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A couple’s boom, busted

Work on the drilling rigs began to slow in November for Claire Cutshaw. By the end of January, she basically waited by the phone. Money ran dry. The end of the month grew closer. And so on Monday, the 45-year-old mudlogger resigned from Weatherford International and started to pack. At first, she did not make much of the slowdown. Other ...

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Texas reconsiders and will disclose oil train records

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas officials have reconsidered their decision to withhold details of how many trains carry at least 1 million gallons of crude oil across the state each week. The Texas Attorney General’s office decided last week that the records BNSF and Kansas City Southern railroads gave the state should be disclosed. Previously, the Texas Department of Public Safety ...

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Eagle Ford continues to see rigs drop


Rigs are continuing to drop like flies. Low oil prices are a major cause, but companies also cite the increases in efficiencies that have prompted them to lay some rigs idle. While oil prices have been up and down, and all around $50 per barrel, the latest data released from Baker Hughes shows a decline in active rigs all over ...

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As pink slips mount, roughnecks cry foul

A roughneck from Abilene claims in a federal lawsuit that Patterson-UTI in Midland laid off him and 200 other rig hands earlier this month without the 60 days notice required by federal employment law. The suit states James Hanks found work as a roughneck in 2013 with Patterson-UTI in Midland, working on a rig for two weeks at a time, ...

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Another rig(s) bite the dust

Sometimes in life you get what the kids like to call a “boo-boo.” And when you get a “boo-boo,” you most likely slap a Band-Aid on it, right? A few days later your wound is healed and life is good, but now you have a decision to make. Either peel the Band-Aid off slowly (not recommended), or, rip it off ...

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$412 million natural gas processing plant to be built in Eddy County

CARLSBAD — A natural gas processing plant confirmed plans to build a $412 million plant in Eddy County at Tuesday’s Eddy County Commissioner’s meeting. The processing plant will be an expansion to the company’s already existing infrastructure in the area, and it will also include the potential for future expansion. Enterprise Products Partners Inc. plans to build a gathering system ...

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Environmental agency receives various donations for travel expenses


Over the course of 17 months, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state’s environmental regulatory agency, received $135,121.37 in contributions from outside agencies. These contributions were largely used for travel fare, meals and hotel stays for conferences. The largest contributor to the commission during this period was the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which paid for 18 trips to seven cities. ...

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U.S. refinery strike enters 18th day as talks restart

HOUSTON, Feb 18 – The largest U.S refinery workers strike since 1980 entered its 18th day on Wednesday as union and oil company representatives renewed face-to-face negotiations over safety and pay, after a week’s hiatus. More than 5,000 workers at 11 plants, including nine refineries accounting for 13 percent of U.S. production capacity, remained on strike. Talks between representatives of ...

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Quicksilver Resources may seek bankruptcy protection

FORT WORTH – Less than a week after laying off 10 percent of its workforce, Quicksilver Resources announced Tuesday that it may be on the road to seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after deciding to skip a crucial debt payment. Quicksilver announced it was not making a $13.6 million interest payment that was due Tuesday. The payment was tied to ...

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