Trump’s ‘America First Energy Plan’

President Donald Trump issued his 7-paragraph ‘America First Energy Plan’ shortly after taking office with the goal of lowering the cost of energy and getting rid of regulations. According to the plan, it says disposing of environmental regulations like Obama’s Climate Action Plan would boost wages “by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.” The […]

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DEP to Reveal New Permit Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) plans to reveal new general permit requirements for Marcellus Shale well pads at a meeting of its Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee on December 8th in order to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, despite expectations President-Elect Donald Trump may seek to roll back new […]

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Donald Trump’s Plans for Fracking Industry

Now that Americans have elected Donald Trump into office, we can expect American oil and gas production to surge. Going by his campaign promises, Americans will see more fracking, more pipelines, and no carbon tax. Trump has promised to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would curtail carbon dioxide emissions from power plants — […]

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EPA Issues New Ozone Guidelines

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new guidelines, known as Control Technique Guidelines, to reduce smog-forming emissions for oil and gas drilling sites. While this may seem like a small step, the Guidelines will bring urgently needed health protections to citizens living adjacent to or downwind of oil and gas operations, especially since in […]

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LNG Looks To Have A Bright Future As A Domestic Marine Fuel

The historic conundrum of developing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel has a chicken versus egg element to it. Vessel operators interested in LNG are hesitant to make the commitment to build and/or convert ships to LNG without a guaranteed fuel supply. There is plenty of capital willing to build LNG liquefaction facilities, […]

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California farms are using drilling wastewater to grow crops

By Bloomberg California’s epic drought is pushing Big Oil to solve a problem it’s struggled with for decades: what to do with the billions of gallons of wastewater that gush out of wells every year. Golden State drillers have pumped much of that liquid back underground into disposal wells. Now, amid a four-year dry spell, […]

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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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Shell meets air, water standards set by Pittsburgh organization

Power Source Royal Dutch Shell’s Appalachian operations received a certification for meeting 15 performance standards targeting improvements to shale gas development, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development said Wednesday. The performance standards — which aim to go beyond existing shale regulations in the Marcellus and Utica shale states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia […]

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Commercial Drone Markets: 2014 Year in Review

Drone Analyst Judging by the headlines, 2014 turned out to be the year for drones. I referenced in Tweets a total of 503 articles with the word ‘drones’ in the headline last year.  A Google search brings up about 61.4 million results referring to ‘drones.’  Granted, that search includes references to military and hobby drones, […]

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