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Report: Man-made earthquakes shake over a dozen areas in US

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The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, president of the Republic of Iceland, speaks at IHS Energy CERAWeek.

CERAWeek: Arctic energy should include renewables, foreign leader says

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Arctic oil gets plenty of talk, but Arctic wind also offers big potential, Iceland’s president says.
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CERAWeek: Refiners remain competitive even if crude export ban lifted

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Refiners have benefitted from the crude collapse by buying up cheap oil and transforming it into higher-priced gasoline, diesel and other refined products, an executive with the world’s largest independent refinery said Monday.

President Obama, consult Groucho Marx

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President Obama recently stated that climate change was personal to him because it caused his daughter’s asthma.  He has also made a number of other claims to justify his crusade to reduce CO2 emissions and suppress fossil fuel use.  If he only made one factual error it would be easy to dismiss because no one […]
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Monday at the Capitol: Legislation would rename the state’s ‘worst-named agency’

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It’s been said that the Texas Railroad Commission is the worst-named agency in the state. And that’s not according to an agency detractor, but from a former chairperson. The Texas Railroad Commission has absolutely no authority over railroads. Surveys have shown wide confusion about its responsibilities. But Texas home and business owners – whether they know it […]
Rigs stacked at a business 20 miles west of Farm-To-Market Road 1788 photographed Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Reporter-Telegram, James Durbin)

Oil rig count resumes slide

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The number of rigs chasing oil fell by 3.4 percent to 734, now down 55.4 percent since its late October peak.
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frame full of pink slips, layoff notices, etc.

Oil collapse claims 343 more Texas jobs

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Two more companies have told state regulators of plans for layoffs in Texas as the global crude collapse continues to batter the oil and gas industry.
ConocoPhillips operations in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.

As costs fall, companies may start completing wells again

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Oil companies keeping thousands of barrels of crude off the market by drilling but not completing wells may soon start flooding the market again.
Noble Energy will drill exploration wells off the coast of the Falkland Islands, the company announced Wednesday.

Noble Energy doubles down in Falkland Islands

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The Houston-based oil company announced Monday that it has scooped up additional acres offshore the Falkland Islands and plans to start drilling there this year despite opposition from Argentina’s government.
Greenpeace activists approach the Blue Marlin before climbing aboard the heavy-lift vessel and camping out on the Polar Pioneer drilling rig. Shell has contracted the Polar Pioneer for a new round of Arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea later this year. (Photo: Greenpeace)

Shell wins restraining order against Greenpeace

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WASHINGTON — Hours after stormy weather forced Greenpeace activists to climb off an Arctic drilling rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Shell won a temporary restraining order blocking the group from similar protests. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason, bars Greenpeace and its activists from boarding, barricading or interfering with the […]