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How much energy did Americans use in 2016?

US energy usage, energy consumption

Last week, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory released its latest energy flow chart depicting American energy usage in 2016. The laboratory releases a fantastic, compact little diagram showing the sources of U.S. energy, what it’s used for, and how much of it is wasted. Vox does a great job of explaining this little graph, which measures energy consumption in what ...

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Eugene Graner: $60 oil will have to wait

Texas oil, pumpjack

Eugene Graner, with Heartland Investor Services, released his latest Market Quick Take. Despite a desire for $60 oil by OPEC, domestic shale producers, and many others, we don’t always get what we want. Instead, it looks likes $60 oil might be just out of reach. Graner mentions there are several technical and fundamental obstacles keeping oil from going up. Consistent ...

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U.S. oil poised as next swing producer – INTERVIEW

energy market, oil swing producer

Oil prices have taken a wild ride in recent years, and nobody knows exactly where they will settle. Some market analysts, though, have a better idea than others. Brent Berarducci of Blacklion Capital Management, namely, is one unique to the oil and gas financial market. His boots have been on the ground (as well as 30,000+ feet in the air) ...

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Hot new Bakken jobs – April 10

bakken oil jobs, truck driver

We’ve rounded up a few of the hottest jobs in the Bakken. Whether you’re entry-level or you’ve got experience, there’s someone looking for you. Check these out: Frac Operator Adler Hot Oil Service, Williston, is looking for a Frac Operator. This job requires only one year of oilfield experience and a high school or equivalent education. You’ll need a CDL ...

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Rig count gains another 15

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

The continued ramp up in the Permian basis comes as no surprise this week, as the area absorbed most of this week’s rig count gains. The Permian saw an increase of 12 rigs this week, the majority of the 15 total rigs gained in the U.S. Totals now reach 839, almost double last year’s total at this time of 443. ...

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ND research geologist honored posthumously

geologist Julie LeFever, core sample library

In recognition of North Dakota’s preeminent Bakken expert, the American Association of Professional Geologists (AAPG) honored UND research geologist Julie LeFever on Sunday with the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award, given in recognition of a singular achievement in petroleum geoscience research. State Geologist Ed Murphy said: Julie was so thrilled to learn in November that she had won the ...

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Rig count up 15, up 374 over last year

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

The Baker Hughes rig count showed an increase of 15 over last week, bringing the current total to 824. Ten are exploring for oil, and 5 are searching for gas. Texas gained another 7 rigs, and Alaska was up 4. By basin, the Permian saw gains of of four, and one each in the Eagle Ford, Granite Wash, and Haynesville. ...

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Exec order gives coal industry hope, but no new jobs

coal industry,

President Trump’s executive order signed Tuesday rolling back Obama-era policies probably won’t bring back coal industry jobs, but it could provide the industry some much-needed breathing room to continue working on ways to stay competitive in the ever-changing energy landscape. President Trump signed his “Energy Independence” executive order surrounded by coal miners, who heard the President say many times throughout his ...

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The Rough Waters of Western North Dakota

WAWS, water, North Dakota

The first in a 5-part series on the controversial water industry of western North Dakota. Reprinted with permission.  The state of North Dakota is now experiencing a serious crossroads situation regarding the Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) and its future path.  Uncertainty is nothing new to WAWSA and its project as controversy, a questionable business plan and forceful government ...

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US involvement in Paris climate agreement in jeopardy after exec order

coal mining, climate change

President Trump delivered on a campaign promise today to roll back Obama-era climate change policy with a “much-anticipated” executive order. The order, called the “Energy Independence” executive order, directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin withdrawing Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which was intended to cut carbon emissions created by coal-fired power plants. The Clean Power Plan would have cut ...

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