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Minnesota highways could become huge energy producers

Using land near highway roads for solar panels. Photo by Portland General Electric via flickr

While critics slam North Dakota’s renewable energy policies, the neighboring state of Minnesota is pressing forward with highways that would cater to new solar power production. The state of Minnesota is launching a program to create five 1-megawatt solar panel arrays built on public right-of-ways around the state. According to a MinnPost report, if the pilot project is successful, it ...

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Halliburton, Baker Hughes buy more sand, railcars as demand piles up

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Oct 21 – As fracking accelerates in North American shale fields, oilfield services providers Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc are stockpiling sand to protect themselves against rising costs and are buying more railcars to transport the haul. Halliburton, the world’s largest provider of fracking services, is more than doubling its railcar fleet and capacity for sand terminals – where ...

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Yahoo! buying wind energy from Wall company

Former Yahoo! Billboard sign in San Francisco. Photo by Scott Schiller via flickr

WALL — New Jersey Clean Energy Ventures has lined up Yahoo! to buy electricity from an $85 million wind farm the company plans to build in Kansas. The Alexander Wind Farm, the third for New Jersey Clean Energy Ventures, an unregulated subsidiary of Wall-based New Jersey Resources, will be located on 7,000 acres in Rush County, Kansas, about 120 miles ...

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Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk

Total CEO Christophe de Margerie

MOSCOW — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. Three French crew members also died when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into flames after it hit ...

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Fracking ban on the ballot in tiny San Benito County has big statewide implications


SAN JUAN BAUTISTA — When President Ronald Reagan was pushing for offshore oil drilling on the edges of Monterey Bay in the mid-1980s, Santa Cruz voters fought back, approving a ballot measure that banned construction of all storage tanks, pipelines and other oil equipment in the city. The small protest vote was soon copied by 25 other coastal communities, from ...

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This seemingly normal generator could revolutionize the oil and gas industry

LPP Combustion's commercial demo generator, which runs off Y-grade, unrefined natural gas.

LPP Combustion, LLC, a Maryland-based technology company, could be offering a win-win solution to oil and gas companies struggling to reduce flaring in the form of a seemingly normal generator. Flaring in regions such as the Bakken in North Dakota and Eagle Ford in south Texas has come under fire in recent months. Disapproving parties decry that it’s a waste ...

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World oil price decline creates multibillion-dollar budget risk for Alaska

Oil storage tanks at Valdez, Alaska at the end of the Alaska pipeline. Getty Image via NewsCred

Oil prices have been relatively stable in the past few years, a Department of Revenue analyst said Wednesday, addressing the new state board charged with assessing Alaska’s competitive position in the oil and gas world. Stable, he said, until about a month ago, “when all hell broke loose.” Just a day earlier, Gov. Sean Parnell, while debating independent challenger Bill ...

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Coal attaches $366 billion price tag to new emission rules

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A coalition consisting of the coal industry and other energy-related businesses released a study which claims the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carbon regulations for power plants could cost, at minimum, $366 billion. The Hill reported that the analysis, conducted by Nera Economic Consulting, revealed that 43 states would see double-digit percentage increases in their citizen’s electricity bills, with at ...

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12 oil and gas apps that will change your life forever

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Oil and gas workers have a tough job. Long hours, dangerous tasks and complicated paperwork are all part of that life. Every employee comes from a different background and from a long list of different places. However, almost every oil and gas worker has a smartphone, some are even provided by the company for work use. There are hundreds of oil ...

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