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Natural gas prices reviving industry

natural gas

The nation’s shale gas revolution is often touted as the quickest route to oil independence for the country. But natural gas, pumped from shale plays that include the Eagle Ford in South Texas, also is spurring billion-dollar investments in the petrochemical industry, including big-dollar spending to make methanol. While not a household word, methanol nevertheless is almost everywhere. It’s used ...

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Oil drilling opponents ask Collier lawmakers to pursue fracking ban, buffer

Golden Gate Estates

IMMOKALEE — Opponents to oil drilling in Golden Gate Estates implored Collier lawmakers Tuesday to back a resolution banning hydraulic fracturing and to create a one-mile buffer zone between any well and homes to protect residents in the Estates. Collier County’s five legislative delegation members, meeting Tuesday in Immokalee to hear what residents want them to focus on in Tallahassee ...

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Canadian delegation comes down for Bakken info


WILLISTON, N.D. — A Canadian delegation visited the Bakken region last week to help prepare for oil development in Northwest Territories.By: Jerry Burnes, Forum News Service A Canadian delegation visited the Bakken region last week to help prepare for oil development in the Northwest Territories. David Ramsay, minister of industry, tourism and investment and minister of transportation for the government of ...

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George P. Mitchell revolutionized oil and gas exploration

Father of Fracking Dies

Mr. Mitchell’s innovative use of horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the 1990s to release gas from a previously-impermeable rock formation near Fort Worth earned him the nickname the “father of the Barnett Shale.” Those drilling breakthroughs revolutionized oil and gas exploration from Pennsylvania to Poland and the Yukon Territory to Argentina. “My engineers kept telling me, ‘You ...

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