Energy

NPR Story
4:03 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Task Force Proposes Fracking Rules To Colorado Governor

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:42 am

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Middle East
5:11 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Odds Of Nuclear Deal With Iran May Be Rising

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 8:42 pm

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For months we've heard about the slow going in the talks with Iran about its nuclear program. Well, now is the time to start paying attention if you haven't. As we're about to hear, there has been important progress.

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History
7:20 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Even Pickaxes Couldn't Stop The Nation's First Oil Pipeline

Tanks holding oil in Pithole, Pa., in 1868. Samuel Van Syckel built his first pipeline over just five weeks in 1865. At 2 inches in diameter, it was tiny by modern standards — but it was an engineering marvel.
Drake Well Museum/Courtesy of PHMC

One-hundred-fifty years ago, a man named Samuel Van Syckel built the nation's first commercial oil pipeline in the rugged terrain of northwestern Pennsylvania.

His pipeline transformed how oil is transported — and it would change the modern world, too — but not before a battle that makes the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline look meek by comparison.

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Energy
3:16 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Solar Energy Advocates Find Unexpected Ally In Tea Party

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:16 pm

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 3:40 pm

Updated at 4:04 p.m. ET

The White House has notified the Senate that President Obama has, as promised, vetoed congressional legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.

"Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest," Obama said in the notification to the Senate.

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Business
5:16 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Analysts Fear A Prolonged Drop In Oil Prices Will Hurt Oklahoma's Banks

Drilling rigs dot the landscape near Calumet, Okla., in April 2013. Oklahoma's economy blossomed during the domestic fracking boom, but as the price of crude oil drops, that could change.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 1:39 pm

In Oklahoma, a state that largely rode out the recession on a gusher of new-found oil, things may be about to change.

Now it costs more to produce most of Oklahoma's oil than it's worth on the world market. That's triggering a sharp economic reversal, one that some say has the makings of a prolonged downturn.

"Over the last five years, the stars really aligned," says Roy Williams, president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. "The community's investment in itself just blossomed, the energy industry blossomed."

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Energy
6:04 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Oil Company Closes Oklahoma City Office, 100 Jobs Lost

A rig hand on a Triad Energy horizontal drilling operation near Alva, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Range Resources Corp. has closed its Oklahoma City office, resulting in the loss of 100 area jobs.

The Texas-based oil and natural gas producer closed its Oklahoma office Tuesday, the latest casualty of falling oil prices. Employees were placed on 60-day paid leave before their employment officially ends April 20, according to a notice sent to state and local officials.

Range Resources said the opportunity to transfer to other locations was offered to some employees. Those who did not receive an offer will get severance packages.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:10 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Science Of Oil And Gas-Related Earthquakes Is ‘Ready For Application,’ USGS Says

"Coping with earthquakes induced by fluid injection," was published Feb. 20, 2014 in the journal Science.

A new peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Science urges greater partnership between industry, government agencies and researchers in responding to the consequences of earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity.

The paper, authored by the U.S. Geological Survey and other federal scientists, as well as state seismologists, including the Oklahoma Geological Survey’s Austin Holland, also endorsed more transparency:

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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.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

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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