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Oil spill reaches Little Missouri River tributary

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By: JAMES MacPHERSON BISMARCK, N.D. — More than 28,000 gallons of an oily brine that’s a byproduct of oil production leaked from a tank in western North Dakota’s Billings County and reached a tributary of the Little Missouri River before freezing, the North Dakota Health Department said. Kris Roberts, an environmental geologist with the North Dakota Health Department, said Midland, ...

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How oil fracking will benefit you

By Sam Kennedy First fracking gave us more and cheaper natural gas. Now it promises to do the same for oil. TransCanada Corp. announced last week it would begin operations along the southern stretch of its Keystone XL pipeline on Jan. 3. This will allow a glut of crude oil extracted through fracking to be moved from stockpiles in Oklahoma ...

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Phillips 66 gets partner for algae-to-fuel effort


By: Rod Walton Autotrophic, if not automatic, for the people. Phillips 66 hopes it can usher in a new generation of fuels by working with Sapphire Energy Inc. to convert algae into “green” crude oil, the Houston-based refining and research giant announced Tuesday. The work may take several years to complete. The agreement between Phillips 66 and Sapphire is designed ...

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An explosive situation?


WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 3:01 AM AT 1:14 A.M. JULY 6, a warm Saturday morning, a runaway train carrying 35,000 barrels of crude oil from North Dakota careened into the small Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. The wreck sent what one witness called “a tsunami of fire” into a packed nightclub, killing 47 people, ...

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West Virgina Citizens seek more Drilling Protections


By: Ken Ward Jr. CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Citizen groups are pressing West Virginia lawmakers to enact more restrictions to protect residents who live in the midst of the state’s boom in natural gas production. Representatives of the West Virginia Environmental Council and the West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization say the results of recent state-sponsored studies show the need for ...

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Pioneer Natural says harsh winter in Texas may hurt 4th-qtr results


Dec 10 – Oil and gas producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co and its unit Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners said their fourth-quarter results could fall short of their expectations after a severe winter in Texas hurt production. Pioneer Natural had said last month that a severe winter hurt production and drilling operations in the Spraberry/Wolfcamp, Eagle Ford Shale and Barnett Shale ...

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Yemen natural gas complex was hit by explosives last week


By: Daniel Fineren Dec 10 – Yemen’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant complex was targeted with rocket-propelled explosives last Friday, the Yemen LNG Company said in a statement on Tuesday. Yemen’s largest industrial facility was partially evacuated after a small explosion at the gas export terminal at Balhaf on Friday afternoon. “Yemen LNG can confirm that a rocket-launched explosive ...

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Oil recovers to above $110 after biggest fall in 5 weeks


By Florence Tan SINGAPORE, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Brent crude rose toward $110 a barrel on Tuesday, recouping some of the previous session’s sharp losses, as data from China reaffirmed signs of stabilising growth and fuel demand in the world’s second-largest oil consumer.  China’s implied oil demand rose 1.5 percent in November to about 9.94 million barrels per day (bpd) ...

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