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Corps denies easement for DAPL

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Over the weekend, attention in the oil and gas industry was turned to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest. Protesters celebrated a standoff near Cannonball that ultimately led to the announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the easement that would allow the almost complete pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. Assistant Secretary of the ...

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Texas adds 7 rigs; Dec. 2 rig count totals 597

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U.S. oil producers, especially in shale plays across the region, are likely crossing their fingers that OPEC’s commitment to cutting production will help oil prices to inch higher—and stay there. In the meantime, rig counts have inched up slightly. As reported by Baker Hughes, the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas went up a total of four ...

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Trump’s “Contract” promises to lift roadblocks to allow Keystone XL, other pipelines

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Amidst Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests, Keystone XL rises from the dead. Many didn’t think it would ever happen after a denial of necessary permits for its completion by President Obama and the State Department. The Keystone Pipeline System, commissioned in 2010, would run from the so-called “tar sands” in Alberta, through Montana (just west of the Bakken oil field) to ...

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Reuters: Dakota Access will not be re-routed

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Energy Transfer Partners LP Chief Executive Officer Kelcy Warren said the company will not consider rerouting its Dakota Access oil pipeline despite concerns voiced by U.S. native groups, according to an Associated Press interview published on Friday. President Barack Obama said earlier this month that the government was examining ways to reroute the pipeline. Energy Transfer did not immediately respond ...

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U.S. rig count declines by 1 to 568

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Baker Hughes’ latest rig count report shows the number of rigs drilling for oil rose by two this week to 452. Rigs drilling for natural gas was down 2. The total rig count fell by one to 568, still higher than the May low of 404. Total offshore rigs are down 12 from last year at this time. States losing ...

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Hamm joins Trump’s short list of cabinet prospects

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As the dust settles from this year’s presidential election, conversation has already turned to Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet. Big names like Rudy Guiliani, former New York City Mayor, and other “like-minded CEOs,” top the list for positions in Trump’s cabinet. What does this mean for the oil and gas industry? One of the industry’s most prominent businessmen could hold a ...

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Companies announce $1bn climate fund

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The Paris climate change agreement was met with unhappy and even skeptical responses by many, who believe that the agreement was not achievable–especially in the oil and gas industry. In December of 2015. close to 200 countries from around the world made commitments to keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by cutting carbon emissions. The long-term goal of the technically ...

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How much do you know about spray foam insulation?

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Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation is rapidly growing as the insulation of choice throughout North America.  But how much do you know about this amazing product, and all of the benefits?  There are so many features and benefits of SPF, and some of them are surprising! If you’ve had trouble with ice dams as the weather gets colder, SPF can prevent ...

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Will the Dakota Access pipeline be re-routed?

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Re-route the pipeline? A new solution for the dispute near Standing Rock is now on the table, says President Barack Obama. The Huffington Post reported today that Obama commented late Tuesday night on the dispute to the online news site Now This. “My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans. And ...

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