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Colorado oil and gas task force holds first meeting

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A panel assembled by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to assess issues with oil and gas drilling in the state is set to meet for the first time. The Associated Press reports that the group will meet today to begin the preliminary work of advising lawmakers on how to handle conflicts arising from fracking. The ...

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EDITORIAL: Pipeline delay is not good for moving grain

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Albert Lea Tribune editorial Oil is everywhere. It’s in our cars. It’s in all the plastics we use. Sometimes, it seems crazy that we are wasting this precious resource on making frivolous things like toys for children’s meals at fast-food restaurants. But there no denying that oil is needed — no matter how we feel about global warming, no matter ...

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Pennsylvania inspectors key to Marcellus regulation

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Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Inspectors are the front line of the state’s effort to ensure development in the Marcellus is done right and with the least environmental impact possible. The Post-Gazette’s analysis of every fine the state levied against Marcellus drillers from 2005 through June 1 this year shows that a third of spills (59 of 179) were ...

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‘Don’t frack the Ohio River!’, W. Virginia citizens urge Tomblin

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media West Virginia residents sent a letter to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin this week with a simple message: don’t frack under the Ohio River! The concerned citizens groups hope to convince Tomblin to reconsider a proposal by the state Department of Environmental Protection to drill for natural gas underneath the Ohio River. The Department announced ...

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Books look at pros, cons of fracking

Cathy Dyson | The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) “Fracking” has become such a part of the nation’s vocabulary that authors are writing books about it. In that regard, Larry “Bud” Meyer of Rappahannock County isn’t the first to base a plot on potential threats associated with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The process injects water and chemicals deep into the ground to ...

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Editorial: Pipeline is safest way to deliver natural gas

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The Virginian-Pilot Editorial The world would undoubtedly be better off if electricity and locomotion didn’t pollute and warm the planet. If all the energy necessary for modern life and to get from place to place could be made by splitting atoms, capturing the sun and wind, or via some technology yet to be discovered. That conversion would make the world ...

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Virginia may not frack for years, governor says

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Virginia’s governor says it will be a long time before the state finishes reviewing regulations on proposed hydraulic fracturing. Gov. Terry McAuliffe released a statement today saying it may take years for Virginia to issue drilling permits to energy companies, the Associated Press reports. The state has received requests to allow hydraulic fracturing in the coastal ...

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Cali. fracking study may allow feds to resume lucrative oil leases in Kern

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John Cox | Bakersfield Californian The U.S. Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward resuming auctions of federal property in California for oil and gas production with its release Thursday of an independent scientific review of well stimulation activities in the state. The review by the nonpartisan California Council on Science and Technology found no instances of groundwater ...

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Time is short to avert shale industry’s imminent radioactive dilemma

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Debate surrounding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing tends to center around a few figurehead issues. The potential for oil spills from wells or pipelines, air and noise pollution from drilling activities and contamination of underground drinking water supplies often dominate the conversation, prompting ill-informed standoffs between a public concerned for its safety and ...

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Time is short to avert shale industry’s imminent radioactive dilemma

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Debate surrounding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing tends to center around a few figurehead issues. The potential for oil spills from wells or pipelines, air and noise pollution from drilling activities and contamination of underground drinking water supplies often dominate the conversation, prompting ill-informed standoffs between a public concerned for its safety and ...

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