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By John Deede | Google+ John Deede is a Web Content Manager for Shale Plays Media living in Fargo, ND. He studied at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, earning a degree in Business Administration/Marketing Management. His interests include cooking, traveling, permaculture, politics, and economics. In his free time John enjoys skiing, longboarding, playing guitar, painting, and spending time with friends.

Exxon carries out major evacuation from Iraq-oil official

BASRA, Iraq — The head of Iraq’s state-run South Oil Company Dhiya Jaffar said on Wednesday that Exxon Mobil has carried out a “major evacuation” of their staff and BP had evacuated 20% of its staff. He said ENI, Schlumberger, Weatherford, and Baker Hughes had no plans to evacuate staff from Iraq following the lightning advance of Sunni militants through ...

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Canada approves Enbridge pipeline to West Coast


By Julie Gordon and Randall Palmer VANCOUVER/OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government approved the construction of Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway pipeline on Tuesday, setting the stage for a barrage of lawsuits and demonstrations by environmental and aboriginal groups opposed to the project. Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford announced the decision in a statement that was widely expected. He said approval ...

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Russia in need of U.S. technology to tap $8.2 trillion shale oil cache


John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ As the crisis in Ukraine continues on the United States has sought to punish Russian interference in Ukraine through economic sanctions. However, the sanctions have mostly only applied to Russian oligarchs, and oil companies have been largely unaffected. Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson reported on May 28, “There has been no impact on any of our ...

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US forces move into Iraq with security mission

Julie Pace and Lara Jakes | The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces. The U.S. and Iran also held an initial ...

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GOP governors: EPA carbon dioxide rules job killer

Ramit Plushnick-Masti | The Associated Press HOUSTON  — Republican governors from oil-and-gas rich states said Monday that new federal rules designed to cut global warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030 will kill jobs and growth. Texas Gov. Rick Perry hosted Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple in Houston. Mead, whose state produces the most coal ...

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Natural gas pipeline in Ukraine explodes hours after Russia cut supplies (VIDEO)

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ Gazprom had cut the flow of natural gas to Ukraine on Monday after negotiations failed to resolve the dispute over outstanding debt to the company. The bargaining over natural gas payments and discounts has been a trademark for Soviet-style corruption in the region for years, with Ukraine depending heavily on Russia for the vast majority ...

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Clinton: Keystone not a proxy for Canada relations

Rob Gillies | The Associated Press Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline shouldn’t be seen as a proxy for the relationship between Canada and the United States. Clinton gave a speech in Toronto to promote her new book before taking questions from Frank McKenna, Canada’s former ambassador to the U.S. ...

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Ships move into Gulf as US lays out goals for Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier was ordered to move into the Persian Gulf on Saturday as the United State laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is forging the national unity necessary to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George H.W. Bush from the northern Arabian Sea ...

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Stats aplenty, facts fewer in power plant debate

Josh Lederman | The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change. There’s just one problem: Almost none of it is based in reality. That’s because Obama’s ...

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