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January 8, 2013
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  • All of Apache's fracking pumps to run on natural gas, exec says
    Apache is poised to become the first company to have all of its hydraulic fracturing pumps be fueled by natural gas, an executive said. The company's goal is to reduce emissions associated with fracking, cut fuel costs by 40% and boost the consumption of natural gas, said Mike Bahorich, Apache's executive vice president of technology. "What's really motivating Apache is, if you think about it, I would challenge you to think of an idea that could generate more value for our economy and our environment than switching from oil to natural gas," he said. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Timing is ripe for Keystone XL pipeline's approval
    The timing is right for President Barack Obama to clear TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline as the U.S. continues to deal with high unemployment and a weak economy, according to the editorial board of Oil & Gas Journal. While there are environmental risks associated with the pipeline, its construction is expected to generate jobs and its operation is seen to strengthen energy security and the economies of both the U.S. and Canada. The benefits outweigh contentions against the project, the editorial board argues. Oil & Gas Journal (subscription required) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Towed Shell rig safely reaches Alaska's Kiliuda Bay
    Royal Dutch Shell's Kulluk rig has safely reached Alaska's Kiliuda Bay, several days after the vessel was grounded off the Alaskan coast, according to the Unified Command. The rig was towed by the anchor handling vessel MV Aiviq at an average speed of 4 miles per hour over 45 nautical miles. There were no signs of oil leaks during the trip, the Unified Command said. The rig is now undergoing assessments. Rigzone (1/7) 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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  Policy Watch 
  • Sen. Murkowski's bill seeks to expand offshore revenue sharing
    States would get a larger share of offshore oil and natural gas production revenues under a bill being crafted by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. States would automatically get 27.5% of revenues, with an additional 10% available if those funds are allocated to research and development projects. "All of this is in the very, very early stages," said McKie Campbell, Murkowski's committee staff director. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fracking rules among key items under Obama's second term
    The Obama administration is expected to tackle several ongoing energy issues, including hydraulic fracturing and offshore safety, as it opens its second term, observers say. A policy proposed by the Bureau of Land Management would require drillers to disclose the chemicals used in fracking on federal lands, and the agency is still studying close to 200,000 public comments on the plan. Officials from the energy industry said such a proposal could lead to broader policies in the future. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Groundwater sampling rules clear Colo. regulators
    Energy firms operating in Colorado will have to conduct groundwater sampling before and after drilling, under new rules approved by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The trade group Colorado Oil & Gas Association expressed concern about the rules, saying they could jeopardize development because of cumbersome requirements. Associated Press (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio oil, gas tax increase proposal draws fire from industry
    A top executive of an Ohio-based industry group criticized Gov. John Kasich's proposal to increase oil and natural gas severance taxes, saying it would place an unfair burden on a single industry. Tom Stewart, executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, also says Kasich is wrong to say that because out-of-state energy firms and their shareholders are getting most of the profits from developing the state's portion of the Utica Shale play they should be taxed more heavily. "The governor calls these people 'foreigners,'" Stewart said, "but these are the people who are coming into the state and investing here." American City Business Journals/Columbus, Ohio (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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