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Long After Fracking Stops, The Noise Lives On

Most of the noise created by natural gas development is temporary. After drilling and fracking, the workers and equipment are gone. But compressor stations can stay noisy for years — even decades.
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As Oil Prices Slide, Speculation Rises On Shale Boom's Sustainability

Global oil prices have fallen to a 4-year low, confirming hopes and fears, depending on if you're a gasoline consumer or an oilman, that abundant U.S. crude is messing with the world's energy order.
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School Facilities Strained By Boom In Petroleum Engineering

Students want to cash in on that growing job market. Those high paying jobs are also attracting petroleum engineering professors. So there are fewer professors to teach ballooning classes.
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Fiery Oil-Train Derailments Prompt Calls For Less Flammable Oil

Trains carrying oil from North Dakota pass through American towns daily — and sometimes they derail and explode. The oil industry is now under pressure to make the oil less volatile before shipping.
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LED Lights Are A 'Transformative Technology' In The Developing World

This year's Nobel Prize in physics went to scientists who invented the blue light-emitting diode. Paired with solar power, the energy-efficient LED is bringing affordable light to places off the grid.
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Virginia County Mobilizes To Say 'No' To Natural Gas Pipeline

Residents of Floyd County in southwestern Virginia denied a plan that would have placed a 42-inch pipe carrying natural gas from the Marcellus Shale through their backyards.
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In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom

Texas is in the midst of a fracking boom, which is opening up huge energy reserves and bringing in jobs. But traffic fatalities, some involving inexperienced and fatigued truck drivers, have surged.
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Millennials: We Help The Earth But Don't Call Us Environmentalists

Millennials are the most likely to favor traditionally pro-environment policies and believe climate change is man-made. But they are also the least likely generation to identify as environmentalists.
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Despite New Sources, Europe Still Relies On Russian Oil

Suma Chakrabarti, president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, tells NPR's Scott Simon about efforts to reduce Europe's energy dependence on Russia.
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U.S. Gas Prices Continue To Slide Downward

On Friday, the price for benchmark crude oil in the U.S. fell below $85 a barrel. Oil production is outstripping demand by a wide margin and analysts say that situation may continue for a while.

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