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Helis one step closer to approval for fracking in St. Tammany

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Helis Oil & Gas has received approval from the Office of Conservation for its planned production unit in St. Tammany Parish. Despite opposition from parish residents, the oil company is now free to seek approval for a drilling permit for its proposal, which includes plans to use hydraulic fracking. Robert Rhoden for the New ...

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EPA’s secret maps are scary


Rob Port | Shale Plays Media contributor Many of you have probably heard of the EPA’s push for a new rule titled “Waters of the U.S.” which would expand the agency’s powers of regulation over even very small bodies of water in America including creeks and ditches. Some lawmakers, including North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer, oppose this rule feeling that ...

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Front Range pollution researchers surprised by ozone levels

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The research of air pollution on Colorado’s Front Range has found harmful ozone and ozone-causing chemicals in amounts that have surprised the researches involved, according to a recent report by the Associated Press. Using balloons, ground stations and aircraft flights (which ran from mid-July to Aug. 18) researchers have been busy gathering data from ...

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Louisiana is sinking, oil refineries threatened


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ ProPublica.com reported yesterday that southeastern Louisiana is sinking fast. In only 80 years 2,000 square miles of coast have become open ocean. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists say that by 2100 “the Gulf of Mexico could rise as much as 4.3 feet across this landscape,” meaning that all of the infrastructure located outside of ...

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Frack workers exposed to carcinogenic benzene


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A study by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) has revealed that workers on hydraulic fracturing operations are exposed to dangerous levels of Benzene, a chemical compound that increases their risk of contracting blood cancers like leukemia. NIOSH worked with industry leaders in Colorado and Wyoming to measure benzene exposure to ...

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Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped 8 million oil barrels


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Iraqi Kurdistan announced today that it has shipped 8 million barrels of oil overseas since May despite Baghdad’s attempts to halt the sales. Today’s shipment of 250,000 barrels, the eleventh from the nearby Ceyhan port in Turkey, cemented the milestone, Reuters reports. The Kurdistan Regional Government says it is now employing a number of ...

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Oil and gas companies combat noise levels

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Hay bales are becoming as commonplace as drilling rigs in Colorado according to a recent report by Fuel Fix. To combat the noise levels created by the hydraulic fracturing process, which are continually moving closer to people’s residences, oil and gas companies have been using sound walls and stacks of hay bales to help ...

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Verizon invests $40 million to expand its solar coverage

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media In the pursuit of slashing its carbon output in half by 2020, the American broadband and telecommunications company Verizon is investing nearly $40 million to expand the on-site green energy program launched in 2013. Verizon announced earlier this week that the company will install an additional 10.2 megawatts of new solar power systems at eight ...

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