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47 striking photos of the ND oil patch


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media In a recent photo blog post, photo journalist Andrew Burton displays 47 breathtaking photos of the North Dakota oil patch. The photos range from actual workers to oil rigs surrounded by the badlands.  There are many aerial photos showing western North Dakota’s energy development from a different perspective than would usually be seen. He ...

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Happiness is a hole in the ground: Oil & gas workers report lowest levels of depression


Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A research study published earlier this month examined the prevalence of clinical depression in the workforce and found oil and gas employees had reported some of the lowest overall levels of depression. The study, Prevalence rates for depression by industry: a claims database analysis, was led by Cincinnati researcher Lawson Wulsin and colleagues. The ...

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Estimated Marcellus, Utica gas totals rise


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A story from Marketwire today reveals that lifetime estimates of total natural gas recovery from the Marcellus and Utica shales have risen. The consulting service ICF International said in its Second-Quarter 2014 Detailed Production Report that total daily production from gas wells in the Marcellus and Utica regions are now expected to reach 34 ...

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Active shooter alert issued at Minot AFB (updated)


Shale Plays Media Staff Report Update: The unauthorized entry was not an active shooter but a marine that ran the gate, though an active shooter alert was issued. An unauthorized entry occurred on the Minot Air force Base this morning around 8:20am. The Minot AFB went on lock down until further notice around 8:30 am. The lock down was single-point of ...

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The oil export ban calamity

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Although the United States still holds onto a nearly 40 year old ban on exporting crude oil, many companies have found a pretty slick way to get some of this product out of the country, and according to the Wall Street Journal, The Obama Administration just gave the technicality an important green light. Companies ...

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McClendon partners with Tall Oak Midstream LLC for Ok. pipeline


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Aubrey McClendon, the natural gas tycoon widely known as a pioneering figure of the US shale revolution, has acquired a stake in Tall Oak Midstream LLC’s planned Oklahoma pipeline. Bloomberg reports that McClendon’s American Energy Partners has committed existing transmission lines to the pipeline and processing network in exchange for a minority interest in ...

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Researchers detect magnetic pulses prior to earthquakes

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media As hydraulic fracking continues to produce ground-breaking news, side effects of the process are beginning to tremor with life. Scientists across the nation have been examining the impacts of fracking, trying to keep pace with technological progress. But some of their work is getting shaken up by reports of earthquakes being possibly linked to ...

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Pa.’s Shawville coal plant to convert to natural gas


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media GantDaily.com reports today that Pennsylvania’s Shawville Power Plant will convert from coal power to natural gas, according to parent company NRG Energy Inc. The plant has been slated for closure since February 29, 2012 when State Rep. Camille “Bud” George, D-74 of Clearfield County, announced that environmental and health concerns would prompt its deactivation. It will ...

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