The Bakken is one of North America’s largest oil-rich shale plays. Longer horizontal well bores and widespread use of hydraulic fracturing spurred soaring production. North Dakota now ranks second among U.S. oil-producing states – and a large portion of the domestic drilling rig fleet will be retrofitted to walking or skidding systems by year-end. More than 70% of Bakken oil moves by rail tank car, giving crude-by-rail the leading role for getting Bakken production to market. Economic impacts are seen state-wide as North Dakota proudly claims the nation’s lowest unemployment and a per-person gross domestic output significantly higher than the national average.
Shoppers are spending more on specialty eggs, but new research reveals they don’t really know what they are buying.
Ford marks a major milestone with the sale of its 500,000th 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost-equipped F-150. Not only on a national level have customers responded to the automaker’s EcoBoost technology option, but Atlanta consumers are turning to Ford’s EcoBoost trucks to save money at the pump. To put it into perspective, More than 56 million gallons of gasoline have been saved as Ford truck customers are choosing V6 EcoBoost engines – more than all the fuel savings of electric and plug-in electric vehicles ever sold.
Twenty years since the original Energy Policy Act went into effect, the U.S. has transitioned from water-guzzling toilets using 3.5 gallons of water per flush (gpf) to low-flow 1.6 gallon models to high toilets using just 1.28 gallons. New data shows that the move from 3.5 gpf to 1.6 gpf alone has saved 18.2 trillion gallons of water. Follow the path to water efficiency, including MaP testing, WaterSense certification and energy savings. Plus, download a free e-book on high efficiency toilets here.
Natural nest sites for birds are depleting fast: each time a tree is chopped down or an old building is repaired or demolished a bird loses a potential nesting site. Find out how you can help and give a family of birds a home in our step-by-step guide to making your very own birdhouse.
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