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Energy’s Latest Target: Women

By Alan Neuhauser After two decades changing diapers, nanny Shelly Alexander was ready for a change herself. “I wanted a job I could use my brain for,” says Alexander, who lives in Spring Valley in northeast Pennsylvania. “I had a great job, but I had no retirement, I had no benefits. It was just time.”

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Gas Prices Will Soon Drop Below $2 Per Gallon

By Brad Tuttle Gas prices have been falling for months, and thanks to plummeting oil prices, they’re expected to keep on dropping through the end of the year—dipping below $2 per gallon in some parts of the country. As of Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular was down to $2.77, according to

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GasFrac’s president sees golden opportunity in waterless fracking in Ohio

By Tom Knox Oil and gas companies want waterless fracking because it could work better than water fracking. Residents want waterless fracking because it saves millions of gallons of water and cuts down on transportation needed to truck used water away. Add that to a failure of Ohio’s oil and gas companies to economically drill

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Oil, gas industry tries to keep talent in pipeline

By David Conti Four years ago, Bryan Dickson and Matt Ockree were among the youngest engineers working on gas well pads in Western Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale fields. “I was out in the frack van with Bryan a lot of days and a lot of nights, learning from the people with more experience,” said Ockree, 27,

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Report: Without The Fracking Boom, Oil Would Be At $150 Per Barrel

By Michael Bastasch The price of oil fell from about $100 per barrel to $80 per barrel in a matter of months, bringing with it lower gasoline prices for drivers and a modest boost to the economy ahead of the holiday season. This is all thanks to the advent of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal

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Ohio Anti-Fracking Activists Want to Delay First Responders from Receiving Important Information

By Jackie Stewart Back in October of 2013, Energy In Depth reported on how anti-fracking activists in Ohio were trying to slow down first responders with added bureaucracy, based on dubious assumptions about regulatory exemptions. In that report, we discussed how disastrous it could be if first responders were sent back to the stone ages

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Shale academy ready to graduate oil and gas workers

By Greta Mittereder SALINEVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – The Utica Shale Academy, located inside Southern Local Schools, held a special demonstration Tuesday for students and board members. Austin Sadler, 17, is the only senior in the academy. He hasn’t wasted any time obtaining three certifications needed to get a job in the oil and gas industry

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Energy Saves the Day

By Pete Sapp In Washington, nothing plays better than a good narrative. And for opponents of traditional energy, no yarn has gotten more mileage than “Big Oil versus middle-class America.” It’s reached emblematic, near-parable status among some politicians – that oil and natural gas producers (the modern-day Goliath) overshadow and intimidate hapless consumers who cry

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Moab energy company testing fracking method near Dead Horse Point, Canyonlands

By Brian Maffly A Moab energy company is testing a novel method of fracking at its booming oil field outside Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point State Park. The experimental extraction method — injecting oil rather than chemical-laden water underground — has shaken environmentalists already worried about the industrialization of a scenic area. Fidelity Exploration and

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Rail Shipments Of Oil And Petroleum Continue To Rise

According to the Energy Information Administration, U.S. rail traffic, including carloadings of all commodity types, has increased 4.5 percent through October 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Crude oil and petroleum products had the second-biggest increase in carloadings through the first 10 months of this year, with these shipments occurring in parts of

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EV Energy Partners wants to sell off Utica assets in January

By Bob Downing Texas-based EV Energy Partners is preparing to sell off its Utica shale assets in eastern Ohio in 2015, along with its interest in processing facilities. There has been “enough drilling activity and consistent result to de-risk our assets and acreage,” said John Walker, the company’s executive chairman. The value of the company’s

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Shell Execs Update Public on Its Cracker Plant Project

By Dan O’Brien MIDLAND, Pa. – In about 30 days, Shell Chemicals should announce that it’s ready to begin remediation work on more than 540 acres in order to prepare the land for its proposed multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant here. “That’s part of the permitting process in Pennsylvania,” said Randy Armstrong, Shell’s senior environmental adviser.

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