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Penn. groups prepare to fight severance tax

With the elections over and Democrat Tom Wolf elected as governor, Pennsylvania is expected to increase its efforts to combat the various oil and gas severance tax proposals that may be lurking on the horizon, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. Lou D’Amico, president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, said, “There is no doubt that ...

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The next fast-food chain in Williston

culvers

Construction has begun on a Culver’s near the Buffalo Wild Wings on Reiger Dr. in Williston. The fast-food chain is based out of Wisconsin and specializes in ButterBurgers and frozen custard. This is the fourth Culvers to open in North Dakota and the first one in a boomtown. The founders of the chain hope to reach families working in western ...

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More housing coming to Killdeer

Killdeer

Oppidan Investment Co. of Minneapolis will be developing an apartment complex in Killdeer, No. Dak., in order to support oil and gas workers in the state.  The apartments will be near 103rd ave and third street. Forum News Service reports that the development will span seven acres and have three 42-unit buildings with one, two and three bedroom units. The Killdeer ...

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The gavel in distress: Larimer County judge denies request

jack

A Larimer County judge has denied the city of Fort Collins’ request to stay his decision overturning the city’s 5-year fracking ban, according to Erin Udell of The Coloradoan. The decision was made last week. This decision comes only three months after another Larimer County judge overturned Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The moratorium would have stopped new wells ...

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Netherlands finishes first solar bike path

The Netherlands have stepped ahead of other countries in urban-energy infrastructure by being the first to complete their solar pathways which will open for public use this Wednesday. On a special roadway just outside of Amsterdam, bicycling commuters will be able to ride along a path that generates power by the SolaRoad’s panels that will then be distributed into the ...

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KAFB leak mitigation efforts near Albuquerque still being developed

Pump jack oil well

Even though communities in west Albuquerque are miles away from the Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB), leaders in the communities are worried that their water supply may be threatened by the underground plume jet fuel leak. The leak was first discovered in 1999 below neighborhoods in Southeast Heights.  According to local leaders and environmental groups, the process and efforts made ...

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American producers call Saudi bluff, ready for price war

saudi oil

In today’s energy market, a price war is happening between Saudi Arabia and confident oil-producing contenders in America’s shale fields. Saudi crude may come with historical and house name recognition, but the American shale revolution is not flinching to the heavyweight of global oil production. Brent crude fell to a four-year low last week, creating more uncertainty for market analysts. ...

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Texas oil boom is tearing up roadways, literally

road

While the oil boom in the U.S. has impacted the economy enormously, booming areas have also seen some negative effects. Oil traffic has caused serious damage to roads, costing some people their lives. Every day, thousands of 18-wheelers transporting flammable substances and equipment travel across Texas roads that are ill-prepared to handle them.  The roads are cracked, chipped, and extremely ...

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