oil http://nhpr.org en 7.28.14:The Fuel Walk, The Power Of Whale Poo, And The Biggest Company You've Never Heard Of http://nhpr.org/post/72814the-fuel-walk-power-whale-poo-and-biggest-company-youve-never-heard <p>The oil boom is on in McKenzie county, North Dakota. More than 4000 wells have been drilled since 2008, and the county expects to be pumping for <em>decades</em>. Today, a UNH professor explains why he set out to learn more about North Dakota’s oil country, by walking 65 miles across it. Then, about 70 percent of the earth’s oxygen comes from marine plants. We slip beneath the surface to find out how a rebounding whale population could help spur phytoplankton growth…and slow climate change. Plus, we take a look at the China-based e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, the most powerful company you’ve never heard about.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Listen to the full show and&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read more</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;for individual segments.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:04:05 +0000 Word of Mouth 52691 at http://nhpr.org 7.28.14:The Fuel Walk, The Power Of Whale Poo, And The Biggest Company You've Never Heard Of Regulating Oil Pre-Buy Contracts: The Dealer Perspective http://nhpr.org/post/regulating-oil-pre-buy-contracts-dealer-perspective <p>The head of the state’s Consumer Protections Bureau continues to advocate for changes in state regulations that would give customers more protections when entering oil pre-buy contracts. Rob Stenger, Chairman of the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire, says while that organization generally supports some changes, they oppose regulations they say would pose undue burden to dealers. When I spoke with Stenger, he began by explaining how the business of pre-buying heating fuel has changed in recent years.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:18:04 +0000 Rick Ganley 44239 at http://nhpr.org Heating Oil: Should You Pre-Buy? http://nhpr.org/post/heating-oil-should-you-pre-buy <p>The recent log jam in fuel delivery for some customers of Fred Fuller Oil Company has again led to calls for more regulation of what’s known as pre-buy contracts. Senior Assistant Attorney General and the head of the state’s Consumer Protections Bureau James Boffetti this month cautioned consumers that pre-buy agreements don’t provide adequate protection and said his office continues to advocate for changes in state regulations that would give customers better guarantees. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:41:08 +0000 Rick Ganley 44178 at http://nhpr.org The Gulf Of Mexico Three Years After BP http://nhpr.org/post/gulf-mexico-three-years-after-bp <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: The three-year anniversary of the 2010 BP oil spill just passed. What do green groups think of the progress since in restoring the region?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><em>-- Mary Johannson, New York, NY</em></p><p> Sun, 26 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30260 at http://nhpr.org The Gulf Of Mexico Three Years After BP As Workers Age, Oil Industry Braces For Skills Gap http://nhpr.org/post/workers-age-oil-industry-braces-skills-gap Two years after the Deepwater Horizon accident killed 11 men and sent oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, the oil industry says it has learned valuable lessons from the disaster that are making drilling safer today.<p>But there's still a pressing issue looming for the oil industry: Oil field workers are retiring in huge numbers, leaving a workforce that's younger and — more importantly — less experienced.<p>Dubbed "the great crew change," the staffing challenge comes even as crews venture into places where drilling is more difficult, like the Arctic and below the world's oceans.<p><strong>Mor Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:46:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 3245 at http://nhpr.org As Workers Age, Oil Industry Braces For Skills Gap Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency http://nhpr.org/post/oil-scare-turns-fedex-energy-efficiency The rising cost of oil isn't just a hit to the family budget. Businesses are hurt, too. Few are more affected than firms like FedEx. It deploys nearly 700 planes and tens of thousands of trucks and vans every day to deliver packages around the world. And few business leaders are more focused on finding alternatives to petroleum-based fuels than FedEx CEO Fred Smith.<p>Shortly after Smith founded Federal Express, the 1973 Arab oil embargo almost killed it. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 08:03:00 +0000 John Ydstie 2887 at http://nhpr.org Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency Native Alaskans Divided On State's Oil Drilling Debate http://nhpr.org/post/native-alaskans-divided-states-oil-drilling-debate Shell Oil plans to explore for petroleum off Alaska's north coast this summer. The native people of Alaska have a big stake in both oil revenue and environmental protection. That conflict has played out in recent trips by Inupiats to Washington, D.C., to argue their case.<p>One of those appearances was in the last place on Earth you might expect to find a pro-whaling news conference: a Greenpeace meeting room. But that actually transpired, thanks to alliances formed to fight Arctic oil drilling. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:57:00 +0000 Richard Harris 2623 at http://nhpr.org Native Alaskans Divided On State's Oil Drilling Debate Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche http://nhpr.org/post/startup-converts-plastic-oil-and-finds-niche Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.<p>It all starts with a machine known as the Plastic-Eating Monster. Thousands of pounds of shredded milk jugs, water bottles and grocery bags tumble into a large tank, where they're melted together and vaporized. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:00:00 +0000 2595 at http://nhpr.org Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche Cuba's Foray into Offshore Oil Drilling http://nhpr.org/post/cubas-foray-offshore-oil-drilling <p><strong>EarthTalk&reg;<br /> E - The Environmental Magazine</strong><br /><br /><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u>: Cuba just began drilling for oil not far from U.S. shores and hopes to become a major exporter. What ramifications does this have for the environment? </strong><em>-- </em><em>Betsy Shaw, Troy, NY</em></p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2507 at http://nhpr.org Cuba's Foray into Offshore Oil Drilling Is U.S. Energy Independence Finally Within Reach? http://nhpr.org/post/us-energy-independence-finally-within-reach Rising gas prices have been the big energy story of the past several weeks. But many energy experts say that's a sideshow compared with the really big energy event — the huge boom in oil and natural gas production in the U.S. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 John Ydstie 2358 at http://nhpr.org Is U.S. Energy Independence Finally Within Reach? Settlement Only The First Step In BP's Legal Woes http://nhpr.org/post/settlement-only-first-step-bps-legal-woes Oil giant BP has agreed to settle thousands of lawsuits stemming from its <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/135517095/the-bp-oil-spill-one-year-later">well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico</a>.<p>The deal was announced late Friday and prompted a federal judge in New Orleans to postpone a Monday trial, but the proposed settlement solves only one piece of BP's legal exposure from the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.<p>The settlement would cover only private plaintiffs — individuals and businesses with either economic losses or medical claims resulting from the oil spill. Sat, 03 Mar 2012 21:24:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 2278 at http://nhpr.org Settlement Only The First Step In BP's Legal Woes President Obama Talks Energy In Nashua http://nhpr.org/post/president-obama-talks-energy-nashua <p>&nbsp;President Barack Obama was in New Hampshire today talking about energy. As New Hampshire Public Radio&rsquo;s Josh Rogers reports, the president said the country needs to increase oil production while also investing in newer sources of energy.</p><p>Billed an official visit, at times the President&rsquo;s stop had the feel of campaign rally. Mr. Obama told the crowd he knew NH&rsquo;s &quot;political bull detector&quot; was sharp, and urged voters to be wary of election year promises.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:21:47 +0000 NHPR Staff 2232 at http://nhpr.org President Obama Talks Energy In Nashua Iran Can Disrupt Key Waterway, But For How Long? http://nhpr.org/post/iran-can-disrupt-key-waterway-how-long The dispute over Iran's nuclear program has again rocked oil markets. And Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, which is just 34 miles wide yet serves as the passageway for 20 percent of the world's oil.<p>This is not a new drama. In fact, it was a recurring issue in the 1980s. Still, there's been relatively little activity among Gulf oil producers to find alternative routes to get their oil to market.<p>The United Arab Emirates is one of the few that has made a serious effort. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:13:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 1913 at http://nhpr.org Iran Can Disrupt Key Waterway, But For How Long? Can An Automatic Pellet Boiler Lure Consumers Away From Heating Oil? http://nhpr.org/post/can-automatic-pellet-boiler-lure-consumers-away-heating-oil <p>A pilot project in Berlin is helping homeowners get sophisticated boilers that are automatically fed wood pellets.</p><p>The idea is to persuade people throughout the region that they can save money and say goodbye to oil while bolstering the region&rsquo;s forest economy.</p><p>NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Peter Canning is&nbsp;in basement of his home on a hillside overlooking Berlin.</p><p>He&rsquo;s showing off his new wood-pellet boiler.</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:03:20 +0000 Chris Jensen 1847 at http://nhpr.org Can An Automatic Pellet Boiler Lure Consumers Away From Heating Oil? U.S. Watches Closely As Oil Drilling Begins Off Cuba http://nhpr.org/post/us-watches-closely-oil-drilling-begins-cuba There are big plans for oil exploration in the Caribbean, not far off the coast of Florida. A Spanish company recently began drilling in Cuban waters — just 55 miles from Key West.<p>The well is the first of several exploratory wells planned in Cuba and the Bahamas. The drilling has officials and researchers in Florida scrambling to make plans for how they'll respond in case of a spill.<p>The U.S. currently doesn't allow any drilling for oil off its Atlantic coast or in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. One reason is what's at stake. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:24:00 +0000 Greg Allen 1867 at http://nhpr.org U.S. Watches Closely As Oil Drilling Begins Off Cuba