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National science standards a possibility for Wyoming schools

Wyoming public schools will likely meet national science standards after lifting a ban prohibiting lesson plans that link global warming to burning fossil fuels, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle. The state’s House of Representatives gave its preliminary approval Thursday to reverse the ban, which was established last year. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were developed by ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

Here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of January 17 through January 23. Enjoy! 5. Cleanup underway for nearly 3M-gallon saltwater spill in ND Cleanup is underway after nearly 3 million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production, leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota, the largest spill of its ...

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What factors contribute to the price of gas?

Although plummeting oil prices can be cited as the main reason for low gasoline prices, the friendly price at the pump can’t be attributed only to low crude prices. And surprisingly, Brent crude prices affect gasoline prices more than West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices, typically named as the benchmark for oil prices. However, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), ...

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Anadarko gives positive spin to spar decommission (video)

Spars—the supporting structure for offshore drilling rigs—are expensive to build and utilized for many years. But what happens when it’s time to decommission one? These spars provide unique ecological environments and fishing zones in the Gulf of Mexico, and now Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has successfully placed its Red Hawk cell spar off the coast of Louisiana. But the company put ...

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Layoffs in the Bakken and a shifting economy

As the oil price slump persists consumers are reaping the benefits of lower fuel costs. Towns like Williston, however, with economies structured around the oil and gas industry, are beginning to see the effects of the nation-wide drilling slowdown. A recent report from CNN Money examines how the slowdown is beginning to affect workers in the Bakken oil formation of ...

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Summit Midstream unsure when pipeline will resume operation

On Thursday Summit Midstream Partners LP announced that the company is unsure when its damaged saltwater line in North Dakota will return to operating as usual, according to a report from Reuters. On January 6 the pipeline rupture was detected north of Williston. State officials estimate that nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil and gas drilling was ...

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New pipeline is in the works

A new pipeline will transport light oil condensate from Guernsey and Noble counties to the surrounding area, which will serve major customers in the Utica Shale. Ohio River Valley Pipeline, an affiliate of EnLink Midstream companies, is heading the project which will include the compression and stabilization facilities.  The pipeline is expected to be completed in Guernsey and Noble counties ...

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Entergy bringing gasline upgrades to Baton Rouge

Last year, aging natural gas lines became a national issue. Reports showed that the older the pipeline, the more likely it was to turn into a ticking time bomb. In particular, pipelines installed in the 1940s made of cast-iron and bare steel posed heightened threats. Louisiana has a higher percentage of these risky pipelines than most of the nation, and ...

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