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Silverstein: Natural gas will give the industry the ‘oomph’ it needs

Renewable energy creates jobs and helps minimize air pollutants, but the growth of America’s energy sector is hinged on good ol’ oil and gas, according to Forbes columnist Ken Silverstein. “If the United States is to see the 3.6 percent growth in annual output, the oomph will come from the increase in oil and natural gas production,” Silverstein writes. “Ironic, ...

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Editorial: Fracking laws need to be stronger


When the need for fossil fuels conflicts with the need to protect the environment — particularly our water supply — we’ve got to come down on the side of safe water. So the Legislature needs to pass a bill by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Calabasas, to update the state’s policies of monitoring oil extraction operations. Two recent headlines raised doubt that ...

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Gas line explodes in Bellevue; 2 ‘significantly burned’

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BELLEVUE, Wash. — Fire officials say two people have been “significantly burned” in a gas-line explosion at a building under construction in Bellevue. Lt. Richard Burke said the victims were being transported to Harborview Medical Center. Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said two men were being treated. A 45-year-old man was in satisfactory condition and a 36-year-old man was in serious ...

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Norman to consider amendments to city ordinance

When municipalities across the nation began debating fracking bans, Oklahoma lawmakers struck back, enacting legislation to protect the state’s billion-dollar oil and gas industry. On May 29, Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 809 into law, prohibiting cities and towns from banning fracking or other oil and gas operations within city limits. The new law was a setback to many ...

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US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 9 to 859

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by nine this week to 859. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 635 rigs were seeking oil and 221 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, with oil prices nearly double the current ...

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