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Why Oil Prices Are Dropping Despite Mideast Unrest

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Does today's disconnect between global oil markets and the chaos that's gripping the region signal an end to the era of triple digit oil prices? If so, what are the consequences for North America's oil industry?

Planned Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Lodges Akin to Man Camps Elsewhere

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Susan Buchanan

As oilfield and service staff reach a critical mass, particularly in southwest Mississippi, communities want to build crew lodges for them.

Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fight Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

Steve Horn | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain. Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.

Fossil Fuel Transport Leads to a Crude Awakening

Marc Yaggi | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Marc Yaggi

The railways need to learn from the Exxon Valdez spill and put in place preventive measures to protect the environment before we see the rail equivalent of a Valdez disaster.

How Oil And Gas Firms Gained Influence And Transformed North Dakota

Center for Public Integrity | Nicholas Kusnetz | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. ...

The Future of U.S. Energy

Brigham A. McCown | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Brigham A. McCown

With enormous supplies and massive investments in natural gas and oil in the US, the nation's domestic supply of energy continues to grow at a record ...

Dairyland to Petrostate: Wisconsin Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time

Steve Horn | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

DeSmogBlog is publishing the first documents ever obtained from the Wisconsin government revealing routes for oil-by-rail trains in the state carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale basin.

Oil's New Manifest Destiny Stalks the Great Plains of North Dakota

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

The maps. It was initially all about the maps. But it is geography that unites and divides.

Bakken Trains

J Henry Fair | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

There has been an alarming rise in the incidence of train accidents in the last two years involving the derailment of tanker cars carrying crude oil, spilling large volumes of toxic crude oil into waterways.

Oil Drilling Encroaching On National Park Atop Bakken Shale

AP | JOSH WOOD | Posted 08.22.2014 | Green

THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. (AP) — After the last hints of sunset dip behind the hills, the North Dakota horizon comes alive with flicker...

When a Public Hearing Isn't for the Public; Oil Train Hearing in Spokane, WA Leaves Public Frustrated

Bart Mihailovich | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Bart Mihailovich

If this truly was a hearing for Spokane, by Spokane, we most certainly would have seen, and would have been right to expect to see presentations or statements from various response or regulatory agencies in the area who would be responsible if something were to happen in Spokane.

Open Letter to Obama: The Ages Have Been at Work

Taylor Brorby | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green
Taylor Brorby

This past November I sent you an invitation to visit North Dakota, and it seems you have taken up the offer. As I understand it, you will be visiting the Standing Rock Reservation on June 13. I hope you will consider visiting the Fort Berthold Reservation, what I would call Ground Zero of the Bakken oil boom.

Murder, Mayhem and Mexican Mafia Stalk the Bakken Oil Fields

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 03.26.2014 | Crime
Georgianne Nienaber

Shortly before Spokane businessman Doug Carlisle was found murdered in the kitchen of his three story home he told his son, "If I disappear or wake up with bullets in my back, promise me you will let everyone know that James Henrikson did it."

Weather Shift Near Train Derailment Worries Officials

AP | DAVE KOLPACK | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — A shift in the weather could increase the risk of potential health hazards after a mile-long train carrying crude oil deraile...

Open Letter to Obama: Mr. President, Wake the Frack Up

Taylor Brorby | Posted 02.16.2014 | Green
Taylor Brorby

The buttes are no longer the biggest draw to the region; they are instead a witness to some of the worst devastation our country has ever seen.

The Water Is Fracked Up

Taylor Brorby | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green
Taylor Brorby

Here's the reality: the Gila monster, the Joshua tree and human beings are all solar-powered creatures on a solar-powered planet. Lizards, trees, humans and the rest of the earth depend on the sun for warmth and growth.

Sit Down, Mr. Donohue

Taylor Brorby | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
Taylor Brorby

What happens to the family or the town that starts inhaling propane due to unregulated fracking? What happens to the people whose aquifers are drained in the process of fracking?

Flaring Under Fire in North Dakota's Bakken Boom

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 10.17.2013 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

was the largest oil spill in the current Bakken boom and may prove to be the largest land spill in U.S. history. While oil companies have so far avoided concerns of environmentalists, they may not be able to evade a lawsuit alleging lost income by mineral rights' holders due to the flaring of natural gas.

Bakken Oil: A Fort Berthold Elder Speaks to Power

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Marilyn's passion at this stage of her life, now as an administrator at the Museum of the Three Affiliated Tribes, is establishing an online database that will keep tribal members informed about the impact of oil exploration on the reservation.

Man Camps and Predator Economics Threaten Heartland Native Communities

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

It was just a matter of time before "man camps" would pose a threat to sacred native lands and bring sexual violence, prostitution, and increased drug traffic into the heartland of Native culture in North and South Dakota.

The Fracking Boom: Do We Want to Leave Our Children an Industrialized Landscape?

Frances Beinecke | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

America has a choice to make. We can stand by and watch energy companies industrialize our beloved landscapes. Or we can create smart safeguards that hold companies accountable for pollution and put sensitive places off limits.

Will Saudi Arabia Allow the U.S. Oil Boom?

James Burgess | Posted 06.05.2013 | Green
James Burgess

Technology, technology, and more technology--this is what has driven the American oil and gas boom starting in the Bakken and now being played out in ...

2012's Top 5 Oil & Gas Plays

Jen Alic | Posted 12.19.2012 | Green
Jen Alic

2012 has been a stellar year for oil and gas. From East Africa to North America, new technology, major new discoveries, an unparalleled appetite for exploration and a metamorphosing perception of risk have changed the playing field.

Joe Van Brussel

A Young Entrepreneur's Idea In The Boom Economy Of The Bakken Oil Patch

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 11.30.2012 | College

In the Williston area of North Dakota, where the unemployment rate was recently reported at one percent and job openings outnumbered the jobless 10 to...

Bad News for Pipelines, Good News for Rail

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 08.09.2012 | Green
Daniel J. Graeber

Though in terms of volume, pipeline transportation has proved its merit, the move by BP in the Bakken formation suggests rail transit remains a viable option for the industry.