Oil and Gas

2:09pm

Fri June 6, 2014
Oil and Gas

Crude Oil Rail Routes Won't Be Made Public

Tankers in a railroad yard in Wisconsin, pictured June 2013.
Randen Pederson Flickr - Creative Commons

The railroad industry is taking steps to avoid public disclosure of crude oil shipment routes, reports The Associated Press. The companies were ordered in May by the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin notifying rail yards and emergency responders when large shipments of Bakken crude were rolling through their communities.

Those disclosures are due to begin June 7. The companies have to reveal route details and the amount of oil carried in shipments of 35 or more tank cars.

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5:50am

Tue June 3, 2014
Environment

Was The Greeley Quake A 'Frack Quake'?

A screencap from the Colorado Geological Survey's online earthquake and fault and fold map. Dark blue cirlces denote 1.60 to 2.59 magnitude quakes, bright red denotes 5.59 to 6.59.
Colorado Geological Survey

After a 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit Saturday evening near the northeastern Colorado town of Greeley, questions about its connection to oil and gas development started popping up on social media and in the blogosphere, with anti-fracking activists trying to make a link between the two.

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12:50pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Energy

What’s In A Word: Is It Fracking or Frac’ing?

Fracking vs Frac’ing: On the left, fracking protesters hold a sign outside Fort Collins City Council Chambers. Pictured on the right, the fracturing process at a well site.
Grace Hood (left) / Irekia - Eusko Jaurlaritza (right) KUNC (left)/ Creative Commons (right)

While the media, the public and now the Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary all spell it “fracking,” many in the oil and gas industry don’t.

“I would spell it frac’ing,” said Scott Hall, a Denver-based petroleum engineer with decades in the industry.

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9:09am

Tue May 27, 2014
Energy

Methane, VOCs The Target Of Colorado's New Regulations

Gary Graham with Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates compares how methane emissions at drilling sites can be seen with infrared technology.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Starting in May, new regulations begin to go into effect in Colorado to cap methane emissions from oil and gas drilling sites. These regulations could prove to be a model for the rest of the country.

The measures are also groundbreaking because of the rare collaboration between industry, environmentalists and state leaders which led to the rules.

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6:30am

Fri May 23, 2014
Energy Boom

Filling Oil Jobs Isn't The Problem, It's Filling The Regulatory Jobs

A rig worker in Williston, North Dakota.
Lindsey G Flickr - Creative Commons

The newly discovered abundance of domestic oil and gas is creating a shortage of something else: the petroleum engineers who regulate drilling activities. Those engineers approve drilling plans and inspect wells after they’re completed to make sure they’re not at risk of contaminating water or blowing out.

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