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Public auction on federal lands for solar energy draws no bids

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Federal officials are trying to figure out why the Bureau of Land Management’s first-ever auction of public land for solar-energy development failed to attract any bids. According to the Denver Post, no bidders showed up for the first auction for three parcels of land in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, even though five solar development companies had expressed interest in the ...

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Unreported: Nearly 300 ND oil pipeline spills

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ND spills went unreported; state testing website By: James MacPherson, Associated Press, INFORUM BISMARCK – North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said. According to records, the pipeline spills – many of them small – are among ...

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Dakota Resource Council to host oil spill expert this weekend

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Oil spill expert to headline Dakota Resource Council meeting Saturday By: Katherine Lymn, Forum News Service, INFORUM DICKINSON, N.D. – Wilma Subra uses information to empower communities negatively affected by oil and gas development. Some people don’t like that. Subra’s office has been broken into many and her building was even shot at once.But this hasn’t deterred her, and Subra will bring her ...

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Regulator says Tesoro should have been warned

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Company should have been warned of ND pipeline trouble, regulator says BISMARCK – A federal regulator says preliminary test results showing a problem with the oil pipeline that leaked more than 20,000 barrels of Bakken crude should have been available to the company before the leak was discovered.By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service, INFORUM Reul BISMARCK – A federal regulator says ...

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North Dakota, Iran, Nigeria, and Russia…waste not, want not

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By Stephen Edelstein, Guest blogger October 23, 2013 If North Dakota were a country, it would rank fifth behind Russia, Nigeria, Iran and Iraq on the list of worst natural-gas wasters, according to the World Bank. Why is North Dakota ranked so poorly? Because of flaring. The practice costs the state’s mineral-rights owners $1.2 billion per year in lost revenue. Edelstein explains what ...

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How natural gas prices are affected by winter weather

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Natural gas prices are affected by winter weatherNatural gas prices are especially affected during the winter, as many households use natural gas for home heating. Warmer weather translates into less natural gas demand and, therefore, lower prices. Conversely, colder weather translates into more natural gas demand and higher prices. Natural gas prices affect the earnings of major domestic natural gas ...

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What the frack is up with America’s natural gas revolution?

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Americans are being subjected to a massive public relations assault attempting to persuade them that “fracking” for natural gas and oil is the key to America’s energy future and that this change will free them forever from the bondage of oil imports.What has really changed is the nation’s energy conversation. Until recently, it was about how the United States should ...

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$60 million from the US Energy Department dedicated to solar energy

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WASHINGTON – Building on President Obama’s broad-based plan to cut carbon pollution and support clean energy innovation across the country, Energy Secretary Moniz announced today about $60 million to support innovative solar energy research and development. As part of the Department’s SunShot Initiative, these awards will help lower the cost of solar electricity, advance seamless grid integration and support a ...

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