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Mexico’s lower house quickly takes up energy bill

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s lower house of Congress began a raucous, marathon debate expected to last through the night and well into Thursday on historic legislation that would open the state-run oil industry to private investment. Just hours after the measure passed the Senate on a 95-28 vote, members of the House of Deputies took up the bill after ...

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French mining code revamp aims to smooth environment spats

arch de triumph

By Michel Rose PARIS, Dec 10 (Reuters) – France hopes a revamp of its mining regulations unveiled on Tuesday will reconcile demands for stricter environmental rules with the interests of oil, gas and commodities firms who complain about an unstable legal framework, ministers said. The much-delayed reform of the mining code, set to pass through parliament next spring, has exposed ...

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Yemen natural gas complex was hit by explosives last week


By: Daniel Fineren Dec 10 – Yemen’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant complex was targeted with rocket-propelled explosives last Friday, the Yemen LNG Company said in a statement on Tuesday. Yemen’s largest industrial facility was partially evacuated after a small explosion at the gas export terminal at Balhaf on Friday afternoon. “Yemen LNG can confirm that a rocket-launched explosive ...

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Brine, oil spill reported northwest of Medora


MEDORA, N.D. — About 650 barrels of saltwater and 20 barrels of oil spilled from a well site 15 miles northwest of Medora in Billings County, the North Dakota Department of Health announced Monday. Some of the brine and oil reached a tributary to the Little Missouri River about 4.5 miles west of the river. The spill, on private and ...

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Reported Fire at Saltwater Disposel Well

Fire Truck

John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media BISMARK, ND. — On Monday morning the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources was notified that on Sunday night a fire had occurred at a saltwater disposal well. The fire developed about 14 miles to the east of Watford City, North Dakota.  No loss of fluids has been reported, and the fire has been ...

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Railroad industry thriving due to shale oil boom

Railroad emergance

By Paul Monies The boom in oil and natural gas drilling from shale means the nation’s railroads are handling more unit trains of crude oil and shipments of sand used in hydraulic fracturing, a vice president for BNSF Railway Co. said Tuesday. Dean Wise, vice president of network strategy for the Fort Worth, Texas-based railroad, said his company also launched ...

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