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The Takeaway

Oklahoma Lawmakers Push to Ban Fracking Bans

Friday, April 03, 2015

Red state, small government? Think again. Oklahoma lawmakers are trying to pass measures that would ban cities and counties from restricting oil and gas drilling in their own backyards.

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The Takeaway

Sleepy New Mexico Towns See Oil Boom

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The oil boom of the southwestern United States has rapidly transformed Hobbs, New Mexico and other once-sleepy towns into the stereotypical boom towns. But the environmental impacts are acute in one of the most water-stressed regions of New Mexico.

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Transportation Nation

Lawmakers Want to Bring Offshore Drilling To Virginia Waters

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

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A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers want to bring oil and gas drilling off the commonwealth's coast. And now, the state's senators are crafting legislation to force the federal government's hand.

 

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Transportation Nation

AUDIO: Money Talking Asks, Is Energy Independence A Reality?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Oil wells north of Bakersfield, CA (Photo CC by Flickr user Tomasso Galli)

From our friends at WNYC's Money Talking.

For years, politicians have called for the nation to end its dependence on foreign oil.  That time could be fast approaching.

This week, the Energy Information Administration forecast that the U.S. is expected to produce more oil than it imports for the first time since 1995.  Most of the increase will come from shale fields in North Dakota and Texas.

The news comes after earlier reports that the U.S. could produce more oil than Saudi Arabia by 2020.

This week on Money Talking, regular contributors Rana Foroohar ofTime magazine and Joe Nocera of the New York Times join WNYC's Business Editor Charlie Herman to assess just how the nation is becoming more energy independent and what it means for the economy.  Also, with the U.S. consuming less foreign oil and other countries like China picking up the slack, how will that change global alliances.

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Transportation Nation

Texas to Investigate Health Risks of Living Near Drilling Site

Monday, August 20, 2012

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The number of oil and gas drilling sites is rapidly growing with the proliferation of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. Each new well brings new fears to neighbors who After a rise in breast cancer rates in one area attracted national attention in Texas, the state will now investigate the potential health effects of living near drilling sites.

The investigative reporting unit StateImpact, says previous limited studies have found no health risks in Texas, though studies in Utah and Colorado have pinned ill-health and smog on drilling. Dave Fehling spoke with Texas officials about the potential study.

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Transportation Nation

Trucking Key Reason Oil Service Company Moves to Small Eastern Montana Town

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Joe Bowen of Mud Masters holds up a sample of "drilling mud" used on the drilling rigs at his office in Glendive, MT. Photo by Jackie Yamanaka.

(Glendive, MT – YPR) – A company that provides drilling fluids for the oil industry says transportation is the reason why it chose to locate its Bakken Oil operations in a small Eastern Montana community.

“We depend so much on trucking,” says Joe Bowen, area manager of The Mud Master’s Group. “That’s the only reason why we’re not in Billings.” He says four to five semi trucks a day, loaded with Mud Master products, leaves the Glendive facility daily for the Bakken oil fields.

Mud Masters provides drilling mud and other products. The company has facilities in Texas, Louisiana Oklahome, West Virginia, and now Montana. The Bakken oil fields in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota is the secondlargest oil play in the U.S.

Bowen says he had to convince his bosses to locate a facility in Glendive over Billings. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city of Glendive is 4,935 people, while the population of the city of Billings (the state’s largest city) is 104,180 people.

“I considered Billings hard,” says Bowen who still has a home in Billings, as well as in Glendive. “I lived in Billings when Mud Masters wanted to expand into North Dakota. I wouldn’t live in North Dakota. I’m from Montana. I live in Montana.”

“I’m just as close in Glendive to every drilling rig in the Bakken as a business in Williston, North Dakota is,” he says.

To illustrate his point, Bowen draws an equilateral triangle on the chalkboard in his Glendive office. At each point, he writes:  Glendive, Williston, and Dickinson; on each line he writes 98 miles. By contrast, Billings is another 220 miles to the West of Glendive or at least 3 ½ hours of driving time on I-94.

“By the time a truck leaves Billings and comes to the Bakken and delivers, before the driver can get home he runs out of time,” Bowen says. The distance from Billings to Williston is about 320 miles or just over 5 hours via I-94. Then there’s additional time and distance to the drilling rigs that dot the oil fields.

Bowen says Billings has the infrastructure, housing, shopping and other amenities that the smaller communities of Glendive and other Eastern Montana communities don’t. “But we depend so much on trucking,” he says. “That’s the only reason we’re not in Billings.”

Bowen says Billings remains vital to his company, however, because of its airport.  The Glendive office has eight full-time employees who live in the area, he says. The remaining 10 rotate in and out from Texas, Louisiana, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. All will fly into Billings and either drive or board Silver Airways (provided by Gulfstream International Airlines), the Essential Air Service provider to rural Montana.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: If Oil Production Increased, Why Aren't Republicans Gassed?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A June auction of over 38 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for drilling may look nice on the President's energy résumé, but leaves oil companies and Republicans wanting more.

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The Takeaway

Ray Lahood on Deadlocked Transportation Bill

Friday, February 17, 2012

Transportation bills usually get a free ride through Congress — they create jobs and maintain the country's infrastructure. But the recent House five-year, $260 transportation bill would be funded by new drilling projects, and reigniting partisan divides between the two parties. What is the future of a comprehensive approach on transportation? President Obama's secretary of transportation joins us for a discussion.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fracking Report

Friday, September 09, 2011

Mireya Navarro, environmental reporter for The New York Times focused on the New York region and the author of Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2009), talks about the state DEC report on hydraulic drilling for natural gas, the economic impact of drilling, and the start of the public comment period.

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The Takeaway

Exxon Makes Oil Deal With Russia

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Alaskan waters remain off-limits to drilling, much to many oil companies' dismay. But Exxon has decided to hop over the Bering Strait, and make a deal with Russia to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean in their territory. This deal may show how lucrative climate change has become to the oil business, since more oil is becoming available as Arctic ice recedes.

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Transportation Nation

Parties Take Shots at Each Other, Not High Prices, this Week

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

(Oil Rigs near Huntington Beach/Aaron Logan)

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Get ready for dueling petro-bills in Congress this week as Republicans and Democrats try to outdo one another in the war of words over high gas prices.

Only trouble is, none of the bills you'll see tossed around the Capitol this week will do anything to lower this spring's high prices at the pump.

House Republicans this evening will bring up a vote on HR 1229, known as the "Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act." It forces the Obama Administration to consider new drilling permits in the Gulf within 60 days, and automatically approves the permits if it the administration goes too slowly.

Republicans say there will be another vote this week, this one on a bill forcing the administration to conduct lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Virginia.

If you feel like you've seen this movie before, it's because you have.

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The Takeaway

Drills Could Reach Trapped Chilean Miners by Saturday

Friday, October 08, 2010

It's been over two months since a mine collapse trapped 33 Chilean gold miners deep underground in Copiapo, Chile, but the rescue effort may reach a breakthrough soon. Authorities say the closest of three separate rescue shafts currently being drilled down is 300 feet from the men. Rescuers predict that the drill will break through sometime Saturday morning. However, the moment so many have been waiting for is also the most dangerous part of the rescue.

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WQXR News

Latest Fix in the Gulf Could Cap Oil Spill

Friday, July 09, 2010

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the latest fix to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico could temporarily increase the amount of oil spilling into the water; but, if this weekend's plan works, the spill could be contained in just a few days, according to the Associated Press.

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WQXR News

Obama Defends White House Reponse to Oil Spill

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The president says he's paid close attention to the spill since oil first started gushing into the Gulf.

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The Takeaway

First Take: New Drilling and Old Drilling, Who Owns Genes?, Collapsing the Achievement Gap

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

UPDATED 6:15 p.m

Alex Goldmark here picking up the evening shift. 

We're watching a few different stories in the running for tomorrow's show. First up, is a nagging curiosity we've had for a few days now. A smattering of local press a few days back labelled Memphis the hunger capital of America. We're finding out why Memphis stands out. 

It occured to us that if it is such an enormous undertaking to pull off the US census, what is it like in India where they have more than a billion people? Well it takes more than two million census workers for one. 

And we'll have  another installment of our value series with Farai Chideya looking at how the changing economy has changed people's moral outlook in some way. 

 

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The Takeaway

Help Us Produce: Obama's Plan to Drill

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The news today that the Obama administration wants to drill for oil off the U.S. coastline has environmental advocates up in arms. We'll be talking about this tomorrow and we want your help!

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