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Aerial footage shows California methane leak (VIDEO)

aliso county California natural gas leak

Methane gas continues to leak from a California storage facility at a rate of 110,000 pounds per hour. Aerial footage using a specialized infrared camera shows the extent of the leak. The video was taken Dec. 17 and released by the Environmental Defense Fund. The leak emits methane at a rate of about 50,000 kilograms per hour, about one-quarter of ...

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Long-awaited repeal of export ban signed into law

Obama signs tax, spending bill; oil export ban repealed

President Barack Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion government funding bill Friday afternoon, dodging a government shutdown and ending a 40-year-old crude oil export ban. U.S producers will now be able to sell crude to the international market. Republicans made lifting the export ban a top priority. They argued the ban was a relic of the Arab oil embargo ...

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How do solar panels really work?

solar panels on house

The sun is an unlimited source of energy, more than could ever be used by the earth. It is only just recently that we have learned to harness that energy for use in our homes. New technology allows homeowners to capture that energy and use it to run appliances, heat and cool homes, and power their lighting. Using the sun ...

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Oil, gas producers urge BLM to reconsider proposed rules

The Independent Petroleum Association of America on Monday urged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to reconsider its approach and work with the industry on proposed rules to update, replace and codify three of its Onshore Oil and Gas Orders. The BLM’s proposed rules would result in substantial changes to the way U.S. onshore oil and gas operations are conducted ...

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Matrix Service Company completes gas compressor, storage facility

Ryckman Creek gas compressor and storage facility

Matrix Service Company announced Tuesday that its subsidiary, Matrix Service Inc., reached substantial completion on the rebuild of the Ryckman Creek Resources, LLC gas compressor and storage facility in Wyoming’s Green River Basin. Matrix Service was originally contracted in August 2014 to provide mechanical and construction services to rebuild the Nitrogen Rejection Unit. An explosion and fire destroyed the original ...

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Four tips on finding your mortgage lender guru

Buying a house should be a collaboration throughout every part of the process. It’s one of the few major purchases and commitments you’ll ever make in a lifetime. That’s why it’s crucial to find the right professional who can meet any challenge that arises on the road to your next home. After all, you’ve done the leg work. You’ve talked ...

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Four countries added to global shale oil, natural gas assessment

global shale resources

The Energy Information Administration continues to expand its assessment of technically recoverable shale oil and natural gas resources around the world. The organization added four new countries – Chad, Kazakhstan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates – to the previous 42 countries.  The additions resulted in a 13 percent increase in global assessed total resource estimate for shale oil and ...

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Oil below $40 forces Texas driller into bankruptcy

Oil below $40 forces Texas driller into bankruptcy

A Fort Worth oil company became the 18th driller in Texas to succumb to the oil slump. Energy & Exploration Partners announced that it filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in order to deleverage its balance sheet and achieve a viable capital structure for building long-term value. The company said capital markets have closed ...

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Dazzle your darling this December with these top 10 jewelry gift ideas

A combined 100 years of experience make A Cutting Edge the Midwest’s leading purveyor of diamond and colored gemstone jewelry. And, it is the Midwest’s only jewelry store with expert gem cutters and goldsmiths. Why should you care that stylish settings are crafted to hold their treasures forever? “Quality never goes out of style,” says Jeff, A Cutting Edge’s owner. There ...

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