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By John Bestoloffe | Google+ My name is John Bestoloffe and I write for Shale Plays Media LLC which owns Bakken.com, Marcellus.com, and EagleFordTexas.com, Permianshale.com, Haynesville.com, and Niobrarachalk.com. Writing has always been my passion and now I am able to live my dream of being a Journalist. I went to school at North Dakota State University and live in Fargo ND with my wife and 2 children. As I start out in my new adventure reporting on the various Shale plays here in ND, I feel a sense of accomplishment in realizing my dream. When I’m not writing, I enjoy mountain biking, hunting, cruising on my motorcycle, and fishing.

Norfolk Southern crude oil train derails in Pa.

Norfolk Southern

By Robert Gibbons and Sabina Zawadzki Feb 13 (Reuters) – A Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying crude oil derailed in Vandergrift in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, the company confirmed. There were as yet no reports of injuries or fire at the scene, after twenty-one tank cars came off the track near an industrial park, according to a local borough official. The train, that was heading from Pittsburgh ...

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Kazakh national currency devaluation is not connected with problems in Kashagan field


ASTANA, Kazakhstan — The national currency devaluation in Kazakhstan on Feb. 11 is not connected with the problems in the Kashagan field, Kazakh Minister of Oil and Gas Uzakbai Karabalin said at a briefing in Central Communication Service under the Kazakh president on Feb. 13. “There is no connection between the adjusted tenge rate and the suspension of oil production ...

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Federal regulators approve gas pipeline that will cut through Berks


The federal government has approved a $500 million-plus natural gas infrastructure project that will include tunneling for a new pipeline beneath the Schuylkill River, Route 61 and Route 222. Texas Eastern Transmission’s Texas Eastern Appalachia to Market 2014 project, or TEAM 2014, was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to an agency statement issued late Tuesday. “Obviously we ...

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Blast rocks Kentucky natural gas pipeline amid storm


By Scott DiSavino (Reuters) – U.S. natural gas pipeline company NiSource Inc said it shut part of its key Columbia Gulf Transmission interstate natural gas pipeline following an explosion in Adair County, Kentucky that injured at least one person. The blast early Thursday morning engulfed and destroyed homes and cars, authorities said. The explosion and fire in Knifley, Kentucky, about ...

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EPA chief calls San Antonio a model for the nation

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SAN ANTONIO — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency made a personal site visit at San Antonio’s water recycling and solar power facilities, applauding the city’s cooperative approach to controlling climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said San Antonio Water System’s Dos Rios water recycling plant and the neighboring CPS Energy Centennial Solar Farms 1 and 2 combine to ...

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Italy’s Eni hit by disruptions in Libya, Nigeria


MILAN (AP) — Italian oil and gas company Eni posted a fourth-quarter loss of 611 million euros ($832 million) due to ongoing difficulties in its Libya and Nigerian operations and weak sales in its main Italian market. The quarterly losses compared with a profit of 1.52 billion euros in the same period a year earlier. Eni said Thursday that its ...

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Oil invoice fuels dispute at North Stonington selectmen’s meeting


NORTH STONINGTON — An apparent misunderstanding over unused fire department heating oil and its disposal sparked a heated debate at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting Tuesday night. Though the North Stonington Volunteer Fire Co. made the switch from oil to natural gas several years ago, one tank containing a little more than 400 gallons remained as of last month. An ...

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OVL to raise $2.5 billion foreign loans to buy Mozambique stake

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NEW DELHI — ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) will raise $2.5 billion from two consortium of international banks to finance its acquisition of 10% stake in Rovuma area 1 offshore basin in Mozambique. “The first facility for a five-year term amounting to $1.775 billion was signed with consortium of reputed international banks, including Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ), ...

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China’s top oil firm blacklisted for environmental breaches


BEIJING Feb 13 (Reuters) – The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the country’s biggest oil producer, has been put on a pollution blacklist for the second time in six months after breaching regulations at one of its refineries, the state environment watchdog said. As Beijing tries to placate public complaints about the condition of the country’s air, water and soil, ...

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