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Keystone makes it out of congress, next stop Obama

Keystone legislation is on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk as the final vote by the Republican majority Congress came to a close Wednesday afternoon. The Keystone XL Pipeline Act passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 270-152. The Senate had passed a similar bill late last month. Even though this is the furthest the Keystone ...

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Mariner East 2 pipeline gets two public forums

Sunoco Logistics announced this week it will be hosting two open houses in central Pennsylvania regarding its proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline project. The Mariner East 2 would stretch 350 miles and run parallel to its sister pipeline, the Mariner East 1.  The $2.5 billion pipeline would transport natural gas liquids across southern Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook Industrial complex.  ...

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BLM: No Casper O&G leases until 2016

After a kerfuffle with Converse County residents last year, The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will shelve plans for 22,000 acres of oil and gas leases until 2016. According to a Casper Star Tribune article, The dispute arose when the BLM leased 240 acres of land near the Rolling Hills community. By deferring leases for the area, which includes ...

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Senate bill introduced to expedite pipeline permitting

On Monday U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce flaring and improve the capture process for natural gas across North Dakota and other states by reducing federal pipeline permitting delays. Heitkamp introduced the bill with Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming. The proposed bill would require the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to respond in a timely manner ...

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… Drone

Eastern Ohio skies may be filled with drones instead of birds and planes if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows it.  Engineering firms have begun looking into the cost-saving devices for surveying massive oil and gas developments. Drones, which are “unmanned aircrafts or ships that can navigate autonomously, without human control or beyond line of sight,” according to Dictionary.com, and ...

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Study finds simple remedies for some methane emissions

Oil and gas production sites have been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency as the largest source of methane emissions—greenhouse gases—in America. A recent study led by Colorado State University aims to find solutions that would reduce emissions from natural gas gathering facilities and processing plants throughout the country, The Coloradoan reports. The study, conducted with Carnegie Mellon University and ...

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HR expert to oil companies: use care with job cuts

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With forecasts for U.S. oil prices to reach abysmal depths of $20 per barrel, oil and gas companies have scrambled to cut spending. The main belt-tightening method companies have utilized has been job cuts, resulting in waves of mass layoffs. But according to a Denver Business Journal article, laying off employees may not be the best resolution to a diminishing ...

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