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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.

Volcano-Fueled Energy Possible in Iceland


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Scientists in Iceland have recently made a discovery that proves that energy found in volcanic magma can be used for electricity. The Icelandic Drilling Project or IDDP, has been drilling multiple boreholes in Iceland’s upper crust in an attempt to find a new means to harness geothermal energy. These shafts, around 5km deep, are ...

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Crude Weekly Update

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Oil Inventories Crude oil futures prices jumped on New York and London markets last week, and analysts said the US market fluctuated awaiting a decision from Federal Reserve officials regarding whether they would accelerate the tapering of an economic stimulus program. The US Energy Information Administration said commercial crude oil inventories, excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, increased by 6.4 million bbl for the ...

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Oil industry starts to squeeze costs, wages: Kemp

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By John Kemp Jan 30 (Reuters) – Cutting the cost of everything from salaries and steel pipes to seismic surveys and drilling equipment is the central challenge for the oil and gas industry over the next five years. The tremendous increase in exploration and production activity around the world over the last ten years has strained the global supply chain and been accompanied by a ...

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University of Texas at San Antonio Offers Oil/gas Engineering Certificate


John Bestoloffe | Shale Plays Media Engineering students at the University of Texas at San Antonio is offering a certificate designed to prepare mechanical engineering degree-seeking students with the fundamental engineering knowledge necessary to have a career in the oil and gas industry. Fracking companies are experiencing a shortage of qualified engineers, and this certification aims to fill that void. “This ...

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Canada wants decision on Keystone XL now


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Canada is seeking an answer to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.  There have been many delays in the process of finalizing contracts with TransCanada Corp. to start working on the pipeline that would run 1,200 miles from Western Canada to the US Gulf. “The time for a decision on Keystone is now, even if ...

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Duke Study Finds an Effective Wastewater Removal Method


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Fracking wastewater is far and beyond one of the most talked about and criticized outputs from hydraulic fracturing. The chemicals found in its wastewater are what some American citizens believe to be the cause of the contamination of the ground water where fracking has been occurring. There are many new ways to dispose of, or ...

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Oil ministry prepares road map for BS V fuel norms


GREATER NOIDA — The oil ministry is preparing a road map to introduce BS V fuel in at least the top three metros, a ministry official said on Tuesday, although state-owned oil marketers haven’t been able to supply BS IV fuel to most of the country. The fourth Bharat stage (BS) emissions norms for vehicles were introduced in 2010 but ...

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Wind Turbines Could Potentially Produce Natural Gas

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By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Alternative energy is making another amazing scientific reach through the discovery of synthetic natural gas. This new development converts power to gas. The process itself transforms energy from wind turbines and photovoltaic systems into reusable hydrogen. When the renewable hydrogen is combined with CO2 it produces methane, which is a natural gas product. This ...

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Basin booms forward

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The federal government recently forecast that 2016 will bring record levels of American oil production — about 9.6 million barrels of crude per day, a record set in 1970. And the Permian Basin, of course, is expected to form a large part of that domestic energy production surge. Already, the Permian Basin remains the biggest absolute oil producer in the ...

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WPX Distributes “Down Deep”, a Documentary about the Natural Gas Industry


By: John Bestoloffe WPX, a natural gas company in the United States, has recently released a documentary that attempts to dispel the negative press and studies concerning hydraulic fracturing and the natural gas industry as a whole.  Some of the most prominent points in the film include: dispelling that all natural gas companies are evil, the ecological responsibility of horizontal ...

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