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Carbon-capture technology works, but cost is still prohibitive


Hal Bernton | Seattle Times For 14 years, an electric-power plant in Massachusetts used a chemical solvent process to capture carbon dioxide released from the combustion of natural gas. As the U.S. enters a new era of power generation shaped by abundant supplies of natural gas, this carbon-capture technology holds the potential for dramatically lowering emissions from natural gas and ...

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Natural gas, coal have defined Pittsburgh’s history


Anya Litvak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette If the current tug and pull between coal and natural gas rings familiar, it’s because it was born in Pittsburgh and has defined the region’s energy scene more than any other force, according to Joel Tarr. “The most significant aspects of Pittsburgh’s energy history are those involving transitions between coal and natural gas,” Tarr, professor ...

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Colleges in Western Pa. to emphasize curricula for energy, industrial fields


Aaron Auperlee | Tribune-Review Colleges in Western Pennsylvania are gearing up to emphasize curricula that prepares students to jobs in energy and industrial fields. Rosedale Technical Institute in Kennedy, which on Wednesday will change its name to Rosedale Technical College, is among schools aiming to help students find work in many fields, especially natural gas drilling in deep shale. “Industrial ...

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Exclusive: U.S. considering options if oil export ban challenged – sources


Timothy Gardner and Valerie Volcovici | Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obama administration officials are concerned about the legality of a ban on oil exports and have begun discussing how to deal with potential challenges from nations that want to buy U.S. crude, two sources said. Officials in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the National Security Council have ...

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Committee taking 45 more days to review fracking rules


Julie Wernau | Chicago Tribune The Illinois legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules will take an additional 45 days to review rules that would govern horizontal hydraulic fracturing in the state, saying they would like time to review the complicated regulations. The 12-member committee met Tuesday in Chicago to review the rules — one of 52 items on its agenda ...

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EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan


Dina Cappiello | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. The agency said it was still aiming to finalize the rules by next summer. The ...

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China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff


Ian Mader | Associated Press BEIJING — The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday. The discovery by China National Offshore Oil Corp. was made about a month after its rig withdrew ...

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Planned pipeline expansions will raise natural gas outlook


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An already-surging domestic natural gas market will be bolstered further by a bevy of new and expanded pipeline projects slated to begin operation within the next couple of years, argues Margaret Ryan in an article published today in Interfax Energy’s Natural Gas Daily. Onshore natural gas production in the U.S. currently averages 1.95 billion ...

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Oil and gas companies court military veterans as shale boom grows

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Madasyn Czebiniak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette John MacZura, an Army infantry veteran, started work a week after graduation. Before receiving his petroleum engineering degree from Penn State in 2013, Mr. MacZura, 30, had already piqued the interest of five or six oil and gas companies. He had job offers from three. He eventually joined Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas, where he ...

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