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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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Recreational vehicle businesses feel Wyoming oil slump

RIVERTON, Wyo.— Businesses that sell snowmobiles, motorcycles and other recreational vehicles say they’re feeling the effects of low oil prices. Oil prices down around half what they were a year ago are causing petroleum companies to cut back on drilling in Wyoming and elsewhere. Workers in the oil industry are taking pay cuts, getting laid off or having to move. ...

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Oil regulator: Feds public lands rule provides ‘certainty’

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s top oil regulator says the recently issued federal rule on hydraulic fracturing is bringing “some certainty” to the oil industry. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says the “long-awaited rule” provides certainty during an unstable time for the industry but also raises “concerns of necessity and duplicity.” The Obama administration is requiring companies that ...

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Drilling down on fracking in Indiana

Fracking is nothing new in Indiana. Frequent earthquakes would be. Geologists and environmental activists have been raising concerns for years about increased hydraulic fracturing — called “fracking” for short — and other unconventional oil production methods in the United States. Hydraulic fracturing is the drilling and injection of fluid into the ground to create cracks in rock formations and release ...

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North Dakota’s job landscape shifting (for now) away from big oil

WILLISTON, N.D. – Halliburton Co , Schlumberger NV and other large energy companies were conspicuously absent from a major North Dakota job fair this week, a telling sign as employers in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state grapple with sliding crude prices . Instead of roustabouts, the state’s oil industry wants pump technicians, gas-processing plant operators and truck drivers to ...

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Hundreds of illicit oil wastewater pits found in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Inspections by water officials have found numerous oil industry wastewater pits operating without permits across Central California. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board says producers have been dumping chemical-laden wastewater into as many as 300 unlined, shallow troughs in Kern County. The Los Angeles Times reports that more than one-third of the region’s active disposal pits ...

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