What "Armageddon" got right about space drilling, and what it (mostly) didn't

Aug 16, 2018
Little about the 1998 blockbuster is true to life, but mining asteroids and comets is "humanity’s future, I’m pretty convinced of that," one expert says.
From left, Steve Buscemi, Will Patton, Bruce Willis, Michael Duncan, Ben Affleck, and Owen Wilson are on a mission to save Earth from an asteroid in “Armageddon.”
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Oil patch roughnecks may also need to be data analysts

May 16, 2018
Drilling oil wells today still involves dirt and sweat, installing rigs in muddy fields. But there are also more jobs at desks, checking systems remotely by computer.
Drilling oil wells these days still involves dirt and sweat — installing rigs in muddy fields. But there are also more jobs at desks, checking systems remotely by computer.
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Could drilling rigs pop up in Bears Ears National Monument in Utah?

Dec 4, 2017
With the Trump administration poised to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, oil and gas companies are eyeing the fringes.
The Bears Ears are two buttes in southeastern Utah considered sacred by Native American tribes. 
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The link between fracking and health issues

Nov 15, 2017
Cause and effect can be difficult to prove, but here are a series of studies showing the potential connection between fracking and health risks.
A Cabot Oil & Gas natural gas drill stands at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pennsylvania. The process is controversial with critics who say it could poison water supplies, while the natural-gas industry says it's been used safely for decades.
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Energy independence – reality or myth?

Dec 21, 2016
Is it even achievable?
Oil rig in the Atlantic. 
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Fracking draft from EPA criticized by scientists

Aug 12, 2016
The study concluded hydraulic fracturing isn't a danger to drinking water. Scientists say that's unproven.
The sun rises over an oil field used for hydraulic fracturing in California. 
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The federal government's limits on regulating fracking

Jul 5, 2016
A court has recently struck down federal rules on well construction and chemical disclosure.

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Why "landmen" don't benefit from low gas prices

May 4, 2015
The people who oil companies pay to get the rights to drill for oil lose out.

This oil rig count may no longer be relevant

Feb 20, 2015
The Baker Hughes Rig Count gets much attention. Does it still reflect oil production?

Oil and the race for the North Pole

Dec 11, 2013
Denmark and other countries are staking claims to the sea surrounding the North Pole, with an eye to oil exploration.