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Report: 10 percent more Eagle Ford wells this year

Operators working in the Eagle Ford Shale started drilling 2,364 new wells in the first six months of the year, according to the latest Baker Hughes Well Count.  More »

Denton’s proposed fracking ban likely to go to voters

As Denton considers permanently banning hydraulic fracturing within city limits, the state’s oil and gas regulator has weighed into the fray, arguing the move would undercut one of the key pillars of the Texas economy.’  More »

Do we still need alternative fuels?

As the Obama administration struggles to come up with a solution to the dysfunctional renewables fuel standard (RFS), many in the industry are asking the question: do we actually need alternative fuels? In this blog, I tackle that question from the standpoint of a person who believes that the shale oil and gas revolution is […]  More »

Technology lets producers move jobs from platforms to land

Shell and other offshore players to move a growing number of jobs historically performed at sea onto land.  More »

Whiting to buy Kodiak, creating larger North Dakota player

Whiting Petroleum Corp. agreed to buy Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. for about $3.8 billion in stock, creating what it called the largest oil producer in the Bakken/Three Forks region of North Dakota.  More »

Workshops on reporting problems set for Eagle Ford

The Laredo-based nonprofit Rio Grande International Study Center and the Environmental Defense Fund plan five free workshops in the Eagle Ford Shale region to teach residents and workers what to do if they have concerns about oil and gas development.  More »

Influence game: Shaping railroad safety rules

Billions of dollars are riding on how oil train safety rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  More »

Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracturing health impacts

By Kevin Begos Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling booms. Dr. Eli Avila also says the state’s current strategy is a disservice to people and even to the industry itself because health […]  More »

Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil’s impact

For many Native Americans on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation — a land that accounts for 300,000 of the 1 million barrels of oil produced by North Dakota daily — there is a difficult balance between the potential prosperity that oil and gas development can bring and the preservation of a land considered by cultural and religious tradition to be sacred.  More »

Report: Pemex a likely hurdle to Mexican energy reform

Mexico is opening up its vast oil and gas reserves to foreign investment, and questions abound about security and regulation.  More »

Gulf dead zone should be smaller than 2013, tied to ethanol production

The annual Gulf of Mexico dead zone — which scientists tie to Midwest agriculture including ethanol production — is expected to be slightly smaller than last year but still around 5,000 square miles.  More »

The Highway Trust Fund: Important and Necessary Government Spending

While liberals and conservatives constantly debate about the necessity of government spending on various programs and projects, there is bipartisan agreement among voters on the need for maintaining our highway infrastructure.  To that point, the Highway Trust Fund must remain adequately financed to keep our roads and bridges operational and safe. The fund currently lacks […]  More »
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