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Optimism in oil spills?

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By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ Kinder Morgan has been criticized heavily this week because of their controversial statement concerning the benefits of oil spills. The context of the comment is a 15,000-page proposal for an attempted expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline that runs through British Columbia. The application walks through each potential disaster that the pipeline could create and ...

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Opinion: Deer Lakes Park negotiations bungled

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Shane Thielges|Shale Plays Media Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County council voted to allow drilling for natural gas in Deer Lakes Park Wednesday, bringing an end to months of belabored and emotionally heated debate. In a 9-5 vote, the council authorized a joint drilling operation by energy companies Range Resources and Huntley & Huntley that will begin later this year. Five wells will ...

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Shell’s Eco-marathon champion boasts 2,824 MPG

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By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Shell’s Eco-marathon competition is a yearly international contest that challenges high school and college students to engineer ultra energy-efficient cars. Shell holds competitions in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The Eco-marathon became an annual competition in France in 1989, America in 2007, and Asia in 2010.  There are two variations of the competition, ...

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2 New UGI pipelines will call Pennsylvania home


John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corporation of Pennsylvania, announced two new pipeline projects it intends to construct in the area. The total combined cost of the pipeline project will be about $80 million. UGI says its projects will benefit the region economically by creating construction jobs and eventually by lowering utilities costs ...

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When oil gives back, communities can flourish

John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Earlier this morning, The Midland Independent School District revealed in a press release that a few heavy hitters in the oil and gas industry are doing their part in securing more teachers and showing commitment to progress in the district.  Some of the notable oil and gas companies include Chevron and Concho Resources. According ...

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Oil money helps with a pre-oil need in New Town


By: Mike Kopp, Shale Plays Media     The need for low-income housing in New Town pre-dates the current oil boom, but it’s money from the oil activity that is helping to alleviate some of the housing crunch. The President of the North Segment Community Development Corporation, Elgin Crows Breast stated that Wooden Bowl Estates will provide one-, two- and three-bedroom ...

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Coulda, woulda, shoulda


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Contributer There’s a lot of “coulda, woulda, shoulda” going on in North Dakota politics right now. That’s to be expected in an election year in a state with a political party – the Democrats – that is desperate to find a bath out of the political woods and back into relevance. Relieved by North Dakota voters ...

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2013 sees Canadian gas imports fall again

Shane Thielges|Shale Plays Media Natural gas imports from Canada fell for the 6th year in a row in 2013, according to a study newly released by the Department of Energy. The United States imported 2.868 trillion cubic feet (or tcf) in 2013, the lowest amount in 19 years. That’s 6% less than in 2012, which saw the purchase of 3.046 ...

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Work continues on Thunder Butte Refinery


Construction on the new Thunder Butte Clean Fuels Refinery is in full swing. Located southwest of Minot near the small town of Makoti, N.D., on the Fort Berthold reservation, the refinery has been a long time in the making. Workers broke ground May 9, 2013, grading the landscape and preparing for construction. Since then, the facility has begun to take ...

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