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By John Bestoloffe | Google+ My name is John Bestoloffe and I write for Shale Plays Media LLC which owns Bakken.com, Marcellus.com, and EagleFordTexas.com, Permianshale.com, Haynesville.com, and Niobrarachalk.com. Writing has always been my passion and now I am able to live my dream of being a Journalist. I went to school at North Dakota State University and live in Fargo ND with my wife and 2 children. As I start out in my new adventure reporting on the various Shale plays here in ND, I feel a sense of accomplishment in realizing my dream. When I’m not writing, I enjoy mountain biking, hunting, cruising on my motorcycle, and fishing.

Critics find shale gas plan too lax


COLUMBUS — An industry-backed proposal to raise the tax on shale oil and natural gas drilling in Ohio while providing for other industry tax breaks could actually drain resources from the state, critics argued Wednesday. Expected new revenue from the higher tax is uncertain, particularly since it would be partially offset by other breaks, raising doubt enough would be available ...

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Report says U.S. won’t break free of petro-politics

petro politics

WASHINGTON — Former national security leaders are warning that even as ever more crude flows from American fields, the U.S. still will be tethered to the global politics of oil and involved in unstable regions that supply it. In a report issued Wednesday, a group of former military brass, presidential advisers, ambassadors and politicians said it’s an illusion that surging ...

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Heitkamp says time is now for decision on Keystone


By HENRY C. JACKSON Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the Obama administration should make a decision soon on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. And she says that decision should be to go ahead with the project.Heitkamp met Wednesday with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer.The Canadian officials ...

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Duke Study Finds an Effective Wastewater Removal Method

fracking water

By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Fracking wastewater is far and beyond one of the most talked about and criticized outputs from hydraulic  fracturing. The chemicals found in its wastewater are what some American citizens believe to be the cause of the contamination of the ground water where fracking has been occurring.  There are many new ways to dispose of, ...

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NC fracking panel passes chemical disclosure rule

oil rig

RALEIGH — Fracking companies won the right to keep secret the chemical cocktails they pump underground during shale gas drilling in North Carolina under a chemical disclosure rule approved Tuesday by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission. The public safety standard will help the energy companies protect their secret sauce used in natural gas drilling, but critics said it would ...

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Florida House subcommittee approves fracking disclosure bill


NAPLES — A bill aimed at hydraulic fracturing disclosure requirements has passed its first hurdle of the 2014 legislative session. The state House Agriculture and Natural Resources subcommittee approved House Bill 71, which would require the state to put disclosure requirements in place before the start of hydraulic fracturing, a type of oil and gas drilling known as fracking. A ...

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NJ County colleges offer program for natural gas workers

Atlantic Cape Community College

Several area community colleges are partnering with South Jersey Gas to train a new batch of technicians who can install and maintain natural gas lines in the region. Atlantic Cape Community College and Cumberland County College are each holding information sessions this week for prospective students for a 124-hour course that starts February. County colleges in Gloucester and Salem counties ...

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Crude Market Update: January 13th

market update

Oil Inventories Continue to Rise Crude Oil prices after Wednesdays EIA report declined 1.45% for the 24 hour period, closing at 92.61 after a report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has showed that fuel stockpiles in the US rose more than expected last week. Stockpiles rose by 5.83 million barrels to 125 million, surpassing analysts’ estimate of a gain ...

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Energy use projections for 2014 show increase in renewable power, industrial electricity demand


The U.S. Energy Information Administration offered its energy outlook for 2014, saying residential energy use should decline overall while industrial use grows. Beyond that, fossil fuel production will grow and more renewable energy will come on line. The agency’s key predictions: Renewables: U.S. wind power generation capacity is forecast to increase 8.8 percent this year and grow another 15 percent ...

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DPS talks about adding more teachers


As more students register with Dickinson Public Schools each week, school officials are looking to hire more teachers to meet the demand. At a meeting of the Dickinson Public School Board Budget Committee on Wednesday morning at the Central Administration Building, Assistant Superintendent Vince Reep spoke about the recruiting efforts as well as the need for more funds for payroll ...

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