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Tar sands oil Albany-bound?

Port of Albany

Brian Nearing | Times Union ALBANY — A Houston-based oil company with a terminal at the Port of Albany is poised to open its rebuilt rail terminal in New Jersey — connected to Albany via rail — to shipments of Canadian tar sands oil. This spring, the head of Buckeye Partners told investors that its rebuilt Perth Amboy terminal would ...

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Germany pushes for solution to Ukraine gas spat

Associated Press BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for a solution to the long-running gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine ahead of a meeting of the two countries’ energy ministers this week. Though Merkel noted “small successes” in the overall effort to calm the crisis in Ukraine, she said a long-lasting solution remained far off. Speaking to business ...

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N. Carolina county weighing in on proposed fracking regs


Ray Gronberg | The Herald-Sun DURHAM — County officials will tell the state its draft regulations for the fracking industry aren’t tough enough, especially when it comes to allowing local governments a place at the table. “The bottom line, we feel, is the proposed rules do not adequately protect human health and the environment, nor do they adequately allow local ...

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Pennsylvania inspectors key to Marcellus regulation


Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Inspectors are the front line of the state’s effort to ensure development in the Marcellus is done right and with the least environmental impact possible. The Post-Gazette’s analysis of every fine the state levied against Marcellus drillers from 2005 through June 1 this year shows that a third of spills (59 of 179) were ...

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Production hits new highs in Eagle Ford, Bakken


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Oil production in the Eagle Ford and Bakken shales continues to climb, according to the analyst company Platts. Petro Global News reports that production in the shales grew by a combined 78,000 barrels per day in August, a 3.1 percent increase over July. The benchmark once again sets new all-time production records. Eagle Ford’s ...

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Pa. system for tracking compliance at Marcellus Shale well sites in disrepair

Drilling new wells

Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A Post-Gazette analysis of DEP records provides a detailed look at the Marcellus Shale industry and its regulation, showing the serious problems in spotting well-site incidents, record keeping, and hiring adequate numbers of inspectors; it also shows how the industry has responded to accidents and surrounding publicity. This is the first of three parts. ...

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Negative publicity does more damage to Marcellus Shale drilling companies than fines


Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The state Department of Environmental Protection fines drillers to try to get them to change behavior, but to giant Marcellus Shale drilling companies, $10,000 or even $100,000-plus fines are inconsequential. For them, the worst part of a well-site accident is bad publicity. “The fine is nowhere near as damaging as the press coverage and ...

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PSEG signs on to PennEast pipeline


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Another energy company has signed on to the highly anticipated PennEast Pipeline project headed for Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Business reports. PSEG Power LLC, a subsidiary of the Public Service Enterprise Group, will have a 12 percent interest in the pipeline, which will transmit natural gas from Marcellus shale wells to consumer markets in eastern ...

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‘Don’t frack the Ohio River!’, W. Virginia citizens urge Tomblin


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media West Virginia residents sent a letter to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin this week with a simple message: don’t frack under the Ohio River! The concerned citizens groups hope to convince Tomblin to reconsider a proposal by the state Department of Environmental Protection to drill for natural gas underneath the Ohio River. The Department announced ...

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