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2014’s Booms, Bans, and Busts no. 8: America’s 1st well, nuclear fracking, and shaking hands with the devil

To bring in the New Year, Shale Plays Media is counting down the days with a series that will recount the top stories we’ve covered over the past year. So far, we’ve recapped the new carbon emission regulations and the controversy surrounding oilfield waste disposal. Mostly, we keep our readers up to date with current events, but sometimes we like ...

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Tech colleges to aid state in manufacturing professionals shortage


Wages for welding and manufacturing jobs in western North Dakota and Montana are at all all-time high and are steadily growing. The demand for skilled workers in the manufacturing sector has skyrocketed since the implementation of hydraulic fracturing brought thousands of jobs to remote areas of the United States four years ago. As the demand continues to grow it is ...

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ND approves wind farm near Beulah


The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a permit for a $240 million wind farm yesterday. The Antelope Hills Wind Project LLC of Santa Barbara, California is, slated to construct 86 wind turbines on a 22,000 acre plot of land.  The Fargo Forum reported today that the wind farm will support 250-300 construction jobs. North Dakota currently generates 1,600 megawatts ...

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Oil prices could force over 500 rigs out of service


With oil prices nearly slashed in half from earlier 2014 prices, analysts are predicting that up to 550 drilling rigs will remain out of commission over the next few months. Signs of a slowdown have rolled in quickly since last November when members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) refused to cut any of their oil and ...

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Hess using remote NGL capture to corral flaring

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A statewide flaring mandate took effect on October 1st of 2014, which requires companies to capture a certain amount of their natural gas byproduct on-site per month or lower their production amounts. The state of North Dakota hopes to reduce its flaring rate by 10 percent in the next three years. Each company is applying different approaches for how they are ...

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Israeli oil spill a snafu in nation’s growing industry

On the evening of December 3, a pipeline ruptured in the Arava desert in southern Israel. The Trans-Israel pipeline, owned and operated by Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC), has spilled about 1.3 million gallons of crude oil (nearly 31,000 barrels) into the desert near Eilat. That’s enough oil to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools. This river of oil stretching over ...

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DRC and Health Dept. disagree on TENORM


In light of the recent proposed re-evaluation of North Dakota’s waste disposal policies, the Dakota Resource Council (DRC) has requested that the Department of Health further examine the effects that radioactive waste in the state’s landfills would have on citizens.  The Department of Health recently proposed a set of rules that would allow oilfield waste landfills in North Dakota that ...

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Denton City Council drills into its fracking ban ordinance

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Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Denton City Hall, the Denton City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission are drilling into the city’s new drilling ordinance to see if regulations can be added or changed. In November, Denton made headlines across the world when voters approved the first ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state of Texas.  The fracking ban ...

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