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On April 22, people around the world gathered for Earth Day. The annual celebration is used historically as an opportunity to raise environmental awareness and get people involved in the effort to preserve our glorious planet. In 2017, environmentalists throughout the United States used the opportunity to stage a “March for Science.” The various parades, protests, and the like were executed with the implicit understanding that science isn’t a factor for the US government when

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It seems like drones are appearing more and more in our day-to-day lives. The United States government uses them in combat. Amazon is ironing out the wrinkles of a drone delivery system for its vast array of products. And now, the oil and gas industry is employing these flying sentinels to keep an eye on pipelines and projects across the world. Get ready to meet the newest tool in the ongoing struggle to make oil

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Late last week, Judge Martin Carlson vacated a jury award of more than $4 million to two families in Dimock, Pennsylvania who claimed in 2010 that hydraulic fracturing contaminated the ground water in their small Pennsylvania town. The loss of the Dimock verdict, which was popularized in the Academy Award nominated documentary Gasland, is a huge setback for the anti-fracking movement. Wait, So What Is ‘Gasland’? Released in 2010, Gasland is a documentary that claims

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During his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump made no bones about his support for the domestic coal industry. For Trump, the quest to save coal is a quest to save jobs in the Northeast. Since taking office, Trump hasn’t turned his back on the coal industry. Unfortunately, most experts think that the President’s legislative efforts to help a once vibrant American industry may be quixotic at best. An Environmental Regulation Rollback On Tuesday, March 28, Donald

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Even as the United States’ oil and gas extraction efforts are reaching new levels of production and success, our neighbor to the South is struggling to keep their industry afloat. Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex is proof that oil and gas isn’t a sure bet when it comes to business. Pemex Is Failing Hard In early March, reports began to surface that Pemex was functionally bankrupt. One of the Mexican government’s main sources of revenue,

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While OPEC has stymied production in the hopes of clearing a surplus of oil and gas on the world market, the United States’ shale producers have gleefully amped up production to fill the hole created in OPEC’s absence. As a result, the United States’ is poised to continue a transition  begun under President George W. Bush and then heavily promoted under President Obama. Thanks to some international developments and some recent domestic discoveries, the United States

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On Friday, Maryland’s Republican Governor, Larry Hogan, announced that he fully supports a controversial bill that would ban fracking throughout the entire state. Considering the high profile legislation that’s been making the rounds in Maryland’s Democratically-controlled state Congress, the announcement isn’t at all surprising. Hogan’s support makes the Maryland fracking ban all but a certainty, meaning that Maryland’s oil reserves won’t be contributed to the nationwide stockpile. But, is that really such a bad thing?

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Though most of the attention being paid to Alaska’s oil and gas landscape is focused on the controversial debate over whether to drill in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, the state itself continues to yield impressive deposits of oil and gas outside that small stretch of land.

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The chief argument used by anti-fracking protesters is that, put bluntly, fracking is bad for the environment. Why, anti-fracking proponents ask, when we could implement renewable energy across the board, would we waste our time with a process that’s not good for the environment and the people living in it? Perhaps environmentalists would argue that the answer to that question is “money.” But, let’s assume for a second that the people who run oil and

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As the United States’ oil and gas industry begins extracting more and more petroleum and shale, the office the President has set its eyes on a renewed push into the Gulf of Mexico.

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