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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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US asks judge to uphold cancellation of Montana energy lease

rig count

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Obama administration wants a federal judge to uphold its decision to block oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to some tribes in the U.S. and Canada, as industry groups warn the government’s move sets a precedent against energy development. Justice Department attorneys urged the judge in court documents filed Monday to reject a ...

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Report shows Bakken production increases for July

pump jack, north dakota oil production

Oilprice.com recently reported Bakken oil production was up 3,046 barrels per day in July, despite an overall down trend. The report shows a preliminary total of 13,255 producing wells and a current (September) rig count of 33. This compares to an all-time high of 218 in May 2012. The rig count continues to slowly increase. Oilprice noted that over 98 ...

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USGS says 3.5-magnitude earthquake hits northern Oklahoma

Oklahoma earthquake, wastewater disposal well

PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Oklahoma on Tuesday morning, hitting the same spot where a record-setting temblor was centered a month ago. The U.S. Geological Survey says Tuesday’s earthquake hit shortly after 4 a.m. with an epicenter about 10 miles northwest of Pawnee, or about 75 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. There are no reports of ...

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Oil pipeline protester accused of terrorizing officer

DAPL protest

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota authorities have issued an arrest warrant accusing a pipeline protester on horseback of charging at a police officer. Mason Redwing, of Fort Thompson, South Dakota, is wanted on felony charges of terrorizing and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 28 incident near St. Anthony. He’s also wanted on a previous warrant for criminal trespass. The ...

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North Dakota asks pipeline company to explain ranch purchase

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is asking the developer of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline to explain its purchase of a ranch where a protest turned violent earlier this month. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners recently purchased the 7,000-acre ranch last week for an undisclosed price. Stenehjem is giving the company 30 days to say ...

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In ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ an ecological disaster’s human toll

Deepwater Horizon, Mike Williams, Mark Wahlberg

TORONTO (AP) — The name Deepwater Horizon is synonymous to most with environmental catastrophe and corporate negligence. For Mike Williams, who survived the April 2010 oil-rig explosion by plunging into the Gulf of Mexico from several stories up, it was about something else. “My 11 brothers that got killed were immediately forgotten,” Williams said, speaking from his Sulphur Springs, Texas, ...

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In gas drilling country, the honeymoon is over on royalties

gas drilling, royalties, Marcellus

WYALUSING, Pa. (AP) — Jan Brown pores over his royalty statement and wonders where all the money went. A few months ago, the nation’s second-largest natural gas producer siphoned $2,201 worth of gas from his 240-acre property — but paid him only $359 after taking deductions for transportation and processing. Brown, 59, who relies on the royalties as his sole ...

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