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‘Significant’ oil spill closes US ship channel

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat. A barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of the heavy oil collided with a ship ...

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‘Where the oil is’

Oil and gas royalties on University Lands could reach $1 billion this year, and the increasing production in West Texas is the reason why. Most of University Lands’ 2.1 million acres are out here, funneling money into the endowment that supports the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems and in turn paying for capital investments such as libraries ...

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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum revises its story


Workers at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum already started packing the photos, the papers of old oilmen and the other archives, taking them to the library in downtown Midland. And beginning mid-April, many of the artifacts of the region’s booms and busts will come down too, as the museum’s long-anticipated renovation begins. Then, for the next-18 months or so, the ...

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Pro: Flaring is safe way to prevent harmful air pollution

Sara Sneath | Victoria Advocate Flaring is not inherently dangerous, and there is evidence to suggest drilling activity does not have a significant affect on air quality, according to a research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. In Cheapside, where rolling farmland used to host cotton and livestock, well sites can be seen on hilltops in every direction. The ...

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Adding jobs

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Laredo’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.2 percent in January, up from 5.9 percent in December 2013; however, annual job growth remained relatively strong at 2.6 percent, a 2,400 job increase versus January 2013 according to Workforce Solutions for South Texas. Rogelio Treviño, Workforce Solutions for South Texas executive director, said the slight increase in the percentage is usually ...

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‘A lot of fear’ about fracking

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The Texas oilman says that every time hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is discussed in the region, people present the “nightmare scenario.” “There is a lot of fear because people have told them, if they frack, they’re going to completely ruin our water system,” said Stan Sherrill, president of Shore Exploration and Production Corp. in Texas. “Nothing could be farther from ...

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