In the past few weeks, something truly unusual happened here in Colorado. It wasn’t that the Arctic Vortex had taken up residence in the state. The temperature at the North Pole, at least for a moment, was warmer than the prevailing temperatures along Colorado’s front range.
QUITO – A Chinese-owned consortium has signed two contracts with the Ecuadorian government to explore two oil blocks in the southern province of Pastaza. The contracts with Andes Petroleum marked the start of oil exploration in Ecuador’s southeastern region and showed foreign investors’ trust in the Ecuadorian government, Ecuadoran Minister of Hydrocarbons Carlos Pareja said on Tuesday.
Research on the amount of gas leaked from onshore oil and gas wells raises “serious questions” over the development of fracking in the UK, Greenpeace has said. Around a third of former onshore oil and gas wells are leaking methane gas, according to the research led by scientists at the University of Durham.
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Governor Tom Wolf announced new rules Tuesday to cut methane emissions from the state’s oil and gas sector. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Wolf’s announcement follows a similar move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in September.
If you drive down Porter Ranch Boulevard – past the banal shopping center with a Petco and a JoAnn Fabrics, up into the brown hills, across the subdivision with identical clay tile roofs – you would have little sense of why this Los Angeles suburb has made national news.
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The U.S. land rig count was down 37 this week and the land horizontal rig count was down 30. Is this capitulation? Hard to say but it’s the biggest drop since March 2015. And, the Fayetteville Shale play officially bit the dust this week with zero rigs for the first time since the play began in 2005.
In 2013, when Republicans were pushing President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, he pushed back, saying that “our national interest will be served only if this pipeline does not significantly exacerbate the climate problem.”
From his seat in the small plane flying over the largest remaining swath of American wilderness, Bruce Babbitt thought he could envision the legacy of one of his proudest achievements as Interior secretary in the Clinton administration.
Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton told South Carolinians that she is skeptical of whether offshore oil and natural gas drilling should be allowed off southeastern states’ coasts.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Two energy companies asked a judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit by an Oklahoma woman who claims she was injured in an earthquake caused by the injection of wastewater deep into the ground – a long-used method to dispose of the chemical-laced byproduct of oil and gas production.
via The Big Story