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First research links California quakes to oilfield injections

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SAN FRANCISCO — A 2005 spate of quakes in California’s Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injections underground, a study published this week said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes. Researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Southern California and two French universities published their findings ...

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Global oil production cash negative at current prices

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3.4 Million barrels per day (b/d) of oil produced globally is produced at cash negative number, according to an analysis by Wood Mackenzie. This has resulted in an unexpectedly low rate of stopped production of less than 100,00 b/d globally. Companies continue to pump oil despite these low rates in hopes oil prices will rebound. Restart costs and covering fixed ...

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Tesla gigafactory job creation slower than first projected

A digitally rendered aerial view of Tesla's proposed Gigafactory in Nevada. (Image courtesy Tesla Motors)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Electric carmaker Tesla’s northern Nevada battery plant is creating jobs more slowly than first projected, although state officials say it’s still making satisfactory progress. A progress report issued this week by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development said there were 272 people working at the Tesla and Panasonic factories at the end of the ...

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DHEC chief attending energy symposium in Charleston

Oil drilling platform off the coast. (Image: cclark395 via Flickr)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Offshore oil and gas, solar power and nuclear energy in South Carolina are the focus of an energy forum being held in Charleston. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control director Catherine Heigel is the keynote speaker for the daylong event Friday. Representatives of environmental groups and the utility industry are also speaking during the ...

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Morocco unveils massive solar plant

Morocco unveils massive solar plant

OUARZAZATE, Morocco — Morocco’s King Mohammed VI unveiled one of the world’s biggest solar plants Thursday, taking advantage of the Sahara sunshine and a growing global push for renewable energy. The $3.9-billion project in the southern town of Ouarzazate, also known as Noor I, is the first phase of a project expected to provide 1.2 million Moroccans with power. Row ...

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Public meeting scheduled on proposed oil well in Michigan

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — A public meeting has been scheduled on a company’s request to drill an exploratory oil well on church property in suburban Detroit. Southfield officials say the Feb. 17 meeting at Southfield High School will be held by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Comment from residents is being sought on Jordan Development’s application for a permit to ...

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