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  1. Oil and Gas: North Dakota pipeline protest spurs South Dakota legislation

      PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office is pursuing legislation to make it clear that the governor's emergency response powers apply to destructive protests, create new trespassing penalties and make it a crime to obstruct highways based on lessons North Dakota learned from large demonstrations over the Dakota Access pipeline last year. Officials including Daugaard have talked with Gov. Doug Burgum's administration to hear about North Dakota's experience handling the protests and what the state would have done differently, Chief of Staff Tony Venhuizen told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "We've seen what we've seen in North Dakota, and we want to be prepared," Venhuizen said. "We certainly understand that there may be people who want to peacefully protest, and it's nobody's intention to prohibit that or prevent that, but those need to be controlled so that they don't endanger public safety or public property or private property." A spokesman for Burgum didn't immediately return a telephone message requesting comment. The South Dakota bill would allow the governor to declare an area a "public safety zone" if an event occurs that may consume significant public resources, poses a threat to property and threatens the health and welfare of the public. The governor's emergency authority includes assuming control over emergency management functions, declaring an emergency in a stricken area and helping local authorities give relief and controlling access to designated emergency areas. The governor can mobilize state resources and coordinate local resources in an emergency, Venhuizen said. The proposal would make it aggravated criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, to defy a posted order not to enter a public safety zone. The sentence would be at least 10 days in county jail, and a second offense within two years would be a felony. The bill also would make it a misdemeanor for someone to stand in the highway to stop traffic. It's set to be discussed in a Senate committee next week. That will ensure the public has time to read it and give testimony, Venhuizen said. The disputed four-state pipeline could be moving oil in as little as a month, though opponents, including the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux , are promising to continue fighting the $3.8 billion project. An encampment near the construction in southern North Dakota drew thousands of protesters last year in support of the tribes, leading to occasional clashes with law enforcement and more than 700 arrests. The camp has thinned, but law enforcement continues to maintain a presence. The cost to taxpayers has reached $33 million, the state's Joint Information Center reported Monday, and the protests have created an unprecedented burden for the state's court system. The South Dakota proposal would let the state Supreme Court's chief justice in an emergency streamline the process for out-of-state attorneys to be allowed to defend people who are arrested, Venhuizen said. He said a huge number of cases in in the state could require more defense attorneys than could reasonably be expected to come from within just South Dakota. In North Dakota, lawmakers recently defeated a bill prompted by protesters who blocked roads during the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations. The bill said a driver who "unintentionally" caused an injury or death to a person blocking a road would not be charged. Libby Skarin, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, said protest is often unpopular, but it's a fundamental the country was built on. "We know that there have been a spate of anti-protest bills that have been popping up all over the country," Skarin said. "The idea that this bill could be some sort of pre-emption against potential protest activity is really concerning."

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    Fri, 17 Feb 2017

  2. Natural Gas Pipeline: Natural gas leaks from pipeline in Alaska's Cook Inlet

    Natural gas for at least 10 days has leaked from an underwater natural gas pipeline in Alaska's Cook Inlet and floating ice has prevented divers from reaching the site.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  3. STATS Group completes challenging isolation of 42” subsea pipeline

    Engineers at STATS Group had a hat-trick of challenging issues to overcome when commissioned to isolate a 42” subsea pipeline in the Middle East.

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    Wed, 15 Feb 2017

  4. Work to resume at 60-MW Upper Trishuli 3A hydropower plant in Nepal

    Work is expected to resume in the near future at the headworks for the 60-MW Upper Trishuli 3A hydropower project located on the Trishuli River in the Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts of Bagmati zone in central Nepal, according to published reports.  

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2017

  1. Oil and Gas: $2.8B deal latest land acquisition in energy-rich Permian

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    Fri, 10 Feb 2017

  2. Oil and Gas News: GeoPark announces new exploration discovery and development drilling successes in Colombia

    GeoPark Limited, a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, has announced new drilling successes in the Llanos 34 Block (GeoPark operated with a 45% working interest), in Colombia.

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    Sat, 4 Feb 2017

  3. Coal News: Congressional Republicans move to dismantle Obama rules

    Moving to dismantle former President Barack Obama's legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams.

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    Fri, 3 Feb 2017

  4. Range Resources completes three North Louisiana extension gas wells

    Range Resources Corp. has completed three wells in the extension area of North Louisiana, south of Terryville. The three wells were drilled on the north, east, and west sides of Vernon field. Each encountered natural gas in multiple zones across the Upper and Lower Red intervals.

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    Fri, 27 Jan 2017

  5. INPEX well proves gas in multiple zones offshore Japan

    INPEX has discovered gas with an exploratory well offshore Japan’s Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures.

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    Mon, 31 Oct 2016

  6. Wind energy: DONG Energy reaches agreement with The Crown Estate for Hornsea zone

    DONG Energy has reached an agreement with The Crown Estate to reconfigure the Hornsea zone as part of the Round 3 offshore wind development zones .

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    Wed, 9 Mar 2016

  7. Noble Energy to acquire Clayton Williams in $2.7-billion cash-stock deal

    The boards of Noble Energy Inc., Houston, and Clayton Williams Energy Inc., Midland, Tex., have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Noble Energy will pay $2.7 billion in cash and stock to acquire Clayton Williams.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  8. W&T Offshore brings well online at Mahogany field

    W&T Offshore Inc. brought the Ship Shoal 349 A-18 well, its most recently completed well in its Mahogany field in the Gulf of Mexico, on production on Jan. 17, 2017.

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    Fri, 27 Jan 2017

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