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Modest assessment of local Monterey Shale doesn’t dim local oil producers’ hopes

The federal government has again cast doubt on the economic potential of the Monterey Formation underlying the San Joaquin Basin — and as happened last time, the ones with the most money on the proposition, Kern County oil producers, brushed it off. On Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey released a new assessment of how much oil, natural gas and natural ...

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Anti-frackers request action from Lafayette County

The Lafayette Board of County Commissioners was asked to consider supporting a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” by a group of activists during their meeting on Aug. 10. On Sept. 14, the Board tabled the resolution for their next Monday meeting in October. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fracking is the well stimulation practice of ...

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Oil industry report defends wastewater injection

Scientists know wastewater injection wells are responsible for earthquake swarms in Oklahoma. Stopping the quakes is another matter. In 2014, Oklahoma recorded 585 earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater. Thus far in 2015, United States Geological Survey data reveals more than 500 earthquakes of magnitude greater than 3.0 has occurred in the state, including 16 quakes with a 4.0 magnitude ...

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Utica bigger than Marcellus

CANONSBURG, Pa. — It’s been known for some time that the Marcellus shale is just the beginning of the natural gas horizontal fracking boom for this part of the country. More than 200 industry members got a look at the next big thing Tuesday: The Utica shale. A variety of experts presented highlights of the Utica Shale Play Book Study, ...

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Arctic drilling support vessel heading to Oregon for repair

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Royal Dutch Shell PLC will send a damaged ship carrying equipment required for Arctic offshore oil drilling from Alaska back to the West Coast for repairs. But spokesman Curtis Smith said Monday the company can begin top-hole work without the 380-foot icebreaker Fennica and the repairs should not interrupt Shell’s schedule for drilling two exploratory wells this ...

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