Drones: Swooping Soon Over an Oil and Gas Project Near You

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 and gas extraction safer, cheaper, and more efficient.

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Maryland’s Oil Ban Is Looking More and More Certain, But Is That Such a Bad Thing for the Industry?

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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Assaults on Cybersecurity Are Increasingly Common in the Oil and Gas Industry

More and more, the world’s business is being done online. Even oil and gas companies that don’t rely on the internet for their overall well being have begun to maintain at least a small presence on the world wide web. Of course, this innovation is a double-edged sword, especially in oil and gas. Your company needs to be online to survive, but if you’re in the energy industry your company might be a more tempting target than you realize.

Whether digital “hacktivists” are targeting your company to further their agenda, common criminals are hoping to take advantage of your company’s largess, or a competitor hoping to snoop out an advantage by rummaging through your files, oil and gas companies are at big time risk of cyber assault. Here’s what you need to know.

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Bad News for the Mexican Oil and Gas Industry Means Booming Business to US Firms

Over the Christmas holidays, as many as twelve states in the country of Mexico experienced extreme gas shortages that ignited a panic among Mexican consumers, prompting a run on gas stations as locals moved to stockpile as much of the resource as possible. Some gas stations have seen lines with more than a hundred cars waiting to buy some gas. The scenes call to mind the long lines and mass frustration of the United States’ infamous shortages in the late seventies, however in Mexico, the dilemma is unprecedented. 

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Can Obama’s Last Minute Actions Derail Trump’s Plan for the Expansion of the Industry Energy?

In the final weeks leading up to President-elect Donald Trump being sworn into office as President of the United States, the current sitting president, Barack Obama, is doing everything in his power to enact new legislation before he signs off. Of particular not to President Obama is environmental legislation. As Trump rounds out his Cabinet with friends of the oil and gas industry, is it possible that some last minute legislation will prevent President-elect Trump from realizing his dreams for a drastically expanded energy industry throughout his administration?

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The Standing Rock Sioux Nation Victory is a Victory for Fracking

For several weeks, the Sioux Nation at Standing Rock, North Dakota garnered front page headlines across the world as they battled against the proposed path of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Now, after a series of protests, the Army Corps of Engineers have announced that they will be looking for alternative routes for the $3.7 billion pipeline. As a result, the Standing Rock Sioux have won a major victory for their quality of life. Of course, while the protestors around the Native Americans proclaim a victory against fracking, the truth is that the development is a major win for the practice as a whole.

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Colorado Fracking Initiatives Endure Severe Scrutiny From Protestors

Just because a pro-energy politician has begun to transition into the White House doesn’t mean things for the Colorado energy industry are getting any easier. This week, the industry faced attacks on a variety of fronts as anti-fracking protestors have begun to diversify their efforts by moving into the courtroom. This new round of legal effort undermines the overly positive impact of fracking on the state as a whole.

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What Does a Trump Presidency Mean For American Oil and Gas?

It’s a brand new day, folks. With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States (admit it, you were surprised no matter how you voted), it’s only natural to wonder what lies in store for the oil and gas industry in the next four years. Trump has spent a lot of time in the last several months doing his very best to befriend high-ranking members of the industry, so there’s nothing to indicate that good times aren’t on the horizon. However, President Trump will have to fight something of an uphill battle if he’s going to repair an already ailing industry.

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Hydraulic Fracturing is Off to a Rough Start in the United Kingdom

It’s been a really tough year for people hoping to expand fracking projects in the United Kingdom. 2016 began with Greenpeace dropping a fracking installation piece in Parliament Square, and it’s looking to end with one of the most aggressive anti-fracking campaigns ever launched. Or so it may seem.

Though fracking has been practiced by the United Kingdom to some extent since the 1970’s, the government’s latest attempt to launch new fracking projects within its borders has met with extreme resistance. Those people who may have hoped to profit from the expanded fracking projects may need to look elsewhere, and those who may have been a little worried about another nation actively seeking their own source of shale gas may not have much to worry about when all is said and done.

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