Fuel Fix

In this Aug. 4, 2015 file photo, Gov. Mary Fallin talks with the media after meeting with members of the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity in Oklahoma City. With both the number and power of earthquakes increasing in Oklahoma, the Republican-controlled Legislature may be ready to take steps aimed at curbing the quakes scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas wastewater. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Uptick in quakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma this year has already had more than 90 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater, which is generally when most people start to feel them.

Uptick in quakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers

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In this Aug. 4, 2015 file photo, Gov. Mary Fallin talks with the media after meeting with members of the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity in Oklahoma City. With both the number and power of earthquakes increasing in Oklahoma, the Republican-controlled Legislature may be ready to take steps aimed at curbing the quakes scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas wastewater. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma this year has already had more than 90 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater, which is generally when most people start to feel them.
Motorists refuel at a Mobil gas station in Pittsfield, Mass., where regular gasoline is for sale at $1.99 per gallon, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Obama: Cheap gasoline prices drove oil tax decision

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The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Congress, which has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s climate change initiatives.
Categories: Crude oil, featured, Gasoline

North Carolina-based Duke Energy owns the Crystal River nuclear power plant in Citrus County, Fla., shown Thursday, June 27, 2013. Duke had proposed the building of a new plant in Levy County but recently announced that it would not build the plant. This announcement has caused disappointment to residents who were hoping for  work in the construction of the plant as well as jobs in the plant.  (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Florida residents angered over scrapped nuke plant

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Money is usually tight in Florida’s Levy and Citrus counties, which are hours removed from the flashy tourist attractions in Orlando and the vast housing subdivisions in suburban Tampa. The median household income in each ranks near the state’s bottom.
Categories: Nuclear
Protestors scale a shale gas rig at Banks, near Southport, England bringing a halt to work at the Cuadrilla Resources site Wednesday  Nov. 2 , 2011.  Cuadrilla Resources, which is drilling for gas in northwestern England, said Wednesday that independent experts concluded that the tremors were due to an unusual combination of geology and operations, and were unlikely to happen again. The company said local geology would limit any future seismic events to around magnitude 3 on the Richter scale. The tremor on April 1 measured 2.3 on the Richter scale.  Local campaigners have mounted a "Frack Off" campaign to oppose the drilling technique that cracks open rock layers to free natural gas.  (AP Photo/Peter Byrne/PA)

Cameron defends U.K. shale gas push as path to cheaper energy

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said shale gas will bring down power bills for Britons, writing to defend his push to kick-start the industry in the country.
Categories: Natural gas
Japan Earthquake

Fukushima workers exposed to radiation from spray

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Ten workers at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant were exposed to radiation from contaminated mist used to cool temperatures near a quake-proof building, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) said.
Categories: Nuclear
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US gas prices drop 8 cents over past 2 weeks

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The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has fallen about 8 cents over the past two weeks.
Categories: Gasoline

How Will I Explain Peak Oil to My Son?

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I haven’t written or commented on TOD in quite some time, but the experience carries me forward everyday. I always came at peak oil not from an “if” or even “when” but “then what do we do”? At Kyle’s invitation, I brought my personal blog, Peak Oil NY…
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Thank You

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Corcaigh, 2007, one of largest TheOilDrum staff gatherings in Europe. Left to right: Luís, Euan, Paul (deceased in 2012), Dave (HO), Chris, Nate and Rembrandt.

Dear Reader,
When in June of 2005 I bumped upon this stimulating energy blog I could neve…

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Tech Talk – A Cautionary Tale Evolves over Shale Gas

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The development of the shale gas deposits in the United States, led by the drilling and fracking of horizontal wells into the Barnett Shale of Texas at the turn of the century, has opened up a resource that continues to draw visions of American energy …
Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during an interview at the Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City in July 2013. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Mexico moves to relax decades-old grip on oil

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A shifting political landscape, sagging oil production and growing global competition are pushing Mexico toward constitutional changes that would open its energy sector to international investors for the first time in decades.
Categories: Latin America
Power line construction workers reconstruct power lines in Tilden, Texas, Thursday, August 9, 2012. The reconstruction is to accommodate demand for power from the oil and gas activity in the area. The 7,200-volt power lines are being replaced by 14,400-volt lines. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Temporary power companies growing in Eagle Ford

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Companies that provide temporary power are in growth mode across South Texas as the region’s infrastructure catches up to the industrial demands of the Eagle Ford Shale drilling boom.
Categories: Eagle Ford, Electricity

Drumbeat: August 10, 2013

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Is peak oil demand just around the corner?
For years, there’s been lots of debate over “peak oil” — the notion that, at some point in the near future, the rate of global oil production will bump up against a hard ceiling. This is generally cons…
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(Kimberly White/Bloomberg News)

EIA: United States will fall from world’s top oil importer this year

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China’s economic growth has moved it into position to surpass the United States as the top oil importer by October, the agency forecasts.
Categories: Asia, Markets
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Oil and gas jobs have grown 40 percent since 2007

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Jobs in the oil and gas sector have grown 40 percent in the last five years, helping to counteract the tepid overall one percent increase in employment.