In this Sept. 16, 2004 file photo, waves crash against a sailboat lodged under a bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Ivan struck the gulf coast. Federal regulators believe a persistent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began after a drilling platform was toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 will continue for 100 years or more if left unchecked. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Shale boom has made U.S. oil production less vulnerable to hurricanes

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Hurricanes no longer pose as much of a threat to domestic production as they once did since the shale boom reduced the United States’ reliance on oil and gas extracted offshore, according to a new federal analysis.
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Texas Flooding Reveals Deficient Infrastructure

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Over 37.3 trillion gallons of water fell in Texas this past spring after heavy precipitation resulted in substantial flooding. While years of drought were literally washed away, the state experienced significant consequences of the flooding, including 21 deaths according to a report by NPR. The recent weather patterns exposed vital shortcomings in the state’s flood […]
Screengrab of an infrared image captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, June 15, 2015. (NOAA)

Enterprise Products Partners evacuates three offshore platforms; other companies watching tropical storm closely

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Oil companies and refiners are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, but the storm hasn’t shut down operations or triggered evacuations of essential personnel.
Emir Nevarez, left, and Edgar Mascorro, check out the damage on the rooftop at the Silver Springs Apartments in North Austin, Texas, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Video: Three injured in North Texas after tornado hits Houston company’s natural gas rig

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The sherriff’s office said one of the injured suffered an “impalement to the abdomen,” and another had non-life-threatening injuries to the face. The third had minor injuries, and was in stable condition as of Wednesday night, according to Reuters.
In this Sept. 16, 2004 file photo, waves crash against a sailboat lodged under a bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Ivan struck the gulf coast. Federal regulators believe a persistent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began after a drilling platform was toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 will continue for 100 years or more if left unchecked. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

US says decade-old Gulf oil leak could last another century

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The federal government is warning that the leak could last another century or more if left unchecked.
(Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

The Atlantic Ocean could have one of its quietest hurricane seasons in years

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About 4 percent of U.S. natural gas and 17 percent of oil production is centered in the Gulf.
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Thousands without power during snowstorm in Massachusetts

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The state Emergency Management Agency says the plant’s emergency diesel generators are supplying power to the safety systems and there is no emergency or danger.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Natural gas draws larger than expected

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The larger withdraw could lend at least some good news to a natural gas market struggling with a winter season opened with warm temperatures and huge natural gas production.
Growing concern about water use during hydraulic fracturing prompted the Railroad Commission to adopt new rules for water recycling.  Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Water outreach should be a priority for drillers, report says

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Oil companies don’t have the best reputations in the communities where they drill, and can be seen as threats to local water supplies.
Photo:  economicvoice.com

Openness, honesty needed from the oil & gas industry to address climate change

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I love working in this industry: the people are great and I really like working with and around all the technology it implements. That said, I do care about the environment, so I hope the industry will join me in furthering efforts to produce energy in a safe, ethical, and environmentally conscious way.