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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)

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

BP's Thunder Horse semi-submersible facility in the Gulf of Mexico, about 150 miles southeast of New Orleans. (Photo courtesy BP)

House moves to expand offshore drilling

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The House on Friday passed legislation that would expand offshore drilling by forcing the federal government to swiftly sell new oil and gas leases along the coasts of California, South Carolina, Virginia and any other states where governors say they want the work.
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Commentary: Cybersecurity breaches could threaten more accidents in US oil industry

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As Edward Snowden starts to fade from the headlines, it is important not to lose sight of the importance that the National Security Agency (NSA) and other US agencies of get cyber security protection of critical infrastructure on the right path. So far, news reports have focused on the civil liberties angle to the story, […]
Categories: General
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Oil field service companies benefitting from increased well productivity

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Business is starting to boom in North America for oilfield services companies, thanks to better drilling techniques – even if the rig count numbers don’t reflect it.
Categories: Oil field services

Drumbeat: June 28, 2013

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What natural gas glut? Just export, baby, export!
Drill, baby, drill! Energy companies are doing that all over America right now, sparking fears of a natural gas glut.

But the experts are not concerned, saying demand — especially from overseas — is …

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Production of biomass-based diesel fuel has begun at the Diamond Green Diesel plant, where green tanks that store animal fat are shown. The plant, a joint venture of Valero Energy Corp. and Darling International Inc., produces renewable diesel fuel that Valero will market. The plant is located at Valero's St. Charles refinery in Louisiana, (bottom right) where it has access to a rail line and docks. (Darling International Inc.)

Valero plant will produce diesel from animal fat

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Valero Energy Corp.’s investments in renewable fuel moved forward Thursday with the completion of a plant that soon will produce renewable diesel fuel from fat.
Categories: Biofuels, featured
Chevron's Tahiti platform (Simone Sebastian/Houston Chronicle)

Deep-water drilling expansion will strain workforce, study says

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Global spending on deep-water wells will surge to $114 billion by 2022, compared to $43 billion last year, creating a critical need for offshore rig workers, according to a new analysis by Wood Mackenzie.
CNPC’s largest overseas acquisition will deepen Kazakhstan’s relationship with China as the start of production at Kashagan, eight years late and at double the original cost, boosts oil exports. Nariman Gizitdinov/Bloomberg

CNPC said set to buy $5 billion stake in largest Kazakh field

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China National Petroleum Corp (CNPZ). plans to pay about $5 billion for a stake in Kazakhstan’s biggest oil field, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Categories: Crude oil, Offshore
Workers adjust piping during a natural gas hydraulic fracturing  operation at an Encana Oil & Gas Inc. drilling site in western Colorado. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Methane scrutiny in Obama climate plan may cost drillers

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Riding shotgun in a Toyota 4Runner rigged up with a carbon-fiber pipe and a spectrometer, Duke University researcher Rob Jackson trolled through Washington searching for evidence that natural gas is not quite the climate champion President Barack Obama claimed this week.
A badge on the back of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, a diesel vehicle that gets better fuel economy than a gasoline-powered Jetta. (Ross Dettman / AP Images for Volkswagen)

Study: Diesel vehicle owners save money on fuel, resale costs

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It costs less to own a diesel vehicle than a gasoline-powered one, according to a study that looked at new car prices, fuel economy and resale values.
Categories: Transportation
President Barack Obama (AP file)

Fracking critics unhappy with Obama climate speech

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President Barack Obama’s speech this week on climate change forcefully rejected some key arguments made by opponents of natural gas fracking, upsetting some environmental groups that otherwise back his climate goals.
(Photo: Ano Lobb/Flickr)

NM farmers selling water to oil and gas developers

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With a scant agriculture water supply due to the prolonged drought, some farmers in Eddy County with supplemental wells are keeping bill collectors at bay by selling their water to the booming oil and gas industry.
Categories: Oil field services

‘Peak Car’…It’s All Downhill From Here

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There have been a number of recent research reports addressing the notion of ‘Peak Car’ – whether driving has peaked per person in the US. So here are a bunch of interesting tidbits and nuggets I have gleaned from the reports ‘A New Direction‘ and ‘Has Motorization in the US Peaked?’, as well as an […]
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