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Oil Companies Super-sizing Well Pads that Resemble Mini Industrial Complexes

January 16, 2018

Dave Elkin remembers in the earlier days of the Marcellus when EQT drilled three wells from a single well pad and it was considered a technological marvel. “The greatest thing since sliced bread,” Mr. Elkin, a senior vice president of

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Low Emissions Technology Powers a Cleaner Coal Future

December 22, 2017

In terms of energy access, the importance of coal was once again highlighted when in October a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report detailed the significant role that coal has played in improving energy access around the world. The United

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National Effort Underway to Prop Up Nuclear Plants

November 28, 2017

Federal and state officials are weighing proposals to keep otherwise uneconomic nuclear and coal-fired power plants from retiring. Waves of coal and nuclear plant retirements in recent years have sparked a nationwide debate over the value of baseload power, dividing

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Truckers in Demand as Sand Mines Open in Permian Basin to Support Hydraulic Fracturing

November 2, 2017

Revolutions have taken place over the past decade that have opened up shale plays for the extraction of ever precious hydrocarbons. Horizontal wells are replacing vertical wells. Completions use slickwater hydraulic fracturing instead of gel fracs. Multiple wells are drilled

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Before Gas, Local Oil in Pennsylvania Was Common Place in Early 20th Century

October 31, 2017

An oil drilling rig once was parked outside the Sun-Gazette Publishing Co. along West Fourth Street in the early 20th century. It was owned by the J.F. Yarrison Oil Well Drillers Co., which traveled around Lycoming County drilling for black

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Do Local Hiring Trends Mean a Turning Point for Four Corners Oil and Gas Industry?

October 31, 2017

‘Now hiring’ signs are appearing in the Four Corners area, which is a shift after several setbacks in commodity pricing and market demand for the U.S. oil and gas industry in recent years. Anxiety about job loss is high in

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Fracking Jobs Prove Elusive for Coal Miners Looking to Switch

August 21, 2017

Robert Dennis has mined coal in West Virginia for 10 years but a recent evening found him in a classroom at his local community college. He came to learn about opportunities in fracking, a drilling technique used to produce natural

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South Africa’s Blyvoor Goes from One of the World’s Richest Gold Mines to Ghost Town

August 7, 2017

Thousands of unemployed miners in South Africa are calling on the Government to save their town. The Blyvoor gold mine, near Johannesburg, shut down in 2013 when it became unprofitable. Once one of the richest gold mines in the world,

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Robert W. Chase: Benefits Continuing from Shale Oil Boom

July 31, 2017

Why should U.S. consumers feel good about the shale revolution? The best reason is that U.S. gasoline prices, adjusted for inflation, are the cheapest they’ve been since 2000. The price drop shows that one of the great benefits from the

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Citizen Stakes in Alberta Oil and Gas Development May See Rebirth

June 8, 2017

Citizen stakes in oil and gas development may be reborn in Alberta Albertans had pride in owning the oilsands when production began 50 years ago. Watch for an effort to revive personal connections to resource wealth — and popular acceptance

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