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In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and oil wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural oil wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

U.S. looks at proposed fracking in national forest in Midwest

The Columbus Dispatch reports that oil and gas companies formally expressed interest to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in drilling about 31,900 acres of the forest through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

State Sen. Cathy Giessel, right, speaks on the floor of the Alaska Senate during debate on a bill to authorize the buyout of one of the state's partners in a proposed gas project, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Juneau, Alaska. The bill passed the Senate 16-3. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska Senate approves TransCanada buyout bill

The Alaska Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would give the state a greater share in a proposed liquefied natural gas project by buying out one of the project’s partners.
(Paul O'Driscoll/Bloomberg News)

Amnesty International says Shell has not cleaned up oil spills in Nigeria

A new report quotes one contractor as saying his clean-up was “a cover-up” that involved simply turning over earth to let spilled oil dry for a few days, then returning the still-contaminated soil to the ground.
Texas will deploy additional sensors to study a rash of earthquakes shaking the state as researchers try to determine whether the tremors are linked to the underground disposal of oilfield waste.

Texas regulator maintains gas company permits despite quakes

The commission previously ordered hearings after a university study suggested the companies’ wells were responsible for quakes that shook Reno.
In this March 20, 2015 file photo, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.'s external affairs director, George Stark, speaks during a breakfast hosted by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce in Hazleton, Pa., discussing regional effects of natural gas drilling. Tens of thousands of miles of pipeline are proposed for Pennsylvania during the next 10 years, according to state officials, and while the last decade of oil and gas development primarily took place in the state's shale regions, the next phase will tunnel through the midstate. (Ellen F. O'Connell/Standard-Speaker via AP, File)

Pipelines planned for midstate Pennsylvania

After 10 years of drilling, shale operators have more natural resources than the infrastructure to deliver it. There’s now more supply than demand, and pipeline builders are seizing the opportunity and submitting plans for an underground network to move through Pennsylvania.

Expert says Oklahoma earthquakes easing over last 3 months

While the overall number of earthquakes skyrockets in Oklahoma, the new director of the state Geological Survey says there has been a modest decline over the last three months.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Natural gas pipeline builder announces route changes

In a filing Friday with federal regulators, Dominion Energy said the changes would reduce the potential impacts on salamander habitats in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia and the George Washington National Forest in Virginia.
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Photo taken with the Canon EOS 5 D camera.

North Dakota bets on better prices for unfinished oil wells

But North Dakota’s Industrial Commission is giving drillers an extra year, hoping for a rebound in crude prices that would provide the state with a better long-term payoff in tax revenue.
A field of dead corn sits next to the Lincolnland Agri-Energy ethanol plant July 25, 2012 in Palestine, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

DuPont to open $225 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa

The $225 million refinery in central Iowa is touted as the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, which is designed to make 30 million gallons annually once it’s in full production next year.
Categories: Biofuels
A worker uses a headset and microphone to communicate with coworkers over the din of pump trucks, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by the Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Kansas extending fracking limits over earthquakes

The restrictions had been set to expire in September, but the commission’s staff recommended continuing them after a drop in the number and intensity of earthquakes in the spring and summer.