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Marcel-Hiss shale: snake handlers needed

It have being a murderous rattlesnake!

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays It’s no secret the shale drilling revolution revitalized industries nationwide. Oil and gas company growth exploded, of course, but just as well known are the benefits to pipeline construction, manufacturers, railroads and safety equipment, to name a few. Considerably less-discussed: snake handlers. Columbus Business First reports that business opportunities in the Marcellus shale are booming ...

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Natural gas storage explosion injures four in Wyoming

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A natural gas storage tank explosion injured four people on Tuesday, according to a report by the Casper Star-Tribune. The accident happened south of La Barge, Wyoming at an EOG Resources Inc. storage tank facility. The event has been called a flash flare. Two EOG employees and two contract workers were cleaning the tank ...

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Safety awards for FirstEnergy’s Pa. utilities


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Three of FirstEnergy Corp.’s Pennsylvania utilities companies have received safety awards from the Energy Association of Pennsylvania. -Pennsylvania Power received the Safety Sustainability Award for its low rate of injuries among workers since 2011. It was also awarded the Safety Improvement Award for its ongoing efforts to reduce the number of such injuries. -Both Pennsylvania ...

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A safer mobile pond, from factory to frack site

elevated pond

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media From the factory floor to the on-site product assembly, PCI Manufacturing, a Texas based liquid storage and transport manufacturer, is leading an industry in a charge for increased safety requirements and the minimization of hydraulic fracturing’s residual footprint. The fracking process requires millions of gallons of water to be pumped underground at high pressure. ...

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Judges recommend $1.4B penalty against PG&E

Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco neighborhood. The California Public Utilities Commission said the figure reached by two ...

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A glimpse of offshore drilling life

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Offshore drilling has a bad reputation after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, but the Gulf of Mexico still provides 20 percent of domestic crude. Over the course of production, the Gulf has seen approximately 5,600 rigs in its waters, far more than anywhere else in the world. After visiting a 40-story oil rig owned ...

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North Dakota government sends 7.8 mil to boomtown schools


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The North Dakota oil boom has put strain on the communities near the Bakken shale in many different ways.  The rapid growth in population has been difficult to keep up with. Schools in particular are struggling because they have experienced a sudden burst of enrollment along with many issues associated with students living in ...

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Safety and the Bakken


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Working on an oil rig is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. The oil and gas industry is taking measures to address the hazardous nature of their field. Journalist Maxine Herr recently did an in-depth report for the Bismarck Tribune that explores the role that safety plays within the industry for ...

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Oil train safety measures coming

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The U.S. Transportation Department is expected to outline a plan for oil train safety in a few weeks. Reuters reported today that prominent issues such as tank car design, speed, and routing may be addressed. The results of this meeting are heavily dependent on the refinery industry’s decision on the matter. The group has ...

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Prepare early for Hurricane Arthur


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Tropical Storm Arthur has been upgraded to Hurricane Arthur as meteorologists measure 90 mph winds and predict landfall sometime Thursday or Friday. It is currently a Category 1 Hurricane but is predicted to achieve Category 2, indicating 96 mph winds. States on the East Coast should begin preparing for possible emergencies immediately. ABC News ...

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