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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.

New pipeline for the Permian Basin in the works


John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media On Tuesday, Frontier Midstream Solutions, LLC announced plans for 400 miles of new pipeline for Southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. The crude transportation pipeline system is to include multiple truck racks and over 300,000 barrels of potential storage in the northern Delaware Basin. In addition, the new pipeline is estimated to have the ...

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Congo WWF employees receive death threats


John Bestoloffe | Shale Plays Media The World Wildlife Foundation reported on Monday that two of its employees had received threats on their lives for their vocal opposition to oil exploration in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park. Unidentified callers told the WWF “we want his head” in reference to a staff member working in Goma, DRC who ...

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Ukrainian Gas Company hires Joe Biden’s son

hunter biden

John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Burisma Holdings, the largest independent gas producer in Ukraine, has hired R. Hunter Biden to be on its board of directors.  He will be in charge of Burisma’s legal team, used as support in their international affairs. The chairman of the Board of Directors of Burisma Holdings stated “The Company’s strategy is aimed at ...

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Chevron settles with EPA over two Utah spills

John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media A settlement worth $875,000 to amend for oil spills in Utah was reached between Chevron Pipe Line Company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday. According to an EPA press release, Chevron agreed to pay the amount for their violations of the Clean Water Act. Two violations were accounted for, one incident associated ...

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife face legal consequences for eagle killing permits


John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media In a recent media release, the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has stated they will pursue legal action against The Department of Interior over recent permits that protect wind farms from the unintentional killing of bald and golden eagles. The ABC sent the Department of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a “Notice ...

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Shell’s Eco-marathon champion boasts 2,824 MPG

shell truck

By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Shell’s Eco-marathon competition is a yearly international contest that challenges high school and college students to engineer ultra energy-efficient cars. Shell holds competitions in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The Eco-marathon became an annual competition in France in 1989, America in 2007, and Asia in 2010.  There are two variations of the competition, ...

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When oil gives back, communities can flourish

John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Earlier this morning, The Midland Independent School District revealed in a press release that a few heavy hitters in the oil and gas industry are doing their part in securing more teachers and showing commitment to progress in the district.  Some of the notable oil and gas companies include Chevron and Concho Resources. According ...

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2 New UGI pipelines will call Pennsylvania home


John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corporation of Pennsylvania, announced two new pipeline projects it intends to construct in the area. The total combined cost of the pipeline project will be about $80 million. UGI says its projects will benefit the region economically by creating construction jobs and eventually by lowering utilities costs ...

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New nanotech can identify oil underground

petroleum rainbow

John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Scientists have announced the creation of a new device that will be able to distinguish between sweet and sour varieties of crude oil while they are still in the ground. A Rice University team led by synthetic chemist Dr. James M. Tour has developed the nanoreporter, a microscopic carbon-based implement that detects for sour ...

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North Dakota oil boom requires different housing options for workers

pump jizacks

By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The North Dakota oil boom has caused as housing shortage in the western half of the state. Not only have rent prices grown substantially, making North Dakota the state with the highest rent rates in the nation, but there also isn’t enough housing available. Some companies offer housing solutions to keep their employees from ...

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