STAFF BLOG NIE ROCKS! Oil spill questions and answers
Here is an informative article from MCT/McClatchy newspapers. It takes a look at the history of oil and offshore drilling in a question and answer format to help put the recent oil spill in conte... Posted on 6/17/10 at 12:00 AM
The rush to mine frac sand in Wisconsin and Minnesota has slowed. The silica sand is still needed to pull natural gas from the earth through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which is happening in other states. But demand for the sand isn't growing as fast as it was a couple of years ago. Despite the trend, several Minnesota companies are still eager to mine it.
A natural gas explosion in one of New England's biggest cities on Friday leveled a strip club with a boom heard for miles and heavily damaged a dozen other buildings but didn't kill anyone, authorities said.
The search for what caused a massive, deadly explosion that rocked an Indianapolis neighborhood turned to natural gas Monday, with officials checking gas lines and a homeowner saying a problem furnace could be to blame.
Charles Wilson and Tom LoBianco
, November 12, 2012
A New York company wants $1 million in North Dakota taxpayer aid to explore a proposal for mobile plants that turn natural gas into farm fertilizer. The state Industrial Commission will consider the request next week.
True, the cost of natural gas has gone up and down. But the cost of coal is going up steadily and will accelerate as easy-to-mine reserves shrink.
That’s one reason why power companies are investing in natural gas.
Natural gas production in the Williston Basin could more than quadruple current levels, pushing North Dakota into a more leading role in supplying the U.S. natural gas market, according to a study released Wednesday.
A plunge in the price of natural gas has made it cheaper for utilities to produce electricity. But the savings aren't translating to lower rates for customers. Instead, U.S. electricity prices are going up.
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