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BLM: No Casper O&G leases until 2016

After a kerfuffle with Converse County residents last year, The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will shelve plans for 22,000 acres of oil and gas leases until 2016. According to a Casper Star Tribune article, The dispute arose when the BLM leased 240 acres of land near the Rolling Hills community. By deferring leases for the area, which includes ...

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Alachua County supports Florida fracking ban

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Local officials in north Florida have passed a resolution supporting a statewide ban on fracking in the state. Alachua County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to support two bills in the state Legislature that would ban the practice in Florida. Fracking is a process where water, sand and chemicals are shot at high pressure into underground rock formations ...

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Hearing Wednesday seeks Va. say on offshore drilling

NORFOLK, Va. — The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking the public’s say on the prospect of oil and gas drilling off Virginia’s coast. The agency has scheduled a public meeting Wednesday in Norfolk to collect comments on the Obama administration’s plan to open Atlantic waters to drilling. Waters off Virginia are included. BOEM’s visit to Virginia is ...

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Firm launches Mideast operations from Bahrain

MANAMA — Canadian oil and gas industry solution provider Katch Kan has launched its Middle East headquarters in Bahrain. Its top official said the company would have a 100-strong team to address ‘one of the wealthiest parts of the world with energy-related natural resources’. The company’s founder, president and chief executive Quinn Holtby told the GDN that Katch Kan’s range ...

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HR expert to oil companies: use care with job cuts

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With forecasts for U.S. oil prices to reach abysmal depths of $20 per barrel, oil and gas companies have scrambled to cut spending. The main belt-tightening method companies have utilized has been job cuts, resulting in waves of mass layoffs. But according to a Denver Business Journal article, laying off employees may not be the best resolution to a diminishing ...

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Texas Tech study proves the prowess of the Permian

In August 2014, a very precise and prolific study was released by Texas Tech University titled “The Economic Impact of the Permian Basin’s Oil and Gas Industry.” The study is an 80-page report that provides estimates of the 2013 economic impact of the Permian Basin’s oil and gas industry and examines these impacts at the county level as well as ...

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Greeley O&G developer dies at 94

A businessman and entrepreneur credited for much of Greeley’s economic development died in a car accident Saturday at the age of 94, according to a Greeley Tribune report. Elmer Lundvalle had a hand in many of the city’s businesses, namely Lundvall Brothers Inc., a gas company he operated with his brother, Roy. “He was one who had a fair amount ...

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La. environmental lobby gains prominent ally

BATON ROUGE, La. — Environmentalists have always had a tough slog in Louisiana, where the oil and gas industry provides tens of thousands of jobs and chemical plants dot the landscape along the Mississippi River. But the cause has picked up a high-profile sponsor in the last few years, retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, the military leader who won ...

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Plan calls for expanding Gulf of Mexico reef sanctuary

NEW ORLEANS — A federal marine sanctuary protecting coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico could grow five times in size under a plan being proposed to safeguard an even larger area of the Gulf from scavengers looking for historic shipwrecks, ships dropping anchor, commercial fishing and oil and gas drilling. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to enlarge ...

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