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Florida House passes bill to study, regulate fracking

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The state House approved a bill Wednesday that would create regulations for fracking despite strong opposition from Democrats who said the oil and gas drilling practice could contaminate groundwater, damage the environment, make people sick and hurt Florida’s tourism industry. The House voted 73-45 in favor of the bill (HB 191) after more than an hour of ...

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Baker Hughes expects less drilling in 4th qtr

Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc said it expects less drilling in the current quarter due to reduced customer spending but said it was seeing “stronger interest” in services that help increase oil and gas production. Baker Hughes, which is being acquired by larger rival Halliburton Inc, reported a net loss attributable to the company of $159 million, or 36 ...

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Judge blocks federal oil, gas drilling rules pending lawsuit


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has blocked new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands while a lawsuit moves forward. The order Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl in Casper, Wyoming, means the already postponed rules might not take effect for years, even if they’re ultimately upheld. The federal government announced the rules in March. ...

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Editorial: Activists should target Big Marijuana

Some see it as a blessing, others a curse. Either way, environmental activists are vigilant in Colorado Springs and up and down the Front Range. Big Marijuana should be in their sites. The most dedicated environmentalists take to the streets to protest fracking, opposing more production of natural gas and oil. They ask consumers to use less energy. They advocate ...

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Oil refiners are manipulating California gas prices, consumer advocates say

Filling up at the pump is often painful in California, where drivers tend to pay more for gasoline than in most other states. Many industry watchers attribute the high fuel costs to unique forces — chiefly California’s clean-burning gasoline formula — that have isolated the market and kept it tightly balanced between supply and demand. But some consumer advocates and ...

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Landowners’ rush for oil gets praise

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Congressman Mike Conaway credited the oil and gas renaissance to private landowners. “While the president brags on the renaissance, his team has done nothing to contribute to that,” Conaway said Thursday at the second day of the West Texas Energy Consortium annual conference in San Angelo. “Oil and gas production on public land has declined under ...

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US economy barely grew in first quarter

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, battered by a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling. The overall economy grew at a barely discernible annual rate of 0.2 percent in the January-March quarter, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. That is ...

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Oil industry whistleblower Hamel, subject of industry spy campaign, dead at 84

A whistleblower who became the subject of an undercover spy campaign by the oil industry in Alaska a quarter-century ago has died at a nursing home in Marysville, Washington. Charles “Chuck” Hamel was 84. Chuck Hamel in 2003 Hamel was an oil broker living in Alexandria, Virginia, when he turned crusader against the industry in 1980 after oil companies refused ...

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