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Fracking raises workers’ salaries, cuts costs for states

The Washington Examiner via the Colorado Springs Gazette With little and at times fabricated evidence, Big Green activists and their supporters in government have worked hard to undermine the energy revolution underway in the U.S. Exploiting fear and ignorance, they seek to convince Americans that the current natural gas boom propping up the country’s sagging economy is despoiling the earth, ...

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Wall Street’s latest fad is built on sand

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Super-sized hydraulic fracturing jobs, which use vast amounts of sand to coax more oil and gas from shale, have led to astronomical returns for investors in companies that mine the tiny particles. The question is whether those super-sized gains can continue. Demand has jumped for the sand used in hydraulic fracturing, which blasts it, along with water, ...

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Wyoming: Oil, well, there goes the neighborhood

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media As most of the population watches the fracking boom explode from an outsider’s perspective, there remains a segment of unsuspecting residents scattered across the nation unprepared for oil and gas to move into their backyards. In a recent report Wyoming Public Radio examined how the increase of mining activity in the Niobrara shale play ...

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Colorado initiatives for local control of drilling OK’d for signatures

By Steve Raabe | The Denver Post via the Broomfield Enterprise Two more ballot initiatives that could limit oil and gas drilling have been approved for gathering of petition signatures by the Colorado Supreme Court. Initiative 88 would require new oil and gas wells to be located at least 2,000 feet from the nearest occupied structure. Current state law establishes ...

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Neighbors miffed as refinery spews “ash”

James Chilton | The Wyoming Triune-Eagle CHEYENNE – Residents living northeast of the HollyFrontier oil refinery are looking for answers after an incident Friday left their neighborhoods shrouded in an ash-like substance. Lyn Vredenburg, who lives near the intersection of Ninth Street and Hot Springs Avenue, said the sky was clear when she came home from work at about 5:30 ...

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Smoke from Arizona wildfire drifts into Colorado

The Associated Press PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in New Mexico and Arizona is drifting into Colorado. The National Weather Service said Monday that pollution from the fire was expected in central and southern Colorado. The sheriff in Douglas County, just south of Denver, says the smoke is visible there. Fire officials say a wildfire that is nearing ...

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Recognition for Niobrara discovery in Colorado

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Last week, the largest gas and oil operator in the State of Colorado, WPX Energy, received the Best Discovery award from Oil and Gas Investor magazine for the company’s natural gas mining operations in the Niobrara Shale play. The discovery was originally announced in January 2013. Since then WPX Energy has reported that the ...

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‘Urine’ for a sustainable future

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Everybody has to answer nature’s call, and soon the undignified act of visiting the restroom in the middle of the night might also be able to power the lights guiding the way back to bed. In a study published last week in Nature, South Korean researchers demonstrated that carbon, a crucial component used in ...

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