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NMJC preps for oil, gas careers with new program

Zack Ponce | Carlsbad Current-Argus New Mexico Junior College is developing an oil and gas technology program that has the industry around the Delaware Basin “fired up,” said Kelly Tooker, the program’s director. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Bureau of Land Management State Director Jesse Juen toured NMJC’s Larry Hanna Training and Outreach Center in Hobbs, as well as the program’s ...

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Nevada anti-frackers hope to push through lawsuit

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media As New York continues its hostile fracking debate, another spark of frack-blocking is beginning in Nevada. A rural Nevada coalition is asking a federal judge to block the sale of oil and gas leases it claims will be used for hydraulic fracturing, according to an Associated Press story by Scott Sonner. The group consisting ...

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Could the oil industry actually be growing faster?


Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Few can deny that the energy industry has grown exponentially in the United States in recent years, but it turns out that it could be growing even faster if it weren’t for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). According to a report by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), the ...

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Government is failing in safety of new wells

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Government agencies are failing nationwide in their responsibility to a growing oil boom. In a recent article published by Mother Jones, Tim McDonnell and AJ Vicens elaborate on the shortcomings of well safety inspection.1401 oil and gas wells from 13 states went without safety checks in their drilling phases of development. According to the ...

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Wildfire damage has increased this year

CARLSBAD — The Otis Volunteer Fire Department is an important part of the small community about halfway between Carlsbad and Loving. And during the season for wildfires, the volunteers get plenty of fire fighting opportunities. One of the busy volunteers is Zach Walterscheid. “We go on our fair share of calls,” he says. Before the weather changed, that share was ...

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Risky state oil sites evade flags


Chris Fleisher, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Federal and state inspectors have found no cause for concern when it comes to the six “high priority” oil wells in Pennsylvania. Located in an environmentally sensitive watershed within the Allegheny National Forest, the wells drilled in 2009 have never been the source of permit violations in inspections by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest ...

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$2.9M spent on federal land leases for oil, gas development in southwest ND

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By Michael Hricik, Dickinson Press The Bureau of Land Management auctioned oil and gas leases on federal land for a approximately $2.9 million in three southwest North Dakota counties, according to a release. Companies bought leases for 22 parcels of land in Billings, Golden Valley and Slope counties, said Kristen Lenhardt, a bureau public affairs specialist. Houston-based Marathon Oil Company ...

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Fed govt acknowledges gaps in oil well inspections

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By Hope Yen | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency tasked with managing oil and gas development on Wednesday acknowledged it needed to do more to improve oversight of drilling, pointing to a lack of funding as reasons it failed to inspect oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination. Jeff Krauss, a spokesman ...

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U.S. failed to check risky oil, gas wells

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, highlights substantial gaps in oversight by the agency that manages oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands. ...

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Last day of Four Corners Oil and Gas Conference focuses on Mancos Shale


By Erny Zah, The Daily Times, Farmington, N.M. FARMINGTON — Mancos Shale development once again took center stage during the final day of the Four Corners Oil and Gas Conference at McGee Park. Ken McQueen, WPX Energy’s San Juan Basin director, spoke Thursday morning about the company’s experiences with drilling horizontal wells in the Gallup Sandstone area in the Mancos Shale ...

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