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With Natural Gas to Burn, Bakken Shale Drillers Try Using It to Power Rigs

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Sept. 11 -- Statoil , the Norway -based oil company with a major presence in North Dakota's Bakken Shale , will expand the use of technology that lets the company power its oil field equipment using natural gas that it otherwise would burn off.

The effort aims to address an ongoing challenge producers face in the Bakken and increasingly in other unconventional plays as well: When they drill for crude oil, they also get natural gas. But because gas prices are low and transportation infrastructure is scarce, they often burn the gas instead of trying to ship or sell it.

Statoil officials said Wednesday they will move beyond an eight-month pilot phase and use natural gas the company captures to power up to six drilling rigs anda fleet of hydraulic fracturing equipment in the Bakken.

Lance Langford , the oil company's vice president for Bakken development and production, said he believes the technology could work in other parts of the U.S. and in emerging shale plays elsewhere in the world.

"It's going to be much bigger than just the Bakken or just Statoil ," Langford said. "It will have a huge impact on the industry and on...

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Cuomo’s no-decision approach to energy and the environment

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By Scott Waldman in Capital  9/11/14

ALBANY—Andrew Cuomo has routinely stalled politically difficult decisions relating to energy and the environment, producing a political bottleneck that has frustrated both industry boosters and environmental activists.

The best-known example of Cuomo's application of the stall tactic concerns whether to permit or ban fracking, which the governor has avoided making a decision on by citing an ongoing impact study by the state health department.

But the...

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National Fracking League

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Despite the years of stalling from Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature, fracking has still managed to deliver real dividends for New York. Thanks to fracking, the Buffalo Bills are staying put.

The two main reasons the NFL franchise won’t be moving are as...

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Boom in Energy Spurs Industry in the Rust Belt

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SEPT. 8, 2014 in Business Day, The New York Times

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Waist-high weeds and a crumbling old Chevy mark the entrance to a rust-colored factory complex on the edge of town here, seemingly another monument to the passing of the golden age of American industry.

But deep inside the 14-acre site, the thwack-thwack-thwack sound of metal on metal tells a different story.

“We’re holding our own,” said Greg Hess, who is looking to hire draftsmen and machine...

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EPA chief to investors: We need more gas pipelines

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By Zack Colman | September 3, 2014 in The Washington Examiner, Politics section

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy wants energy investors to spend their dollars on building infrastructure to carry natural gas across the country.

McCarthy's pitch to the business community at a Barclays-hosted conference in New York Tuesday instead of, say, regulators or policymakers stems from the EPA having no jurisdiction over the pipes that send natural gas into homes and...

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Utica Shale Boom: Shell's Latest Gas Discoveries In Northeast Pennsylvania Could Spur Drilling Boom Along Utica Shale Formation

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 @mariagallucci  (email)on September 04 2014 11:48 AM International Business Times

Northeastern Pennsylvania could soon see a shale drilling boom along the Utica formation. Royal Dutch Shell PLC (NYSE:RDS.A) this week announced prolific results at two of its discovery wells in Tioga County, an area as yet...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 61, September 8, 2014

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By David Blackmon in Forbes, Energy Section 9/7/2014

In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

It was another target rich environment for folly hunting this week.  We’ll start with a story about some guy hardly anyone’s ever heard of being labeled the “God of oil trading”, and it all goes downhill from there.  We’ll move on to our...

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Senate Report on Manipulation of NG Issue by Liberal Elite

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We've realized for sometime now that we're fighting against unfair odds in terms of the funding and tactics that are being employed by liberal elite activists calling the shots and funding the efforts from behind the scenes. However, little by little the curtains are being parted and we can now share with you objective proof that the forces working against us are even more powerful and well financed than we previously thought possible. Please open the file linked to below to learn more about...

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Fracking The Anti-Fracking Movement, Part II: The Park Foundation Seeks Allies To Fight Shale Gas Revolution

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Frankly I believe that the park foundation has moved way out of neutral territory into the realm of international intrigue at the beck and call of the Russians and Arabs. They have lost all credibility with those inclined to follow the science and facts rather than hyperbole and sensationalism based on their vivid imaginations and well practiced sound bites.They(park foundation) sit soundly at the side of those who would like to see all energy exploration and discovery controled by themselves...

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Fracking The Anti-Fracking Movement, Part I: The Inside Story Of The Foundation Behind The Campaign To Discredit Natural Gas

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By Jon Entine in Forbes science and technology section, 8/26/2014

Dan Fitzsimmons remembers that blustery day in March 2011 when he traveled to the offices of the Park Foundation in Ithaca, New York, asking for help. He was hopeful and a little desperate. The landowners he represented in the southern tier of the state were in the grip not only of the Great Recession but of New York state’s long, suffocating economic decline. There was, however, one reason for hope, Fitzsimmons and his...

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PA Production Smashes Record Again – Top 10 Wells, Top 5 Counties

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For those readers who are geographically challenged and tend to ignore the facts, Broome, Delaware,and Tioga counties are over the same shale as Susquehanna County Pa. We are missing out on millions of dollars, jobs and stability because of the selfish actions of the 1% and their herd of minions and likely a big shot of Russian and Arab money.JLCpulse

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Without a doubt the biggesMarcellus Drilling Newst story from last week, which broke on MDN’s first day off in our one-week vacation, was the new natural gas...

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Russian Energy Giant Hires DC Lobbyists To Target US Natural Gas Exports

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If this type of news does not get you out of your chair and on your feet, then I predict that the USA is heading straight into the wall right behind NYS. Vote out the corrupt UN-American politicians in Albany and Washington. NOW IS THE TIME! JLCpulse

By Michael Bastasch 8/13/14 in The Daily Caller

Russia’s second-largest natural gas producer has hired a U.S. lobbying firm to target economic sanctions and liquefied natural gas terminal permitting.

Disclosure filings show that OAO Novatek...

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The KGB's Successors And The 'Greening' Of Europe

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This is just a tip of the iceberg that threatens the United States through foreign lobbyists and ignorant environmental zealots doing their best to stop our national rush to energy independence and ultimately that of Europe.JLCpulse

Guest post written by William F. Shughart II in Forbes, 7/3/14

How far will Russian President Vladimir Putin go to stop fracking in Europe? Tint his thinning hair an eco-friendly color?

According to NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen, Russia’s myriad...

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The following Op Ed piece was published this weekend in the Daily Star.

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By  Richard Downey in Oped Daily Star 8/23/14

Back in the day, proving corruption was relatively easy. A search warrant lead to bundles of cold cash in a Ziploc in the freezer. After perp walking the crook in front of the press . . . it was over. Much tougher nowadays in a world of dark money, pass-through foundations, off shore accounts, and 501 (c ) (3)s. You have to connect the dots. Therein lies the tale of public opinion on fracking in New York.
 
 
Dot One: Start with...

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Liberals’ Darling $2.2 Billion Solar Plant Suddenly Needs More of the One Thing You Would Never Expect

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By Zach Noble 8/23/14 in The Blaze, environment

Solar power is supposed to replace fossil fuels, right?

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station concentrates sunshine, heating water and converting the steam into electricity.

But lately, it hasn’t been getting enough sunshine — despite being located in the blistering Mojave Desert southwest of Las Vegas — so the plant’s operators are asking for permission to bring in more of another fuel source: natural gas.

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 59, August 25, 2014

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By David Blackmon in Forbes 8/25/14

In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

T’was a fine and dandy week for folly hunting.  It was the week in which a major Texas daily finally awoke to the job-creating magic the oil and gas industry is producing in its back – and front, and side - yard.  It was the week in which the rank...

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Appeals Court Backs FERC, OKs Millennium's Minisink, NY Compressor

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BY Charlie Passut August 18, 2014 in Natural Gas Intel

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A federal appeals court has denied a request to review a decision by FERC to allow construction of a compressor station in the Town of Minisink, NY, endorsing the Commission’s decision for a 225 Dth/d delivery expansion of Millennium, Pipeline to the Northeast and New England markets.

"Given the choice, almost no one would want natural gas infrastructure built on their block," said Judge Robert Wilkins. "The sentiment is...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 58, August 18, 2014

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By David Blackmon in Forbes 8/18/14

In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

What a week. Where to begin?  Our weekly folly summation begins with a link to just a mindnumbing bit of nonsense from the good folks at EcoWatch.  (Warning:  reading the article in its entirety could result in a significant loss of IQ points.  Don’t say we...

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The Park Foundation Palace and Its Poet Laureate

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Professor Lawrence M. Cathles letter to Andrew Cuomo

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What we have here is  an open letter from Dr Lawrence M Cathles of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University to Andrew Cuomo. Professor Cathles is not a shill of the Park Foundation and is well qualified as well, he is the type of knowledgeable professional individual that one would expect to be confired with relative to earth and atmospheric science in regard to natural gas extraction. However this is New York State and it seems we do not expect much from our...

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2nd Colo. City's Fracking Ban Nixed By State Judge

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This is the type of story I am typically uncomfortable posting on the site with an attendant comment. This a ruling about Colorado law and Colorado state requlation and a governor who has not subordinated the legal system in his own very special way of doing or not doing business. Unless the people of New York wake up to the facts they will find themselves with no say in their government , just like the majority of upstate New Yorkers. The injustice we have experienced in upstate NY countys...

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