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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.
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Nabors 2Q earnings miss could be bad news for other services firms

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Nabors said Tuesday that largely because of weakness in its rig services and completion and production services units, it expects second-quarter operating results to fall below Wall Street expectations.
Categories: Oil field services
Prime Minister Harper, center, talks with firefighters in July in Lac Megantic, Quebec.    A runaway train derailed Saturday  exploding tanker cars carrying crude oil and destroying part of the downtown area of Lac Megantic.   (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS, Paul Chiasson)

Quebec oil train derailment sparks criminal probe

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Quebec police are pursuing a painstaking, wide-ranging criminal investigation of the inferno ignited by the derailment of a runaway oil train that killed at least 15 people and left dozens missing in the burned-out ruins of a downtown district.
Categories: Accidents, Canada, featured

Drumbeat: July 10, 2013

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OPEC Sees U.S. Shale Boom Eroding Demand for 2014 Crude
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries forecast the world will need less of its crude next year, even as global oil demand growth rebounds to its strongest pace since 2010, amid competi…
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Eagle Ford rail developers look west to Permian Basin

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The developers of San Antonio’s Mission Rail Park, which will serve the Eagle Ford Shale, said Tuesday they are starting construction on a rail park in West Texas. The Permian Rail Park, located between Big Spring and Midland, will be in the heart of the Wolfcamp and Cline Shale plays. Developer Kyle Kinsel said the  
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Mark your calendars: Eagle Ford Shale conference

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Mark your calendars. The Eagle Ford Consortium has set its fall conference for October 28-30 in Corpus Christi. The stakeholder group includes public officials, local agencies, oil and gas representatives and others in the South Texas region that has been impacted by the oil boom. The group’s last big conference was in San Antonio in  
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The sun sets on a drilling rig in Frio County, Texas.  (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

OPEC sees US shale boom eroding demand for 2014 crude

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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries forecast the world will need less of its crude next year, even as global oil demand growth rebounds to its strongest pace since 2010, amid competing supply sources.
Categories: Crude oil
A hydrogen explosion rocks the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station number three reactor on March 14, 2011. (AFP PHOTO/HO/NHK)

Tepco urged to protect ocean as groundwater contamination rises

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Japan’s atomic regulator urged Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) to speed up completion of a seawall to protect the ocean from rising levels of contamination detected in the Fukushima nuclear plant’s groundwater.
Categories: Nuclear
A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010 after a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline exploded . (AP photo)

PUC drops PG&E penalty proposal

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Under pressure to punish Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, the California Public Utilities Commission’s safety division has dropped a proposal that would have limited the utility’s penalty to the money it was already spending to upgrade its gas system.
Categories: Pipelines
Workers adjust piping during a natural gas hydraulic fracturing  operation at an Encana Oil & Gas Inc. drilling site in western Colorado. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Fracking limits sought in Loveland, Lafayette

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Opponents of hydraulic fracturing have turned in petitions seeking to ban the practice in Lafayette.
(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Iran’s LNG dreams vanish as U.S. shale gas looms

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Iran’s ambition to exploit the world’s biggest natural gas reserves, stymied for years by U.S. sanctions, faces an even sterner test as rising global output and the North American shale boom threaten to erode prices.
Categories: LNG
A team from NRG Energy is installing a 100 kilowatt solar power system at Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, this week. NRG Energy owns Houston’s Reliant Energy. (Photo: NRG Energy)

Cheapest solar panels no longer best, SunPower CEO says

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Chinese solar manufacturers that are still trying to sell the cheapest panels have failed to adapt to an industry seeking more efficient products, said SunPower Corp. (SPWR) Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner.
Categories: Solar
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Group: ND energy production doubles since 2007

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A group representing North Dakota’s various energy sectors says the state’s energy production from all sources has doubled since 2007.