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Proposed plastic manufacturing plant in North Dakota would benefit Colorado

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California start-up Badlands NGL LLC, which plans to move its headquarters to Denver, has proposed building a $4 billion plastic manufacturing plant in North Dakota. According to an article by the Denver Business Journal, the building of the plastic factory could help Colorado-based oil and gas companies working in the Bakken deal with excess natural gas. Badlands announced plans to ...

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Baker Hughes releases third quarter numbers

Houston-based oil service company Baker Hughes has announced its third quarter well and rig counts for this year. The U.S. onshore well counts for the third quarter is 9,566, up 110 wells or one percent compared to second quarter numbers. Numbers for this year’s third quarter well count are up 491 wells, or five percent from last year. International rig ...

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Texas paves the way in failing infrastructures

Texas may be excelling in oil and jobs and may boast a prospering economy, but its roads are literally killing the state.  Over the last five years there has been a 157 percent increase in traffic deaths on Texas roads.  The state is in need of $500 million to reduce congestion and improve the safety of its roads. The oil ...

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Ohio city maintains position as “The Utica Capital”

A northeastern Ohio city that dubbed itself as Utica’s capital continues to hold the moniker proudly, reports Columbus Business First. Located in Stark County, Canton, Ohio sits north of where most oil and gas exploration is centered in counties such as Belmont and Monroe. However, most early activity was focused in northeastern Ohio, where Chesapeake Energy secured hundreds of thousands ...

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Niobrara crude production trending upwards

The Niobrara shale in Colorado is producing crude at rates even higher than anticipated, according to a report by RBN Energy. Since January 2012, production from the Niobrara’s top two regions—the Denver Julesburg (DJ) and Powder River Basic (PRB)—is up 260 percent and is expected to double again by the end of 2019. According to the report, the DJ Basin ...

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A new wind farm blows into New Mexico

The Anderson Wind Farm is underway in Lea County, New Mexico.  The farm is set to start generating power as soon as December, according to the Hobbs News-Sun. The facility sits just west of Lovington near Maljamar.  It will contain about two dozen 264-foot-tall wind turbines, said officials.  Chris Copeland, construction manager with BayWa Energy Resources, said it will use ...

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Poll shows more New Yorkers oppose fracking

As New York State’s moratorium on fracking comes closer to its expiration date, residents’ opposition to the hydraulic fracturing process continues to grow, reports the Epoch Times. A poll organized by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental advocacy group, has shown that 56 percent of New York citizens oppose fracking. The survey was conducted by third-party researchers ...

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Billions of gallons of fracking fluid dumped into California drinking water

Last week, the California State Water Resources Board sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirming that roughly 3 billion gallons of hydraulic fracturing wastewater was illegally dumped into central California aquifers. Last July, the state of California closed 11 wastewater injection wells in fear that the fracking wastewater was contaminating surrounding aquifers. The EPA demanded a report ...

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Largest private equity project in ND history to aid in flare reduction goals

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Badlands NGL along with Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced today that they are working together to develop and invest in a polyethylene manufacturing plant for the state. The company expects to invest around $4 billion to the project, making it the largest private equity project in North Dakota history. Polyethylene manufacturing plants convert ethane into polyethylene which is used to make plastics ...

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Colorado man sentenced in scheming scandal

A Colorado man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for running an oil and gas security scheme in Colorado Springs, according to the Denver Business Journal. Robert Allen Zickefoose, 50, was sentenced on October 3rd after he failed to appear for a September 29th sentencing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. In July 2013 Zickefoose was ...

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