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World is watching Mora County battle against fracking

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MORA — It is a script destined for a Hollywood movie: A rural, low-income, mostly Hispanic New Mexico county passes a community rights ordinance, bans oil and gas drilling, and is sued by rich, greedy oil and gas barons. “We’re protecting our water,” say two Mora County commissioners who support the ordinance. “It’s unconstitutional,” cry the Independent Petroleum Producers of ...

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House OKs bills to speed oil, gas drilling

speed the drilling

House OKs bills to speed oil, gas drilling on public lands, block federal review of fracking WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved two bills Wednesday aimed at speeding up drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands. The measures were among three energy bills the House is considering this week as Republicans who control the chamber push to expand ...

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Foreigners’ cash seen fueling higher Mexican oil production

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There may be fisticuffs over the form it will take, but there’s consensus among leaders in Mexico that opening oil and gas production to foreign investment is crucial to growing the economy, that nation’s secretary of economy said during a San Antonio visit Thursday. “To me, it’s very clear that the future of Mexican manufacturing depends on the access of ...

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Texas oilman, fracking pioneer Mitchell dies at 94


HOUSTON (AP) — George P. Mitchell leveraged a penchant for hard work, an appetite for risk and dogged persistence in the face of futility into a technological breakthrough that reshaped the global energy industry and made the wildcat oilman a billionaire. Mitchell, the developer and philanthropist who also is considered the father of fracking, doggedly pursued natural gas he and ...

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‘Fractivists’ to strategize over fracking bill

Self-described “fractivists,” upset with a new state law they say strips away local control of oil and gas drilling, plan to meet in Dallas next week to develop a strategy to challenge House Bill 40. Organizers hope that panel discussions on Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 will lead to passage of a resolution that voices support for local control over ...

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