to better monitor health complaints related to natural gas development is still ongoing, but health advocates are starting to push the ...

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Utica and Marcellus well activity in Ohio

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Activity in the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations in Ohio have seen some changes compared to last week’s well activity update, and so has one company’s plans in the Utica Shale formation. Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. has decide to sell 5,210 acres of undeveloped land in the Utica Shale formation.  The land, which is worth about $41 million, is located ...

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Gulf Marine plans layoffs of 554 workers

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ARANSAS PASS — Offshore manufacturer Gulf Marine Fabricators is planning to shed 554 jobs at its facility in Aransas Pass during the next eight weeks amid plummeting energy prices. Notices were sent out to employees on May 18, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification report released Tuesday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The layoffs were expected to be ...

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Editorial: No secrets in rail safety

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With Philadelphia trying to become a major energy hub, the wall of secrecy surrounding the condition of tracks and bridges used by trains carrying highly flammable crude oil through neighborhoods, behind schools, and past commerce centers, must come down. Every week, about 150 million gallons of crude move through the region, but the people who would be most affected by ...

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Editorial: Congress needs to allow crude oil exports

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With one action, the U.S. Congress could reduce the nation’s trade deficit, grow U.S. jobs, increase revenue and assure more U.S. influence across the world. But because of Congressional inaction, the export ban remains in place 40-plus years later. The ban was enacted by Congress following the 1973 Arab oil embargo. That embargo created a domestic energy crisis, causing shortages, ...

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Winds of change blow toward county board

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Otsego County’s staunchest supporter of natural gas drilling, County Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts, confirmed Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the District 2 seat he has held for 16 years. A dairy farmer and a political maverick, Powers said he will serve the rest of his current term, then devote more time to agriculture. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of ...

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