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February 19, 2013
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  • Ohio shale industry helps generate jobs, officials say
    The shale oil and natural gas industry in Ohio has helped generate jobs for the state, officials say. In one year, Southeast Ohio's oil drilling and pipelining jobs grew by 24%. "Ohio is fortunate to have a natural gift with great potential for reinvigorating our economy: huge deposits of shale rock, beneath which sit potentially vast reserves of oil and natural gas," said Michael Colbert, director of the state's Department of Job and Family Services. The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register (Wheeling, W.Va.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Total expresses concern about earnings rules in Indonesia
    Indonesia's earnings rules for foreign investors could affect Total's operations in the country, the company said. Under the rules, exporters are required to direct their earnings through local banks, but the decline in the rupiah's value prompted concerns from the French oil major. Chevron, Indonesia's largest oil producer, earlier warned that it could slash investments in the country because of the rules. Reuters (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
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  • Bill seeks to include S.C. in offshore leasing program
    A bill unveiled by Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., would include South Carolina in the federal five-year offshore leasing program. The measure would play a key role in the safe development of the country's oil and natural gas resources, he said. "South Carolina is already a national leader in nuclear power. Developing our resources along the coast can help make South Carolina a model for an all-the-above approach to energy," Duncan said. The Greenville News (S.C.) (subscription required) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. signs energy cooperation pact with Canada
    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has struck a deal with the Canadian National Energy Board to cooperate on energy issues. "It lays the groundwork for cooperation on matters of mutual interest between our two agencies and it's an important step in sharing best practices and supporting effective regulatory outcomes," said Gaetan Caron, chairman of the Canadian National Energy Board. United Press International (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Next USGS chief should be an economic geologist, lawmakers say
    An economic geologist should succeed outgoing U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt, who announced her resignation last month, several Senate Republicans said in a letter to President Barack Obama. "We believe that an individual with such a background could most effectively balance the additional activities that USGS has taken on over the years with those contemplated by its Organic Act, which provides for 'the classification of the public lands and examination of the geological structure, mineral resources and products of the national domain,'" the lawmakers said. Oil & Gas Journal (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • API RP 752 and 753: Facility Siting Regulations and Compliance
    This course is a management-level overview and addresses the regulatory requirements for facility siting. Learn from ABS Consulting personnel who performed the Baker Panel PSM reviews and participated in the BP Texas City investigation what the results and recommendations could mean to your company and your industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Another chance to support U.S. natural gas exports
    The Obama administration is asking for a second round of comments to get your thoughts on liquefied natural gas exports. Thanks to our abundant natural gas resources, America has a multibillion-dollar opportunity at its fingertips. According to a recent Department of Energy study, LNG exports have the potential to generate up to $47 billion in new economic activity in the U.S. by 2020. Don't wait: Tell the Department of Energy that we can't miss this opportunity to tap into our LNG potential. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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