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Statoil introducing flare capture technology in Bakken

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By: Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Flaring in the Bakken shale is one of the most prominent concerns about the North Dakota industry. About 1 million dollars worth of natural gas is burned per day in the western North Dakota oil fields. Recently, there have been many different committees and technological advances to try to remedy the state’s methane ...

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A new plan for dealing with the climate crisis?

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Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media The recent push by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 has sparked a lot of talk about how to clean up our act. An article by Courtney Coelho for Phys.org details J. Timmons Roberts’ plan to do this best. “Roberts’ proposal, which he co-authored with Marco Grasso of the ...

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Legacy lawsuit encounters another stumbling block

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Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media The legacy lawsuit against 97 energy companies in Louisiana is seeing yet another setback, reports an article by Mark Schleifstein for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Gov. Bobby Jindal has been pushing to kill the lawsuit since it was filed almost a year ago, but the east bank levee board may lose another member that ...

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Consulting firm expects Eagle Ford production to double by 2020

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ Wood Mackenzie, an energy consulting agency, is predicting a large increase in Eagle Ford shale production in the coming years. According to Sanford Nowlin, a reporter for the San Antonio Business Journal writes: Crude oil and condensate output from South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale is expected to double to 2 million barrels per day by 2020, according ...

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Hard facts about the Canada oil sands

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By: Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media The Wall Street Journal’s Chester Dawson published a list of facts about the Canadian tar sands today. It comprises details about production, exports, and how the oil is extracted. Canada’s exports have been steadily declining since the recent shale boom in the United States. However, their production rates continue to gradually climb. Canada ...

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Maps illustrate state-by-state power generation by source

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ From a June 3rd Reuters Data Drive blog post written by Ben Walsh: Yesterday, the Obama administration announced a plan to reduce power plant emissions (from 2005 levels) by 30% by 2030. Reuters‘ Valerie Volvoici and Jeff Mason report that 38% of US power comes from coal, and that “states which rely heavily on coal-fired power plants are thought ...

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Gas-to-liquids plant planned for Lake Charles, LA

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Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Lake Charles, Louisiana could be the home of a new commercial gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in 2015, according to chemicals-technology.com. Calumet Specialty Products Partners has revealed its intent to contribute $25 million to a joint venture for the project. Calumet is a company that specializes in making oil-based products, from asphalt to personal care products. ...

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Ohio will amp up inspections: ODNR

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Responding to amplified development in Ohio’s Utica shale, the state’s Department of Natural Resources is hiring on more inspectors to ensure the safety of the region’s gas wells. Their number has doubled from 25 to 50 since 2010, and inspections rose about 90% in the same time period, to over 23,000. Richard Simmers, head ...

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Haynesville Shale: In store for revival?

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Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media According to an article written by Matt DiLallo for the Motley Fool, with the new push for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a primary energy resource, Haynesville Shale will be put back on the radar in the oil and gas industry. The Haynesville Shale is loaded with natural gas. Chesapeake Energy estimates that it ...

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