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Wyoming oilmen diversify to survive the bust

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Casper businesses were the hub for Wyoming’s oilfields during the boom years. Today, they are rewriting business plans, reassigning machines for jobs outside the oil patch and experimenting with new product lines.

Wyoming oilmen diversify to survive the bust

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(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)
Casper businesses were the hub for Wyoming’s oilfields during the boom years. Today, they are rewriting business plans, reassigning machines for jobs outside the oil patch and experimenting with new product lines.
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation CEO Al Walker. (Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Anadarko Petroleum cuts dividend 81 percent

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The cut will save the company $450 million annually.
Two men work on an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

W.Va. lawmakers weigh natural gas trust fund

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Senate President Jeff Kessler is hoping the Legislature’s recent trip to North Dakota will build support for his plans to create a natural gas trust fund in West Virginia.
Categories: Natural gas
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First Solar sells projects to group led by GE

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First Solar Inc. said Monday that it sold a collection of solar projects in Canada totaling 50 megawatts to an investment partnership led by GE Energy Financial Services.
Categories: Deals, Solar
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.
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South Texas earthquakes likely caused by shale boom, researchers say

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A two-year survey of seismic activity links small quakes in South Texas largely to the upswing in the production of oil and brackish water that flows up alongside hydrocarbons.
Categories: Eagle Ford, featured, Weather
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Hold the water: Some firms fracking without it

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The practice of hydraulic fracturing oil and gas wells mostly without water, using gas liquids instead, is beginning to spread.
US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaks during a meeting at the National Industry Confederation headquarters in Brazil on August 16, 2013. (Evaristo SAEVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama climate plan not a war on coal, energy secretary says

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President Barack Obama’s plan to combat climate change is not, as critics allege, a “war on coal,” says U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
Categories: Environment
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, demonstrate on the campus of Binghamton University hours before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about affordable college education during a town hall meeting, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Vestal, N.Y. Obama is on a the second day of his two-day bus tour in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Fracking foes interrupt Obama’s trip to New York

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President Barack Obama stopped at Binghamton University on the second leg of his tour to promote a college affordability plan on Friday, but the demonstrators who lined the president’s motorcade route had something else on their minds: Hydraulic fracturing.
Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Brian Salerno appears at his Coast Guard retirement ceremony June 5, 2012. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick/U.S. Coast Guard )

New offshore drilling regulator takes helm

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Oil and gas companies drilling in U.S. waters have a new regulator in the nation’s capital, as a Coast Guard veteran formally took the helm of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on Monday.
Categories: Offshore, People
An oil pump jack is shown in a a field adjacent to a sub-division near Fredrick, Colo.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

New groups join battle over drilling on public lands

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A new Colorado-based group launched Monday with the aim of countering the oil industry’s pro-drilling message in the West. It is the latest entry in a state rapidly becoming a battleground for oil and gas development.
Categories: Politics/Policy
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Energy use spikes during first week of school

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A series of hot showers, stove-top cooking, blinds angled the wrong way and repeated opening of doors can boost the temperature of a home and add energy-intensive air conditioning work, TXU said.
Categories: Electricity

Drumbeat: August 26, 2013

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Richard Heinberg: Was the Oil and Gas Industry Promoting Peak Oil to Make Maximum Profits?
The change in our public conversation about energy is predicated on new drilling technology and its ability to access previously off-limits supplies of crude oil…
Categories: Uncategorized
(Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg)

A kilowatt saved is a kilowatt earned

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As the Texas power industry and its regulators debate how to generate enough electricity to accommodate a growing population’s demands, they also are looking at ways to reduce that demand when it’s highest.
Categories: Electricity
Nesting pelicans are seen landing as oil washes ashore at an island near Louisiana in May 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Victims’ attorneys attack BP’s effort to block spill payments

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Attorneys for victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill say BP’s latest effort to halt payments from its multibillion-dollar class action settlement should be denied because the company has failed to present any evidence that any claim has been improperly calculated or paid.