Energy

5:00am

Fri March 27, 2015
Energy

Research Flights Probe Why Some Oil & Gas Basins Pollute More Than Others

The NOAA P3 aircraft will be flying over oil and gas basins across the western United States.
CIRES

Researchers from the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder have begun a new study to measure air pollution from oil and gas fields across the West.

The scientists are flying a small airplane across numerous oil and gas basins, from North Dakota's Bakken oil field, through Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, and all the way down to Texas. They will take measurements of methane as well as ozone precursors, and aim to answer the question: Why do some oil and natural gas production basins pollute more than others?

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5:47am

Tue March 24, 2015
Energy

Low Oil Prices Put The Focus On Innovation, Well Efficiency – Not More Drilling

John Pope is the CEO of WellDog, an energy technology services company.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

Oil and gas executives are wondering, "how do we get more out of our wells?"

The urgency of that query, in response to falling oil prices and drilling rig counts, has companies responding by switching their focus from efficiency above ground to efficiency below. Think of it as embracing technology to increase well production versus simply drilling faster and operating 24/7.

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12:11pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Energy

Some Anxiety, But No Slowdown For North Dakota Oil Boom Town

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 5:58 pm

A production site in the Bakken oil patch as seen from inside an abandoned farmhouse just outside Watford City, N.D.
David Gilkey NPR

Low oil prices are causing a drop in new drilling and exploration in North Dakota, but not as much as you might expect.

Take the boom town of Watford City, over in the northwestern corner of the state and in the heart of the Bakken oil patch. Its population has tripled since 2010, and today, continues to climb.

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11:03am

Fri March 20, 2015
Energy

Interior Department Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:18 pm

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks in Anchorage, Alaska. The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
Dan Joling AP

The Department of the Interior has unveiled new regulations on hydraulic fracturing operations that take place on federal lands, requiring companies using the drilling technique to ensure wells are safe and to disclose chemicals used in the process.

The rules change follows a more than three-year review process and will affect the 90 percent of oil and gas wells on federal lands that now use so-called fracking to extract oil and gas.

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7:59am

Wed March 18, 2015
Politics

As Schuller Steps Down, What's Ahead For Colorado's Energy Industry?

Tisha Schuller, the current executive in charge of the state's trade organization for oil and gas has accounced her departure from the position.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

The executive director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Tisha Schuller, recently announced that she's leaving the state's largest trade organization for the energy industry.

In a statement released by COGA, Schuller said it was a "wild ride" and that she was honored to have represented the state's oil industry. While remaining in her position until the end of May, Schuller sat down to talk about the future of the industry and why she decided to leave her position.

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