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Reducing Refrac Risk – A Strategy for Success in Uncertain Times

The World Bank has forecast crude oil prices around $55 per barrel in 2017. Yet there is considerable uncertainty around the outlook. Ongoing negotiations among OPEC producers, and China’s transition from a manufacturing to a service-based economy, will both affect an already volatile market.  So, which companies will be in the best position to not only survive—but thrive—during times of uncertainty? ...

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Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

fracking, asthma

CHICAGO (AP) — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living ...

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Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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Florida House passes bill to study, regulate fracking

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The state House approved a bill Wednesday that would create regulations for fracking despite strong opposition from Democrats who said the oil and gas drilling practice could contaminate groundwater, damage the environment, make people sick and hurt Florida’s tourism industry. The House voted 73-45 in favor of the bill (HB 191) after more than an hour of ...

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Marcellus and Utica remain on top at the bottom of 2015

Some toast to new beginnings, others toast to new resolutions, but the Marcellus and Utica shales will be toasting the past four years as the clock ticks into 2016 on Friday.  Together, the two oil plays account for 85 percent of U.S. natural gas production growth since 2012 according to the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) the Energy Information Administration (EIA) ...

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Texas consultant integrates fraccing with wireline logging

Bob Barba knows how to get the most value from bringing logs and fracs together. The principal consultant with Integrated Energy Services spent the first 10 years of his career with Schlumberger as an openhole field engineer, sales engineer, and product development manager. While at Schlumberger, he was the North American product champion for the FracHite and Quantifrac products that ...

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Estero, Florida hears from Rodrigues on fracking

Estero’s village council on Monday heard Rep. Ray Rodrigues explain his plan to regulate in Florida the oil drilling industry’s use of an extraction method known as “fracking.” Hydraulic or acid fracturing, better known as fracking, is the process of drilling into the earth and then injecting a high-pressure mixture to force oil out of the ground. The mixture can ...

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Ohio ripe for fracking

JEFFERSON – As the shale industry continues to industrialize once quiet, rural swaths of the northeast and midwest United States, demand for hydraulic fracturing wastewater dump sites — or injection wells — grows. Many local government officials said they feel the industry is exploding faster than it can be contained by federal regulation — and local control was “stripped” long ...

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Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest US electricity source

Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this year, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators. The research company SNL Energy in a new report using data from the ...

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Marcellus shale field lab zeroes in on gas drilling efficiency

The first integrated, long-term examination of shale gas drilling — from before a rig breaks ground to post-production — is under way in West Virginia to help energy companies find ways to drill more cheaply and lessen environmental impacts. “We call it unprecedented, and it is,” said Ray Boswell, technology manager for the federal Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology ...

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