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The Latest: CEO denies fracking will harm endangered belugas

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an environmental group’s contention that hydraulic fracturing under Alaska’s Cook Inlet will harm endangered beluga whales: 9:28 a.m. The chief executive officer of a Texas company that plans to drill below Alaska’s Cook Inlet says there’s no threat to endangered beluga whales from proposed hydraulic fracturing. Benjamin Johnson of Fort Worth-based BlueCrest Energy ...

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County officials voting on Deep Creek Lake watershed plan

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — The Garrett County Commissioners are considering a Deep Creek Lake watershed management plan that would restrict natural-gas drilling around Maryland’s largest freshwater lake. The vote is on the agenda for a meeting Monday afternoon. The watershed covers 41,000 acres around the lake, including many vacation homes and tourism businesses. The plan would prohibit natural gas wellheads ...

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Virginia groups want stronger safeguards on fracking

RICHMOND, Va. — Environmental and public interest groups are urging officials to halt any new fracking efforts in Virginia until they complete a thorough review of the state’s standards. The groups say Virginia’s current safeguards on fracking are inadequate and outdated. They’re urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to conduct a comprehensive review before approving any new permits for oil and gas ...

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Anadarko gears up for horizontal drilling in Fort Lupton

FORT LUPTON — Oil and gas activity may be trailing off throughout the country, but officials at Anadarko Petroleum are gearing up to make their southern Weld County acreage more active than it has been in five years. Officials from the Fort Lupton city, along with economic development folks and energy industry advocates, celebrated Anadarko — one of the top ...

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Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster

PHILADELPHIA — They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest. While railroads have long carried hazardous materials through congested urban areas, cities are now scrambling to formulate emergency plans and to train firefighters amid the latest safety threat: a fiftyfold increase in crude ...

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Anadarko to begin horizontal drilling in Fort Lupton

FORT LUPTON, Colo. — Oil and gas activity is set to increase in northern Colorado as Anadarko Petroleum develops its drilling program in Fort Lupton as part of a much larger project in Weld County. The Greeley Tribune reports Fort Lupton officials and energy industry advocates on Tuesday celebrated Anadarko, one of the top two oil and gas companies in ...

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The Bakken and the world’s largest oil field: What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between the Bakken and Saudi Arabia’s largest oil reserve? About 50 billion barrels and 13,000 square miles, reports Bloomberg Business. Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producing country, and its Ghawar oil field is a daunting prospect for many U.S. shale oil drillers. Ghawar is the largest conventional oil reserve in the world, and its narrow, deep ...

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Barnett Shale wells rank high for water usage

Drillers using hydraulic fracturing in the Barnett Shale were among the largest users of water when plumbing the depths in search of oil and natural gas, according to a first-ever nationwide analysis of water usage by energy companies by the U.S. Geological Survey. In a peer-reviewed paper to be published in Water Resources Research, energy companies working in the watershed ...

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Seismologists monitor northeastern Kentucky as companies show interest in fracking Rogersville shale

WEBBVILLE — If the continued interest in exploring for oil far below the surface of northeastern Kentucky ever results in a production boom, researchers will be ready to gauge the effect on earthquakes. Seismologists with the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky are installing a network of highly sensitive seismic monitoring stations in the area this summer. Other ...

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Eagle Ford on the road to cheaper production

By next year, production in the Eagle Ford shale could be $10 to $15 cheaper per barrel, according to new estimates from Wood Mackenzie analysts. Fuel fix reported on the analysts’ findings, which were stated to a meeting with journalists last week. Thanks to more efficient drilling of horizontal wells, speeding up pressure pumping systems and embracing better technology, initial ...

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