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George P. Mitchell revolutionized oil and gas exploration

Father of Fracking Dies

Mr. Mitchell’s innovative use of horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the 1990s to release gas from a previously-impermeable rock formation near Fort Worth earned him the nickname the “father of the Barnett Shale.” Those drilling breakthroughs revolutionized oil and gas exploration from Pennsylvania to Poland and the Yukon Territory to Argentina. “My engineers kept telling me, ‘You ...

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Obama disputes job projections for Keystone XL pipeline

Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama called into question the number of jobs that would be created from the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in an interview with the New York Times released on Saturday. “Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator,” Obama said, according to the newspaper. “There is no evidence that that’s true. ...

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Minnesota approves pipeline change over protests

Enbridge Energy Pipeline

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota state commission provided a key approval Wednesday to a northern Minnesota oil pipeline expansion as chants of “shame on you” rang out in the downtown St. Paul meeting room. “We are the people you represent,” one of more than 100 protesters shouted as all five Public Utilities Commission members approved increasing the pipeline’s capacity ...

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ND ethane will flow north

Ethane Pipeline

Approval of the U.S.-Canadian Vantage pipeline, which connects a gas plant near Tioga with petrochemical industries in the Canadian province of Alberta, heralds good news on multiple fronts. Like the much-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, the Vantage crosses the U.S.-Canadian border and, therefore, needed U.S. State Department approval. If Vantage got approval, and it did after just three years, it gives ...

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CN Railway profit rises as crude oil shipments increase

Canadian National Rail Trains

Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:52pm EDT By Scott Haggett and Solarina Ho July 22 (Reuters) – Canadian National Railway, Canada’s largest railroad, said on Monday it expects the boom in crude-by-rail shipments to continue, despite the Lac-Megantic tragedy earlier this month and as narrowing spreads between benchmark world oil prices raise questions about the economics of rail transport. The company ...

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