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First U.S. Tar-Sands Mine Set To Open For Business In Utah

U.S. Oil Sands, a Canadian company, is about to make history. For the first time, commercially extracting petroleum from sticky, black, tar-soaked sand is about to begin in the United States. continue reading »

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TransCanada Corp Expects White House Rejection

TransCanada Corp., the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, expects the Obama administration to reject its proposal and is currently planning its next steps. continue reading »

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FRA To Railroads: CBR Emergency Order Still Stands

The Federal Railroad Administration sent a reminder to railroads transporting crude oil that the Emergency Order issued May 7, 2014, requiring them to notify State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) and Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs) of the expected movement of Bakken crude-oil trains through individual states and tribal regions remains in effect and “will be made permanent.” continue reading »

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UW-Madison Researchers Hope Frack-Sand Impact Study Will Help Railroads Improve Ballast Maintenance

Tuncer Edil, Jim Tinjum and Dante Fratta — professors at UW-Madison’s College of Engineering — have spent years studying railway substructure stabilization and ballast fouling. More recently — as Wisconsin’s sand-mining industry has flourished in response to hydraulic fracturing — the trio has looked more closely at the impact frack sand has on ballast. continue reading »

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N.Y. Ends 7-Year Review With Ban On High-Volume Fracking

On June 29, the state of New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments. continue reading »

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