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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.

Oil Boom Hindering Agriculture Transportation in Midwest


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media North Dakota has faced many variations of growing pains due to the recent oil boom in the western part of the state. Schools are strained, housing costs are exponentially higher, and crime rates are constantly growing. Aside from the social strain small North Dakota towns are under, the local rail companies are also facing ...

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Weekly Crude Market Update


Oil Inventories The weekly government report indicating crude oil inventories was followed by a small gain in crude oil prices at the Feb. 26 week end, but the gain was not as big as analysts anticipated. Compared with the week prior, the US Energy Information Administration predicted a gain well below the 800,000 bbl increase estimated by analysts polled by the Wall Street ...

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Oil boom Lulls, Leaves behind Whimsy Instead of Holes

oil rig with cow

By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media After the flow of oil has gone from many small US towns, they usually become somewhat deserted. Small surges of industry’s ghosts remain scattered around a once prosperous area. In Luling, Texas they are pursuing a different perspective on big oil’s absence. In 1922, a man from Massachusetts named Edgar B. Davis discovered ...

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The cost of domestic oil


By John Bestoloffe | Bakken.com The past decade has seen an explosion of drilling into the United States’ shale oil reserves. Many people feel as though the shale boom will make life easier for everyone involved with an added bonus of cheap oil. Although we have transitioned from importing the majority of our oil from countries in the Middle East ...

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Study of Marcellus Shale Assesses Environmental Impact of Production Increase


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The online scientific journal PLOS one recently released a cumulative report on the projected impacts energy development would have on the Marcellus shale.  Estimates from the report state that new natural gas well and wind farm development would cover 1.3 million acres of land, which is larger than the state of Delaware. Each aspect of ...

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Alaska Invests in Bakken Oil Production


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media In 2012, North Dakota surpassed Alaska in oil production. This made North Dakota the second largest oil producer in the country, behind Texas. Since then Alaska’s oil production has continued to decline. North Dakota’s recent boom in the Bakken Shale has caused Alaskan leaders to be not only anxious but also slightly resentful. Most ...

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Crude Weekly Update


Oil Inventories On February 20, the DOE reported the inventories data for crude for the week ended by February 14. Crude oil inventories increased by 0.97 million barrels—lower than analysts’ expectations of a build of 2.21 million barrels. Generally, a smaller-than-expected build of crude storage raises prices higher, as it indicates either stronger demand or weaker supply than expected. However, ...

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Denton, Texas Attempts to Ban Fracking for Health Reasons


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Denton, Texas has had it with the massive amount of fracking in their neighborhood. The town sits on top of a natural gas field in a heavily drilled area in the Barnett shale.  The residents have been trying to make fracking a more functional part of their lives for years, and can’t seem to ...

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Oil field casualties


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The oil industry is well-known for making people rich.  It is hard not to hear stories day to day of the landowners making tons of money in royalty checks from the oil and gas production on their lands.  However, landowners aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of a fossil-fuel starved nation. Blue-collar workers ...

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Railroads commit to slower speeds on oil shipments through cities

oil train

By: Kyle Potter, INFORUM WASHINGTON – Many oil-by-rail shipments will slow down through urban areas and track inspections will increase on high-traffic areas in response to a string of fiery derailments in the last several months, the American Association of Railroads said on Friday. The rail industry agreed to the voluntary measures in consultation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, which ...

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