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Helis seeks to tap southern Louisiana shale


John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media A New Orleans energy company is looking to drill a new well near Mandeville, LA in hopes of finding oil or gas, prompting concerns from residents of the surrounding St. Tammany Parish area that such operations could impact the local water supply. Helis Oil & Gas LLC tentatively plans to drill about a mile ...

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How will Louisiana address its looming natural gas supply shortfall?

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As the United States continues to reap the benefits of the energy boom, the demand for natural gas and facilities dedicated to processing it climbs. Development across the country seems delayed only by how quickly petrochemical companies can expand the infrastructure necessary to support their operations. According to a report recently issued by the consulting firm ICF International, Louisiana’s demand ...

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Jindal announces deal reached in ‘legacy lawsuits’

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BATON ROUGE, La. — The oil and gas industry and landowners said Thursday they have reached a compromise in long-running disputes over how to handle the clean-up of environmental damage done in drilling years ago. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the legislative proposal, surrounded by industry leaders, lawmakers and representatives of some of the largest landowners involved in the lawsuits. The bill ...

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Natural gas industry buoyed by advancing technology


From the office computer to the drill site, to the wells that can stretch more than three miles underground, nearly everything in Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is different from just a few years ago. Drill holes are longer and smoother. Drilling tools are packed with computer sensors that adjust on the fly. Rock holding the gas gets cracked hundreds of ...

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Shale drilling could jump in 2014 in Miss., La.


GILLSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Residents living above an oil-rich shale formation that stretches across southwest Mississippi and Louisiana have been waiting on a boom for years. A steady trickle of drilling is already boosting the rural region’s economy, and spending by two oil companies could make 2014 the year that many other locals finally cash in on the oil far ...

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Oil spill closes 65-mile stretch of lower Mississippi River

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Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:54pm EST Feb 23 (Reuters) – A 65-mile (105-km) stretch of the lower Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, remained closed on Sunday night while crews cleaned up oil that spilled when a barge was hit by another vessel, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The collision happened on Saturday afternoon near Vacherie, Louisiana, ...

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BP gets slick in trying to undermine gulf oil spill settlement


By: Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times It would be perfectly proper for BP, the giant British oil company, to feel a sense of corporate remorse. After all, the firm was responsible for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and well blowout that took 11 lives and created “immense environmental damage” in and ...

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Expo draws oil players large and small in changing market


The first time Frank Harrison found himself at the North American Prospect Expo, he didn’t get it. NAPE’s first event in 1993 was in a small, unimpressive Houston convention room, and to Harrison, it ran against a central tenet of the oil and gas industry: Never share too much information. But now energy executives from across the country gather in ...

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Gas no longer escaping from rig off La. coast


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The operator and federal regulators say the flow of natural gas, water and sand has been stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana’s coast. EnVen Energy Ventures LLC and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Saturday that the flow was stopped about 7 p.m. Friday. BSEE says it was cut off less than 2 ...

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Steffy: Oil boom has raised safety, security risks


By Loren Steffy | January 18, 2014 | Updated: January 18, 2014 2:42pm A few weeks ago, Bill Blackwell turned off a stretch of road in South Texas and onto a property where crews are drilling five oil wells. Nobody stopped him. Blackwell isn’t a threat. He owns the property, on which he has a second home. The drilling company, though, is supposed to maintain a ...

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