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Gov. Rick Perry wants to use shale revolution as an American ‘weapon’

Texas Governor, Rick Perry, wants America to go beyond record-braking petroleum production by using the newfound power as a weapon. The Houston Business Journal (HBJ) reported that at the Energy and Climate Policy Summit in Houston, Perry spoke of liberating Europe from “Russian aggression” with the substantial amount of crude produced from the various shale formations of the United States. ...

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New renewable research center could change up Louisiana’s energy sources

The new Cleco Alternative Energy Center in Crowley, Louisiana is researching ways to make fuel from all sorts of combustible substances, from old newspapers to chicken manure, according to Richard Burgess for The Advocate. The new facility opened last Wednesday after three years of development. The research center, a part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, could be the ...

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Williston dance studios flourish in light of economic boom

Williston has seen an exponential amount of growth since an oil boom has transformed North Dakota. The entire area has changed and grown in numerous ways. The arts community of this once sleepy city has seen an immense amount of growth alongside its booming energy industry. The dance and pageant scene has always been a staple of the community.  I ...

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Ohio college to offer oil and gas landman major, certification

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media An Eastern Ohio college is vying to become the first in the state to offer oil and gas landman certification, according to a recent report by the Marietta Times. The new major offered by Marietta College titled Land and Energy Management is being launched to give students an alternative to its well-respected petroleum engineering ...

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RRC’s monthly statistics show Texas still on top

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The latest rig count reported from the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) revealed that 48 percent of all active land rigs in the United States now reside in the Lone Star State. As of September 19, 898 rigs were operating in Texas. According to the RRC, in the past 12 months, reported production in Texas reached 820 million barrels of ...

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Expo presenter encourages Bakken women to be leaders

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Amy Antonetti is the creator of Soapworks, Inc and at just 17 years old ran a construction company employing 500 men. She has appeared on Oprah and built several multi-million-dollar companies. Antonetti took a trip to Williston this weekend to speak at the Women in Leadership expo at Williston State College last weekend. ...

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Veterans to bring transportation and security to the Bakken

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A group of decorated soldiers and former members of U.S. special operations are setting up base in North Dakota with hopes of providing an unparalleled level of aviation, security and safety services for the Bakken region. “We’re looking at this model, and the infrastructure just isn’t ready for what’s happening there, and it’s a ...

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Marcel-Hiss shale: snake handlers needed

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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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Opposing sides have their eyes on the export ban prize

Crude prices are dropping, revisions of export laws regarding petroleum products are stagnant, coal is at the losing end of carbon emission regulation and key infrastructure projects such as the Keystone XL are on hold. This is the reality of the energy industry a little over a month from November elections. Due to the exponential increase in oil production, America ...

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