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Canada crude imports from U.S. nearly double year-on-year

Oil tank cars in twilight

Nia Williams | Reuters CALGARY, Alberta – Canada almost doubled imports of crude oil from the United States in April compared with the same month a year earlier, Statistics Canada data showed on Wednesday, as the U.S. light oil boom continued to displace barrels from overseas. Crude exports are restricted in the United States under decades-old legislation, but companies are allowed to ...

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Is Western oil addiction fueling conflict in South Sudan?

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Last month, South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth made a statement blaming Western nations for enticing the conflict that has plagued the country. He claimed that the alleged interest in the country’s oil, which is tied to eastern oil companies from China, Malaysia and India, could have angered Western powers. Oil exploration in ...

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Queen introduces bill to relax UK trespassing laws in bid to encourage fracking

By John Deede, Shale Plays Media | Google+ The Queen announced an infrastructure bill during her annual address on Wednesday meant to encourage hydraulic fracturing in the United Kingdom. One aspect of the bill involves relaxing trespassing laws to allow drilling companies more access to shale formations beneath private property. Tom McIver from Alliance News reports: The Competitiveness and Infrastructure bill ...

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Violence continues in eastern Ukraine as Obama pledges military support to Europe (VIDEOS)


By John Deede, Shale Plays Media | Google+ Fighting is ongoing in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia forces attacked several Ukrainian army units. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has pledged a billion dollars on Tuesday to boost U.S. military presence in Europe in an attempt to stem Russia’s potential expansion west and reassure allies. Ukraine’s military has been trying to eradicate pro-Russia forces in ...

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Obama boosting America’s military effort in Europe

The Associated Press WARSAW, Poland — President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to boost U.S. military deployments and exercises throughout Europe, an effort costing as much as $1 billion to demonstrate American solidarity with a continent rattled by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. But even as Obama warned that Moscow could face further punishments, leaders of Britain, France and Germany were lining ...

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U.S. sets new import duties on Chinese solar products

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States slapped new import duties on solar panels and other related products from China on Tuesday after the Commerce department ruled they were produced using Chinese government subsidies, potentially inflaming trade tensions between the two countries. The U.S. arm of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG filed a petition complaining that Chinese manufacturers are sidestepping duties imposed in ...

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TransCanada plans C$1.9 bln pipeline to serve Canadian LNG plant


(Reuters) – TransCanada Corp said on Wednesday it has agreed to build a C$1.9 billion ($1.74 billion) natural gas pipeline to supply a liquefied natural gas project on British Columbia’s Northern Pacific coast planned by Chevron Corp and Apache Corp TransCanada, the country’s No. 2 pipeline company, said the planned Merrick pipeline project will take 1.9 billion cubic feet of ...

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Oil and conflict

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media  Many of us have seen the social consequences of an oil boom in our backyards. Crime, traffic, habitat loss, etc. etc. But countries who live and die by the crude scoff at these comparatively petty issues. To be blunt, with energy comes conflict. An eerie correlation exist between oil and intricate social and environmental ...

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Dirty solar coming from China

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Even solar panels exist on a spectrum of pollution, at least in their manufacturing anyway. From mining materials to chemically treating silicon in the assembly process, some countries are just more environmentally sound than others. Take China for example. Researchers from Northwestern University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory claim that, ...

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