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Midland oil dynasty lands on list of wealthiest families

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Rachael Gleason | Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) Investing in the dusty expanses of West Texas more than 100 years ago has paid off for the Fasken family, which just earned a spot on Forbes’ list of wealthiest dynasties. The prominent Midland oil family ranked No. 127 on the list of billion-dollar fortunes with a net worth of $1.8 billion. “In 1913, ...

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Colorado oil and gas initiatives gaining momentum

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media In the on-going effort to grant local Colorado governments more control over oil and gas operations, two initiatives have received half the signatures required for them to be included on November’s ballot, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report. One of the proposed measures, Initiative 121, aims to bar communities that have banned hydraulic ...

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Oil and gas lead third year of industrial employment gains in Texas

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media For the third year in a row, industrial employment in Texas reported a gain and was led by the oil and gas industry. According to a press release by the Texas Manufacturers Register, a manufacturing database directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc., Texas now hosts 22,567 manufacturers employing over 1.2 million workers. Oil and ...

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Loveland, Colorado voters examine facts, welcome fracking

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Some communities in Colorado seem to have remained unaware that hydraulic fracturing has been happening in their state since 1947. Some cities, such as Lafayette and Boulder, have considered banning the process entirely or placing temporary moratoriums on operations, hoping the extra time will allow for more research to illuminate the currently unknown effects ...

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Radio program looks at complicated relationship between Colorado oil and water

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Oil and water don’t mix. A fact easily observed on a rainy day in any given parking lot. But the relationship between the two has become more complicated as hydraulic fracturing is now a fixture of Colorado’s landscape. Earlier this year, Colorado Public Radio debuted an ongoing series titled ‘Fracking and Water: The Ripple ...

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Same all over: Rural homeowners concerned with noise levels, proximity

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Imagine having the kitchen sink’s garbage disposal running 24 hours a day, or mixing a margarita in a blender… all day long. These appliances generally produce decibel levels of between 80 and 90, loud enough to cause possible hearing damage after eight hours of exposure. Stephanie Paige Ogburn, a reporter for KUNC Community Radio ...

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Happiness is a hole in the ground: Oil & gas workers report lowest levels of depression


Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A research study published earlier this month examined the prevalence of clinical depression in the workforce and found oil and gas employees had reported some of the lowest overall levels of depression. The study, Prevalence rates for depression by industry: a claims database analysis, was led by Cincinnati researcher Lawson Wulsin and colleagues. The ...

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