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County holds off on fracking due to low oil prices

ASHTABULA, Ohio — Officials in northeast Ohio say drilling in shale deposits is on hold due to decreasing oil prices. The Star-Beacon in Ashtabula reports that although geographic studies have shown there are large shale deposits throughout Ashtabula county, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on hold due to economic reasons. State Rep. John Patterson of Jefferson tells the newspaper that ...

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Hazardous materials safety downsizes, pipelines continue to leak unreported


By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has recently offered a number of their employees buyouts to decrease their staff by 9 percent. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is the federal regulator for the nation’s pipelines and crude railcars. Their website states that their mission is to “protect the people and the ...

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Farmers still desperate for rail service

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By Stephen J. Lee, Forum News Service  The slow rail service threatening the livelihood of farmers in the Upper Midwest has gotten better in recent weeks, but at the Forest River Bean Co., the railcars ordered from BNSF or Canadian Pacific are still two to three months behind, said the company president. Brian Schanilec, a fifth generation farmer, called the crisis ...

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Spill safety: Better communications latest state response to oil transportation

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By Don Davis ST. PAUL — North Dakota oil is a regular discussion item around the Minnesota Legislature, with improving communications among oil transportation companies, public safety officials and state government the latest topic. Primarily, lawmakers have concentrated on how to deal with oil spills, explosions and other disasters, but they also have begun dipping into financial issues. Today, the Senate ...

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Coal trucks to stop rolling through Mercer County


 By Brian Gehring Highway 200A between Beulah and the Missouri River should be less congested starting today. For most of January, a fleet of 50 dump trucks owned by Northern Improvement has been hauling lignite coal to Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s LeLand Olds stations near Stanton. Curt Person, spokesman for Basin Electric, said the 250 loads of coal a day for ...

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Obama orders review of U.S. energy infrastructure


WASHINGTON Jan 9 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday directed his administration to conduct a broad review focused on infrastructure required for “transporting, transmitting, and delivering energy,” the White House said. In a memo establishing the Quadrennial Energy Review, Obama said a related task force would develop recommendations and submit a report to the president every four years beginning ...

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