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Will natural gas eventually come from sea ice?

gas from sea ice

WASHINGTON — Buried beneath the world’s oceans and the Arctic permafrost lies a global energy source that many think might dwarf today’s fracking revolution: huge reservoirs of natural gas trapped in ice crystals. They’re called methane hydrates and are sometimes known as “flammable ice.” If tapping methane hydrates ever becomes feasible, it once again would change the geopolitical map of ...

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Indoor RV park provides shelter from ND winter

winter road

Indoor RV park provides shelter from ND winter By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service WATFORD CITY, N.D. – When a group of Minnesota partners announced they were planning an indoor RV park to house North Dakota oilfield workers, the idea prompted mixed reactions. “So many people thought we were crazy,” said Louis Bonneville of Carlton, Minn., one of the park’s owners. ...

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Giving thanks for our adopted oil workers


Things felt a bit strange in Minot, North Dakota, the week of Thanksgiving.   Living on the edge of the Bakken oil fields, in the largest “oil patch city” in North Dakota, my family and I have become used to a more frantic pace of life. Our sleepy little town, large only by North Dakota standards, which might have required ...

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Colorado county still waiting on oil boom


CHEYENNE — It is quiet along the open Colorado plains that rest a few miles south of Laramie County’s border. In many locations, the single-lane dirt roads that cut across U.S. Highway 85 are the only man-made changes to the Earth that can be seen in any direction. But the tranquil setting is hardly representative of the vast transformations occurring ...

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Iran ranks 14th in number of solar power plants

iran solar energy

Iran’s total solar power plant production capacity currently stands at 70,000 megawatt hours, the Managing Director of Iran Power Generation Transmission & Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR) Homayoun Haeri said on Friday. “Iran is now the world’s 14th biggest owner of solar power plants,” the IRNA News Agency quoted Haeri as saying. “The country’s total potential for producing solar and wind ...

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Unemployment falls in most US states in October

Unemployment falls in most US state in October   Nov 22, 11:57 AM EST BY CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP ECONOMICS WRITER WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment fell in 28 U.S. states last month, and employers added jobs in 34 states. The gains suggest recent improvements in the job market have occurred in most regions of the country. The Labor Department said Friday ...

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bakken rigs

US RIG COUNT DOWN 1 THIS WEEK TO 1,761 Nov 22, 7:00 PM EST HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 1,761. The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,387 rigs were exploring for oil ...

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Million-barrel miles going untapped

bakken oil

Million-barrel miles are stranded in the oil patch, but companies and state regulators are coming up with a new drilling plan to get those barrels out of the ground. The stranded oil is underneath section lines, historic easements that border every mile-square of land so that farmers, sportsmen and others can travel about the countryside. These section lines are sacred ...

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North Dakota homeowners flooded in 2011 applying for millions in loans from new state program


MINOT, North Dakota — North Dakota homeowners who were flooded two years ago are seeking about $3.6 million in loans from a state program that began taking applications Oct. 1. The state-owned Bank of North Dakota reports it has received 182 applications in the Supplemental Rebuilders Loan Program, which offers low-interest loans of up to $20,000 to homeowners who previously ...

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