Energy

Business
5:50 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

As Oil Prices Tank, Firms Large And Small Feel The Pain

An oil well in Garden City, Texas. With prices plunging, oil companies are laying off thousands of workers.
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Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 7:13 pm

It's a painful time to be in the oil business. With the price of crude oil about half what it was six months ago, companies large and small are being pressured to cut costs.

On the front lines are oil services companies that do everything from drilling to providing electrical power at well sites. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are threatened as companies try to adjust.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:58 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Cities Consider Tougher Drilling Rules, State Lawmakers Eye 'Local Control' Limits

Protestors outside a public meeting in Oklahoma City about an oil company's proposal to drill near Lake Hefner held signs and chanted "Stop fracking now" and "No more drilling."
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide ban on fracking in 2014, Oklahoma Rep. Casey Murdock took notice.

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Energy
3:10 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Uncertain Future For Petroleum Engineers

In Vladimir Alvarado's petroleum engineering class, there are no signs enrollment is shrinking, although job prospects are getting slim. (Stephanie Joyce)

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 1:23 pm

Six months ago, joining a petroleum engineering program seemed like a good investment. With starting salaries above $100,000 and endless optimism about the shale revolution, enrollment climbed in many programs across the country.

But now that there is an oil price slump, some students are reevaluating their decision. And some departments are already worried about what will happen if low prices stick around. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Stephanie Joyce of Inside Energy reports.

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Around the Nation
4:20 am
Wed February 18, 2015

W.Va. Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions About Newer Tankers

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 6:24 am

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Around the Nation
4:00 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Fiery W.Va. Derailment Prompts More Concern About Transporting Oil

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 6:08 pm

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Asia
4:08 am
Tue February 17, 2015

What's It Like To Live Without Electricity? Ask An Indian Villager

Without horsepower, they rely on human power: Mother and daughter-in-law Sheela and Sunita Devi shred sugarcane into feed.
Ibrahim Malik for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 7:19 am

Imagine living in a world with little or no light when the sun set. That's the plight of an estimated 300 million Indians — a quarter of the population, mostly the rural poor.

They're not left completely in the dark. Kerosene lamps provide light. Cow dung patties provide fuel for cooking. But these options take a toll on time and health. That's why India's prime minister is calling for global partnerships to bring green energy to the powerless millions.

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Middle East
4:05 am
Tue February 17, 2015

On Iran's Streets, 'Death To America' ... And Hope For A Nuclear Deal

Iranians commemorate the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution near the Azadi Tower in Tehran on Wednesday. While many Iranians would like to reorder relations with the West, there's also plenty of skepticism about whether it will actually happen.
Ebrahim Noroozi AP

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 12:01 pm

At the anniversary of Iran's revolution, Iranians still chanted "Death to America." Yet many we encountered in a brief visit to the country seemed prepared to shift relations with the West.

We interviewed more than 20 people in three cities: Tehran, Isfahan and Kashan. Our talks were very far from a scientific sample. They took place in a country where citizens must speak with great care.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:36 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Frequent Small Earthquakes Raise Risk Of Bigger Ones In Oklahoma, Study Suggests

USGS geophysicist William Ellsworth.
Credit Michael Diggles / U.S. Geological Survey

The daily occurrence of small earthquakes linked to oil and gas drilling in Oklahoma increases the likelihood of larger earthquakes, new research suggests.

“The chances are still small, but we know that from earthquakes the real potential for trouble is in those very unlikely large-magnitude earthquakes,” says geophysicist William Ellsworth of the U.S. Geological Survey, who, along with state and university scientists, presented findings to the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the group’s annual conference in San Jose, Calif.

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Energy
3:20 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Low Oil Prices Great For Consumers, Less So For Investors

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 5:26 pm

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Environment
4:19 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Keystone XL Pipeline Would Transport 'Dirty Energy'

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 12:54 pm

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The years' long debate over the Keystone XL pipeline arrived at an important moment yesterday. Congress gave final approval for the project after a vote in the House.

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