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In Colorado: Oil And Gas Polish Their Public Image

Anadarko's STIM Center consolidates the fracking operations of four well pads into one.

The oil and gas industry dodged a bullet this year in Colorado. A last-minute compromise avoided a series of ballot measures that could have seriously restricted the industry’s ability to operate in the state.
But, many Colorado communities are still leery about the drilling they see right outside their door. So, oil companies are working hard to polish their public image, both through messaging and improving their techniques. Continue Reading →

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More Money To Fight Over, More Money To Fight With: North Dakota Politics Transformed

North Dakotans for Common Sense Conservation, the official group opposing Measure 5, links to, the website sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute.

North Dakota has always been a friendly, easy place to vote. It is the only state in the country without voter registration, and precincts are small enough that poll volunteers often recognize people who come through the door. "It’s kinda like a reunion," said Bonnie Fix, who's been working elections here since 2001. "Kinda like a family picnic." Running for office in North Dakota has historically been equally low-key--and low budget, with winning candidates for state offices raising less than a few thousand dollars each. But the oil boom has changed all that. Continue Reading →

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EPA Lowers The Bar In Defining Biofuels

Switchgrass, a cellulosic biofuel crop.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's move to change the definition for what qualifies as a cellulosic biofuel has caused some controversy. According to Energy Global, the new rule essentially allows energy products that are 75 percent cellulosic to qualify as a 100 percent cellulosic biofuel. Continue Reading →

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