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Oil and Gas Roundup — April 26

April 26, 2013
TOPICS: In the news
Protester blocks Keystone XL's path in southern Oklahoma

LULA — The Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance took another shot Thursday at slowing down construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Activist Fitzgerald Scott, 42, locked his arm in a concrete capsule buried directly in the pipeline's path Thursday morning in Pontotoc County.
Scott, 42, was arrested shortly after 9 a.m. after firefighters removed him from the right of way, organizers said.
A project spokesman said the protest halted construction for about 90 minutes before crews were able to return to work.
The southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is supposed to be in service by the end of the year.
Thursday's protest marks the sixth time the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance has taken action in an attempt to block construction of the 485-mile pipeline being built between the oil storage hub at Cushing and refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. At least a dozen people face trespassing and related charges related to those protests.
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Francis Tuttle Technology Center to train CNG technicians

Beginning this fall, automotive students at Francis Tuttle Technology Center will be able to earn certification as alternative fuel technicians.
Automotive service instructor Charles Lawson will add about two weeks of instruction on working with compressed natural gas vehicles to his engine performance class at the Rockwell campus.
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Harvard's frack disclosure study earns an 'F'

FracFocus was created to address a very specific issue that had been raised by environmental groups:  Several years ago, there was supposedly a hue and cry from landowners wanting to know the chemical content of the frac fluids that were going down oil and gas wells on their land or on adjacent lands.  The news media predictably latched onto this conflict story – which has turned out to have been grossly exaggerated. In any event, the oil and natural gas industry, working at great expense with regulators at the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission and the Groundwater Protection Council, spent more than a year developing FracFocus to answer this largely artificial demand for information.
Since its inception in April 2011, FracFocus has been extremely effective at addressing the issue raised by these environmental groups. So successful, in fact, that it has been adopted as the disclosure reporting regime by about a dozen significant oil and natural gas producing states, and is being considered for adoption by the Department of Interior as a part of its own pending regulation on hydraulic fracturing and well completions.
But now that it has been so successful, these same environmental groups – with Harvard’s apparent support – are attempting to shift the goalposts.
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