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Coal dominates in Texas as energy source

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According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, coal was the number one energy source for Texas in January, reports FuelFix. Coal provided nearly 36 percent of Texas’ energy, followed by natural gas at 30 percent and wind energy at 20 percent. Natural gas prices increased in January, which led to higher demand for the cheaper coal. Typically, natural gas is the dominant ...

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Rig count continues to creep upward

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The U.S. rig count continues to creep back up slowly, up ten Feb. 17, 2017, according to the latest Baker Hughes report. The rig count has increased for 5 straight weeks, reaching 751. The U.S. added 6 rigs exploring for oil and 4 exploring for natural gas. The current oil rig count is 597, while gas rigs number 153. One ...

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Corps grants easement for Dakota Access pipeline

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The Army Corps of Engineers officially granted the coveted easement for completion of the Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday. Only days after entering office, President Donald Trump issued an executive memorandum that provided clear directives for a swift revival of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline that would run from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields to Illinois. Wednesday’s easement from the Corps ...

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North Dakota Energy Day at the Capitol

Energy Day at the Capitol

Are you curious about what lies ahead for the Bakken? How will world oil markets impact drilling and production in North Dakota? Energy Day brings the numbers to the State Capitol on March 7th from 10 am to 1 pm in the Brynhild Haugland Room. Four dynamic speakers will allow attendees to get a real glimpse of exactly how energy production ...

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Will OPEC continue to cut production?

Ten OPEC countries achieved 91 percent of their required cuts in January, according to an S & P Global Platts survey released on Monday. In the agreement signed last year, OPEC countries promised to cut 1.2 million b/d for six months and freeze production at 32.5 million b/d for six months in 2017. This includes production by Indonesia, whose OPEC membership is ...

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New geothermal drilling technology could also help oil and gas

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When we think directional drilling, we think oil and gas. But a recent article in Think GeoEnergy tells about an advanced drilling system used by Baker Hughes that can withstand high temperatures in drilling for geothermal resources. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and its Geothermal Technology Office. Alexander Richter for Think Geoenergy reports that Baker ...

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NDPC scholarship apps due April 1

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Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) is seeking applicants for the Al Golden Memorial Scholarship program, which will provide a $2,000 scholarship to nine qualified college students pursuing a post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technical skills or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The application period will remain open until ...

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Spray foam for agriculture? Here’s why farmers should think about it…

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Most people typically think about spray polyurethane foam for home construction, commercial buildings, and roofing since it prevents leaks, wards off humidity and mitigates temperature fluctuation. It makes heating and cooling more cost-effective. But SPF has applications far beyond homes and commercial buildings. Spray foam is now being used by a diverse number of industries. Farmers and ranchers have begun ...

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Two Marcellus, Utica area natural gas pipelines approved

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The executive order that gave TransCanada the go ahead to pursue completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline stole the spotlight from two smaller, but still substantial pipeline projects received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A TransCanada press release announced the approval for the construction of the Leach XPress and RayneXPress projects. Both will provide natural gas from the ...

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