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Jindal: Opposing Keystone XL won’t stop oil sands


Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media The Keystone XL pipeline is a hot issue, with many politicians divided on the issue. Gov. Bobby Jindal has made no secret of the fact that he supports the project, but today a column by the governor was published in the National Review online putting more pressure on Obama to pass the bill and ...

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Environmentalist organization takes one step forward, two steps back on oil by rail petition


Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Recently, the environmentalist organization Forest Ethics created an online mapping tool illustrating the routes of trains moving crude oil. The citizens group estimates that 25 million Americans live in what they call “blast zones”, areas they deem are places where disasters are waiting to happen. The release of the interactive map comes along with ...

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Fruitful gas yield spurs 6-month low price


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Natural gas prices have dropped to their lowest point in six months after inventory reports revealed much higher stores than expected. Wall Street Journal reports 93 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas were added to US stockpiles during the week of July 4, beating estimates by 1 bcf and the five-year average by 21 ...

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4 reasons Thorium could be the future of nuclear energy (and 2 reasons it hasn’t happened yet)


Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media “You don’t see any oil refineries in Star Trek. You don’t see any coal mines.” – Kirk Sorenson The world eyes nuclear energy with skepticism. It is expensive to build nuclear facilities, it creates far fewer jobs in comparison to that of the oil and gas industry, and it carries immense risk. Catastrophes due ...

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New industry standards create open relationship between operators and impacted communities

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The American Petroleum Institute (API) has issued new and specific standards that will engage unconventional oil and gas operators with the U.S. communities being affected by development. Oil and Gas Journal reports that the new community engagement guidelines are similar to what already exists for railways and pipelines. In a statement to reporters on ...

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North Dakota’s annual pay increased this year, thanks to oil and gas development


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media  Google+ North Dakota’s income average is on the rise, thanks to the well-paying jobs available in Western North Dakota’s oil producing counties. It has increased from $45,909 in 2012 to $49,779 in 2013. It has jumped 44 percent since 2007. Data shows the top rated counties are: Williams, Slope, McKenzie, Dunn, Mountrail, Stark, Mercer, ...

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