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Edwards vs. Landry in Louisiana O & G lawsuits

Louisiana wetlands

It doesn’t seem to be as much a battle between environmentalists and big oil as it does about a battle between Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. The Louisiana Record reported Dec. 4 that the standoff between the two officials is partly due to the reversal of Judge Stephen Enright Jr.’s decision to allow Jefferson ...

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Corps denies easement for DAPL

pipeline, Dakota Access

Over the weekend, attention in the oil and gas industry was turned to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest. Protesters celebrated a standoff near Cannonball that ultimately led to the announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the easement that would allow the almost complete pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. Assistant Secretary of the ...

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Thanks to the Wolfcamp, Permian Basin breaks another record

Permian Basin, Wolfcamp

The U.S. Geological Service (USGS) announced the estimate of continuous oil in the Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of the Permian Basin is almost three times that of the 2013 USGS Bakken-Three Forks resource assessment. This makes the the Wolfcamp the largest estimated continuous oil accumulation that the USGS has assessed in the United States–ever. The USGS estimates ...

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Railroad Commission is accused of pay-for-play politics

Texas Railroad Commission, Sitton

The Houston Chronicle reported today that Texas Railroad Commission candidate Wayne Christian has collected nearly $300,000 in political contributions this year, with almost $190,000 from oil and gas interests. Among the top contributors are Exxon Mobil PAC, Jeffrey Hildebrand (CEO, Hilcorp Energy), and Pioneer Natural Resources. His opponents in the race include Libertarian Mark Miller, Green Party candidate Martina Salinas ...

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Federal agency levies $732,100 in fines against ONEOK

TransCanada

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced fines totaling $732,000 against Tulsa-based ONEOK following a fire at a ONEOK facility in Bushton, Kansas. The PHMSA says 15 safety violations of pipeline safety regulations were found during an investigation following the fire. The fines are against ONEOK NGL Pipeline, L.P., ONEOK ...

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Environmental groups raise concerns over Texas oil find near Balmorhea

Balmorhea, oil discovery west texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Some environmental organizations have raised concerns about a reported big oil and gas discovery in West Texas. The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2eDvvgQ ) reports several environmental groups are scrutinizing plans to drill around Balmorhea (BAL’-muh-ray) State Park and its famous spring-fed pool. Houston-based Apache Corp. last month announced plans for drilling after projecting up to 3 billion barrels ...

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USGS: Oklahoma earthquake likely caused by wastewater disposal

Oklahoma earthquake, wastewater injection well

FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) — The third-largest earthquake in Oklahoma was likely triggered by underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production, the U.S. Geological Survey found in a report issued Monday. The magnitude 5.1 quake that struck northwest of Fairview in February was likely induced by distant disposal wells, the agency said. The USGS report indicated that in ...

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Texas parks department lied about Balmorhea springs?

Balmorhea

FuelFix reported today that Texas state park officials did not actually conduct any research that analyzes impacts of oil drilling in West Texas’s Balmorhea State Park. With the controversy over drilling on federal lands one of the past year’s most debated oil and gas topics, it seems like a risky oversight on the part of park officials. Three weeks ago, ...

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Laborers union applauds Dakota Access pipeline ruling

North Dakota oil production, pumpjack

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s congressional delegation and a laborers union are applauding a federal appeals court ruling allowing construction to continue on a small stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. The ruling Sunday clears the way for pipeline work to resume within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The pipeline is otherwise nearly complete. The ...

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In jail, ex-coal CEO says he’s ‘American political prisoner’

ex-coal CEO, mine explosion, prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet form. ...

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