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US shale crude almost universally volatile, execs say


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Crude oil from the Bakken shale has long been under scrutiny for its volatile and potentially explosive nature. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that nearly all oil produced in US shale plays is likely to be similarly unstable. Citing “energy executives and experts”, WSJ’s Alison Sider and Nicole Friedman explain that shale oil ...

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Fracking raises workers’ salaries, cuts costs for states

The Washington Examiner via the Colorado Springs Gazette With little and at times fabricated evidence, Big Green activists and their supporters in government have worked hard to undermine the energy revolution underway in the U.S. Exploiting fear and ignorance, they seek to convince Americans that the current natural gas boom propping up the country’s sagging economy is despoiling the earth, ...

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Wyoming: Oil, well, there goes the neighborhood

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media As most of the population watches the fracking boom explode from an outsider’s perspective, there remains a segment of unsuspecting residents scattered across the nation unprepared for oil and gas to move into their backyards. In a recent report Wyoming Public Radio examined how the increase of mining activity in the Niobrara shale play ...

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Olympia port meeting attracts strong opinions about second marine terminal warehouse

By Rolf Boone | The Olympian, Wash. The meat of Monday’s Port of Olympia commission meeting may have been removed, but that didn’t deter several who still shared their opinions about the prospect of a second warehouse on the port’s marine terminal. The port commission was set to vote on whether to award a bid for construction of that warehouse — ...

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Colorado Springs development funding debated

By Monica Mendoza | The Colorado Springs Gazette Six months after the Colorado Springs Utilities 2014 budget was approved, the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator is waiting to find out if it will get the $50,000 budgeted for the organization. The City Council, which doubles as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board, wrestled for hours during the budget hearings over whether the ...

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Boulder County to review fracking at meeting next week, but public won’t be allowed to speak

By John Fryar | The Longmont Times-Call, Colo. Boulder County commissioners are to review oil and gas exploration issues — and their current moratorium on accepting and processing new applications for oil and gas drilling in unincorporated parts of the county — during a meeting next week. The meeting, at 4 p.m. June 12, will be open to the general ...

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Fracking earthquakes in Colorado?

By Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media As hydraulic fracturing continues to drain and pump fluids from and into the earth’s surface, many are beginning to feel the effects of mining beginning to vibrate all around them. Last week, Greeley, Colorado registered an earthquake was reported to have reached 3.4 on the Richter magnitude scale. As communities across the nation ...

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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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Energy Pipeline: Shunning natural gas for oil


By David Persons | The Greeley Tribune, Colo. A trend is occurring nationwide among oil and gas companies to sell off dry natural gas properties and focus on acquiring sites that have good potential for oil and natural gas liquids. That is quite evident in the Niobrara shale play in Weld County. PDC (Petroleum Development Corporation) Energy, an oil and ...

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