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An energy opportunity that went from solar to supply

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Madasyn Czebiniak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Paul and Nanette Battista were struggling to find the right business model. They started with visions of a solar company and then moved on to selling maintenance repair supplies for manufacturing companies. In 2004, inspiration struck in the form of a Marcellus Shale gas well. That well, drilled three miles from their Mount Pleasant home, ...

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Mexican Senate approves opening of oil sector

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Congress approved a comprehensive energy reform that will break more than seven decades of state monopoly and dramatically expand the role of foreign and private companies in the country’s oil and gas industry. The package of new laws approved late Wednesday will now go to the desk of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has made ...

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OSHA inspections increase after spike in fatalities

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is going to increase their presence in the North Dakota oil patch for the next month in a “safety blitz.” The organization has been present in the area since 2010. Workplace fatalities have been an ongoing issue in North Dakota, but not only in the oil industry. ...

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Judge tosses challenges to state’s delay on fracking

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Joe Mahoney | Oneonta Daily Star Advocates for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York suffered a new legal setback Monday when a state judge dismissed twin lawsuits alleging that state officials are abusing their power by delaying a decision on drilling regulations. Acting Supreme Court Justice Roger McDonough ruled that the plaintiffs in the case, the Joint Landowners ...

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North Dakota’s annual pay increased this year, thanks to oil and gas development

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media  Google+ North Dakota’s income average is on the rise, thanks to the well-paying jobs available in Western North Dakota’s oil producing counties. It has increased from $45,909 in 2012 to $49,779 in 2013. It has jumped 44 percent since 2007. Data shows the top rated counties are: Williams, Slope, McKenzie, Dunn, Mountrail, Stark, Mercer, ...

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New York’s traditional drilling industry hurt by moratorium

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media New York has seen lots of discussion recently surrounding long term bans on hydraulic fracturing in the state. In fact, a coalition of doctors recently recommended such action based on health concerns. In practice, though, an unofficial moratorium has existed in the state since 2008, meaning any development has progressed very slowly. A good ...

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Flaring illuminates red-tape, points to growing national trend

By Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media In a land speckled with oil rigs, light refracts through the shimmering flames of natural gas vents and shines through rolls of bureaucratic red-tape, revealing a growing energy trend. With the continued advancement of the natural gas industry and its continued venting into the atmosphere, private and commercial entities alike are refining the ...

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U.S. industry gears up to fight Obama’s climate rules

By Roberta Rampton | Reuters A U.S. plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants is likely to come under attack this summer by industry opponents in a bid to stir voter anger ahead of elections in November, when voters in states such as Kentucky and West Virginia could decide whether Democrats keep control of the Senate. The Environmental Protection Agency is ...

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