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Louisiana’s gas pipelines pose greater risks

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Recent reports have highlighted the vulnerable nature of aging cast-iron and bare steel natural gas pipelines. Shreveport still has quite a few of these pipes, largely underground, running natural gas to residences and businesses. Many of these potential hazards were laid in the 1940s, reports Vickie Welborn for The Shreveport Times. Louisiana has experienced ...

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Bakken documentary shows gloomy perspective on housing crisis

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ “The Overnighters” is a documentary film that was shown at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Created by filmmaker Jesse Moss the film’s intention is to find the dark side of the “economic miracle” that is the oil boom in western North Dakota. After some research, Moss decided to follow Pastor Jay Reinke, a Lutheran pastor from ...

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Petroleum titans join forces with heads of state to reduce methane

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Through combined efforts, international oil and gas giants have aligned with representatives from major petroleum producing states to set up a strategy to reduce methane emissions. As a part of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s design to tackle climate change, the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership launched Tuesday in-line with the largest-ever UN Climate ...

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Fort Collins appeals overturning of fracking ban

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Fort Collins City Council members voted on Tuesday to appeal the overturning of the city’s five-year stay on hydraulic fracturing, according to a report by the Coloradoan. Last month Judge Gregory M. Lammons reversed the voter-approved moratorium, declaring that the ban violated an act passed in 1951 giving oil and gas activity priority in ...

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$10 million in water protection grants offered by Duke Energy

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Duke Energy has announced its creation of $10 million in grants to protect waterways in five Southern states. The grants are intended to improve water quality assurance, wildlife habitat protection and expanded public access to waterways in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia, The Charlotte Business Journal reports. They will be distributed ...

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2014 Shale Insight Conference kicks off

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Today marked the beginning of the 2014 Shale Insight Conference, an annual shale development forum hosted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry advocacy group. The conference offers a venue for energy companies and related businesses to share information on the state of the shale gas industry as well as providing workshops, public affairs ...

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Crude conditioning hearing offers conflicting views on rail safety

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ A public hearing concerning the practice of conditioning Bakken crude before transporting it via rail was held yesterday in Bismarck. The North Dakota Industrial Commission among other officials listened to numerous oil execs, representatives from the Dakota Resource Council and independent environmentalist groups on how they think the area should be handling its ...

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Halliburton frac sand plant approved

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Richardton city officials have unanimously approved the land rezoning required to build a Halliburton frac sand plant and trans-loading facility consisting of 300 acres west of the town near I-94. Halliburton hopes to be running the plant by next June. The project was recently tabled due to the concerns of a resident, Julian Zimmerman, who ...

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Is virtual reality the future of rig disaster prevention?

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, allowing oil to flow uninhibited into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, there was a rush to learn what caused the accident and what could have been done to prevent it. The answer might come in the form of Cosmos, a virtual reality tool used to design ...

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Bribery allegations confirmed by former Petrobras chief

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The former head of Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras has admitted to accepting a $636,000 bribe in connection to its purchase of a Texas refinery. Paulo Roberta Costa was arrested last March following an investigation on charges of money laundering. In July, investigators added bribery to his list of charges. Costa admitted to accepting ...

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