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Key Device In BP Oil Spill Faulted By Safety Board; Still Poses Risk For Active Drilling Rigs

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By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal board investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn’t tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today. The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board zeroes in on what went wrong ...

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Residents fret, sweat over lack of science

By Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media According to a story published by The Denver Post, residents on Colorado’s Front Range, part of the Niobrara shale formation, are becoming anxious over the lack of empirical data regarding the drilling operations surrounding the area. Some residents report seeing the haze of fumes lingering over well-sites while others question whether or not ...

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Va. to review natural gas fracking rules

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RICHMOND (AP) – Virginia is looking anew at regulations governing hydraulic fracking for natural gas, a drilling method that has spawned a gold rush for the energy resource in the U.S. and given rise to its own environmental movement. The review comes ahead of a Dallas energy company’s plans to drill in tens of thousands of leased acres south and ...

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New York’s traditional drilling industry hurt by moratorium

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media New York has seen lots of discussion recently surrounding long term bans on hydraulic fracturing in the state. In fact, a coalition of doctors recently recommended such action based on health concerns. In practice, though, an unofficial moratorium has existed in the state since 2008, meaning any development has progressed very slowly. A good ...

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Ecuador issues permit to drill in Amazon reserve

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s government has issued an environmental permit for oil drilling in the pristine Amazon reserve that President Rafael Correa initially offered to exempt from exploration if rich countries would pay his government. Correa abandoned that effort last year due to insufficient interest and has spurned pleas by environmentalists to spare the Yasuni reserve. Earlier this month, ...

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With drilling on horizon, opponents prepare for fight

By Andrew Barksdale, Fayetteville Observer  As the General Assembly moves to allow natural gas exploration by next year, opposition groups are preparing to bring the fight over fracking to communities across the state.They will rely on door-to-door canvassing, petitions and television ads describing the risks of inviting the industry into North Carolina. With little hope of derailing drilling through the Republican-controlled state ...

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Anadarko shows off its energy operations

By Craig Young | The Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo. In a political environment in which fracking has become the new F-word to some, the company that wants to drill for oil and gas in Loveland took members of the media to see the process up close Monday. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and the advocacy group Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development sponsored ...

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