Energy

NPR Story
4:06 am
Tue January 20, 2015

U.S. Should End Its Export Ban On Crude Oil, Study Says

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:58 am

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Economy
3:38 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

A worker installs solar panels atop a government building in Lakewood, Colo. The industry has added more than 80,000 jobs since 2010, according to The Solar Foundation.
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Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 6:32 pm

The solar energy business is growing fast, thanks in part to a steep drop in panel prices.

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Energy
6:45 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Declining Oil Prices Forcing Industry To Cut Jobs

An oil well near a neighborhood in Yukon, Okla.
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Declining crude oil prices have forced three major industry firms with strong northeastern Oklahoma ties to lay off workers.

The Tulsa World reports that Apache Corp., Baker Hughes and Schlumberger have begun laying off employees in response to the oil price crash in the past six months.

Two weeks ago, Denver-based producer SM Energy announced it would close its Tulsa office, which employs 100 people.

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The Great Plains Oil Rush
4:27 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Falling Oil Prices Have North Dakota Migrants Rethinking The Boom

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 5:33 pm

A year ago, as part of our series on the Great Plains oil rush, we brought you the story of a 36-year-old father who had recently lost his job when one of the last major timber mills in the Northwest shut down. After several years struggling to find steady work and even after going back to school, Rory Richardson decided to commute 550 miles from his home in far western Montana, to a place where jobs are plentiful - the oil fields of North Dakota. But after a little more than a year, he and his family have decided the toll is just too great.

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Environment
3:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 5:33 pm

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:51 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Oklahoma Earthquake Rate Is High, But Holding Steady

A panel of state geological surveys and oil and gas regulators at the National Seismic Hazard Workshop on Induced Seismicity, held in November at a conference center in Midwest City, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma experienced more earthquakes than California in 2014, but the rate and severity of the shaking “has held relatively flat over the past 12 months,” The Oklahoman’s Adam Wilmoth reports.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:04 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Engineering Students At Oklahoma Universities Anxious About Low Oil Prices

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The price of crude oil has plummeted below $50 a barrel, and while there are varying opinions and analyses on whether the downturn will be short slump or a long slog, students in Oklahoma who are enrolled in engineering disciplines are starting to worry that low oil prices could affect

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Economy
6:42 am
Tue January 13, 2015

'Kings When It's Good': Oklahoma Braces For Possible Crude Crash

An oil and gas facility in Roger Mills County in far-western Oklahoma. The governor is warning state agencies that low oil prices could stall the state economy.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 11:26 am

The sign on the front door of Pecan Creek Catering in New Cordell, Okla., may say closed, but this kitchen is open for business. It used to be a cafe, but owner Chad Igo closed the restaurant years ago to focus on catering exclusively to the oil industry.

"We're kings when it's good. They love us. But as soon as it gets tight, we're the first one to get cut," he says.

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Around the Nation
4:04 am
Tue January 13, 2015

In Louisiana, Cheaper Gas Can Pump People Full Of Anxiety

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 9:57 am

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Business
4:04 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Auto Industry Challenged By Falling Gas Prices

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 7:21 pm

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