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Half of continental U.S. oil production comes from new wells

Half of continental U.S. oil production comes from new wells

About half of the oil produced in the continental United States last year came from wells drilled after January 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The data provides insight into the importance of short-cycle shale production and advances in oil industry technologies. Many companies are targeting short-cycle investments, lower-cost projects that take months, rather than years, to come ...

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Williston: From Boomtown to Hometown

Sponsored Content What does a city look like when its population more than doubles in the span of five years? It’s probably difficult to visualize a growth of that scale and momentum, but it’s a transformation city officials and residents of Williston, North Dakota have grappled with since the area’s oil “boom” six years ago. According to Census data, Williston ...

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Oil-price depression brings sleepy feel back to South Texas boomtown

GONZALES — Only a year ago, with oil trading near $100 a barrel, residents of this proud and pretty South Texas boomtown had only one chief complaint: traffic. Heavy-duty trucks bearing gas and equipment were kicking up dust and leaving rural roads pitted. Townspeople don’t have that worry anymore, with roads half-empty as the oil and gas game has slowed. ...

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Williams County to study Williston Crossing development

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Williams County planning committee has voted to study a proposed $500 million mixed-use development amid concerns over infrastructure and emergency services. The Williston Herald reports that county commissioners on the zoning and planning committee voted Thursday to form an ad hoc committee to study the Williston Crossing project. Swiss development firm Stropiq said the project will ...

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Poll finds major energy support in Pennsylvania

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A new poll reveals that Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support energy development in the US, reports PoliticsPA. A survey administered by Harris Poll found that 72 percent of respondents support increased production of oil and natural gas development in the country, while 82 percent reported that they approved of developing the nation’s energy infrastructure. Results were ...

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Severe wastewater violation still not resolved

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Two years ago Halek Operating ND LLC of Dickinson, North Dakota dumped over 800,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater into a inactive oil well threatening the city’s drinking water supply.  The state charged the company with a $1.5 million fine. The company, now dissolved, has not paid the fine and the site remains contaminated. Various environmentalist ...

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NY plans $65 million Watford City development

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Watford City has seen enormous growth from the recent North Dakota oil boom. The formerly tiny North Dakota town has more than doubled in population. A New York-based company, Coltown Properties, has announced that they will be developing the city with projects worth an estimated $65 million. Coltown is planning to build two new ...

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Wyoming unveils website dedicated to energy

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has recently unveiled the state’s new website, energy.wyo.gov, which highlights the state’s developing energy strategies. The website went live last Friday and was announced to the public on Monday. The site features an overview of Wyoming’s energy strategies and provides information and updates regarding various state energy initiatives. In a ...

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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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Wyoming: State officials lease 3,900 immaculate acres to oil and gas company

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Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The Wyoming Star Tribune reports that the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board has granted the lease of approximately 3,900 acres of state land surrounding Battle Mountain to GRMR Oil and Gas for $26,931. The sale of the land is drawing criticism from conservation groups, wildlife agencies and landowners asserting that the development will ...

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