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2015: The year of Natural Gas?

It’s been a rough year for coal. Having struggled through lost revenue, mine closures, job cuts and multiple companies filing for bankruptcy, coal production appears to be a fleeting industry. “You can see it across the industry,” said Kristoffer Inton, a coal industry investment analyst. “Neither the domestic situation nor the international situation looks good for coal.” Enter natural gas. ...

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Energy Media Group CEO Michael Marcil to speak at North Dakota Real Estate Summit and North Dakota Petroleum Council Annual Meeting

Energy Media Group CEO and Aalton Real Estate CEO Michael Marcil is set to speak at two upcoming North Dakota events on September 23rd. Marcil will speak at the North Dakota Real Estate Summit as part of the North Dakota Real Estate Titans Panel. Self-described as a “serial entrepreneur” involved in starting over thirty companies, Mr. Marcil also has over ...

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The right way and wrong way to pull

Imagine this: It’s one of those cold, wet, late-fall evenings in Western North Dakota. The weather conditions are worsening, but you promised your most important client you’d make a last-minute fuel oil delivery to his rig. “Just one more and I can call it a day,” you tell yourself, relaxing to the rhythm of the rain. Then it happens. An ...

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Making safety sexy

Ok, the title above was intended to do two things: 1. Make you take a look at the article, which is what you’re doing if you’re reading this sentence; 2. Identify with one of safety’s biggest challenges, which is how to make safety interesting, and attractive, so that it is more readily embraced. The subject of safety, for most of ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

Here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of September 12th through the 18th. Enjoy! 5. North Dakota may let more oil wells be temporarily idled WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota’s oil regulators said on Monday they may allow more wells to be temporarily abandoned, a step that would permit producers to delay fracking beyond the typical ...

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Top 5 benefits of equipment rental in a devalued oil and gas market

Let’s face it. In stronger markets, buying is possibility the better choice. However, don’t underestimate renting as a business-saving option. Renting allows companies to avoid increasing capital expenditures, save money on preventative maintenance and repairs services as well as ensures that equipment doesn’t become technologically obsolete. Once the decision to rent has been made, what next? There are multiple companies that ...

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Turzai: Thanks for the layoffs, Wolf

Tell us how you really feel about Wolf’s energy policies, Mike. In a strongly-worded commentary during Shale Insight, a natural gas convention in Philidelphia, State Representative Mike Turzai sourced the energy industry layoffs in part to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax. According to a Pittsburgh Business Times report, Turzai said in a panel discussion that the mass shedding of ...

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GOP members split from party, ready to tackle climate change

A small coalition of congressional Republicans have broken away from the party’s normal rhetoric by signing a resolution Thursday that recognizes humanity’s role in climate change. The Hill reports that the resolution also endorses steps to combat global warming, though specific solutions were void of the agreement. The resolution frames climate change as an issue of environmental stewardship, which it ...

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Vegas to LA in 80 mins: High-speed rail project announced

On Thursday Chinese officials announced that a long-discussed high-speed rail project linking Las Vegas and Southern California will be built by a U.S.-China joint venture, reports the LA Times. To accelerate the launch of the rail project, XpressWest and China Railway International USA Co. have entered into an agreement to construct the “Southwest Rail Network.” The project, in discussion since ...

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