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Oil field casualties


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The oil industry is well-known for making people rich.  It is hard not to hear stories day to day of the landowners making tons of money in royalty checks from the oil and gas production on their lands.  However, landowners aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of a fossil-fuel starved nation. Blue-collar workers ...

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How much of our oil industry is going up in smoke?

up in smoke

An epiphany struck when the train collision occurred just outside of Casselton, ND at the end of 2013: Bakken oil is very explosive.  America started worrying about the volatility of Bakken oil and started investigating the cause and looking for an answer that would ensure safe transportation of the countries large quantities of crude. Casselton’s troubles struck just six months ...

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Emerging Technologies in Energy Production: Cirrus Aircraft


By: Lydia Gilbertson, Bakken.com Oil field professionals have a tough work schedule (anywhere between 80-120 hours/wk or 15 hours a day). Many don’t get to see their families for weeks at a time, and spend most of their time traveling from project to project.  This lifestyle generates a sizeable income, though it can be extremely tiring for the people involved. ...

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Chevron sends Pizza Vouchers


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media On Tuesday, February 11 a gas well owned by Chevron Corp. exploded in the small rural community of Bobtown in the Dunkart Township of Pennsylvania. The explosion was so large that many people in the area of the township felt the explosion happen and thought that it was in their own homes. The flames ...

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Volcano-Fueled Energy Possible in Iceland


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Scientists in Iceland have recently made a discovery that proves that energy found in volcanic magma can be used for electricity. The Icelandic Drilling Project or IDDP, has been drilling multiple boreholes in Iceland’s upper crust in an attempt to find a new means to harness geothermal energy. These shafts, around 5km deep, are ...

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Crude Weekly Update

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Oil Inventories Crude oil futures prices jumped on New York and London markets last week, and analysts said the US market fluctuated awaiting a decision from Federal Reserve officials regarding whether they would accelerate the tapering of an economic stimulus program. The US Energy Information Administration said commercial crude oil inventories, excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, increased by 6.4 million bbl for the ...

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What’s at Fault? Earthquakes in Texas


Beginning in November of 2013 residents living just northwest of Fort Worth, Texas have been subject to a slew of small earthquakes. Over 30 tremors have shaken the area around Azle, which has historically had very little seismic activity. The hydraulic fracturing industry is seen by many as the culprit. Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett is concerned with the area’s developments, ...

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We need Keystone now more than ever


By: Rob Port With oil train derailments much in the news of late, it’s clear that America needs expanded energy infrastructure now more than ever. But even this plain evidence of that dire need may not be enough to crack the political shell around one of the most contentious energy projects in the history of America. One outspoken supporter of ...

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Canada wants decision on Keystone XL now


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Canada is seeking an answer to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.  There have been many delays in the process of finalizing contracts with TransCanada Corp. to start working on the pipeline that would run 1,200 miles from Western Canada to the US Gulf. “The time for a decision on Keystone is now, even if ...

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Wind Turbines Could Potentially Produce Natural Gas

wind turbines

By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Alternative energy is making another amazing scientific reach through the discovery of synthetic natural gas. This new development converts power to gas. The process itself transforms energy from wind turbines and photovoltaic systems into reusable hydrogen. When the renewable hydrogen is combined with CO2 it produces methane, which is a natural gas product. This ...

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