Trump Makes Cabinet Picks, Energy Looks Promising

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen his nominees for the departments of energy, state and head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but they must first be approved by the senate. Trump nominated former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, and Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott […]

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Trump Outlines Plans for Energy Industry at 2016 Shale Conference

From September 21-22, 2016, SHALE INSIGHT 2016 provided participants a front-row seat for the most important discussions on shale development, featuring some of the most prominent industry and government leaders. Attendees networked with the most influential industry executives and innovative thought leaders through two days of technical and public affairs insight sessions, major keynote addresses, […]

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Interior’s new fracking rules get swift GOP backlash

Politico By Elana Schor The Obama administration unveiled the first major national safety restrictions for fracking on Friday, touching off a swift backlash from the president’s critics in Congress and the energy industry. Two oil industry groups immediately sued to challenge the rules, calling them “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns,” while 27 Senate Republicans introduced […]

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U.S. Working to Cut Flaring of Natural Gas

UPI By Daniel J. Graeber WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) — The U.S. government will roll out new standards in the coming months to cut the amount of shale natural gas wasted through flaring, the interior secretary said. Much of the natural gas associated with shale oil deposits is burned off, or flared, because of a lack […]

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New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater And Converts It Into Energy

Manufacturing.net By Andy Szal Researchers from the University of Colorado have developed technology they say could cleanse wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling sites while simultaneously generating additional energy. Critics of the recent boom in hydraulic fracturing operations in the U.S. raised concerns environmental concerns from oil spills to small earthquakes, but wastewater discharged […]

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Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

Power Source By The Associated Press GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The two rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, the railroad said. Thursday’s accident in a rural area south of the […]

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Train derailment could affect 183,000 in Pittsburgh, study says

Power Source By Daniel Moore More than 183,000 Pittsburgh residents — and 3.9 million Pennsylvanians — could be forced to leave their homes if a train carrying crude oil derailed nearby, according to a statewide study released Monday by a partnership of environmental nonprofits. The report coincides with a second report from a local investigative […]

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Crude on Derailed Train Contained High Level of Gas

WSJ By Russell Gold The crude oil aboard the train that derailed and exploded two weeks ago in West Virginia contained so much combustible gas that it would have been barred from rail transport under safety regulations set to go into effect next month. Tests performed on the oil before the train left North Dakota […]

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