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Texas leads multistate suit against EPA over water rule

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in Houston federal court over a rule that they say strips them of jurisdiction over water. In a separate case filed Monday, 13 states are also seeking to have the rule overturned. The May rule would greatly expand federal authority under ...

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New Mexico recognized for clean energy

CARLSBAD — In a new study about states leading in clean energy development, New Mexico was recognized as a clean energy state, despite recent criticisms from the state’s attorney general. The new report, released Monday by the Clean Energy States Alliance, is called, “Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies.” The alliance is a nonprofit group with ...

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Official says fresh water rule encourages industry to save on transport costs

FARMINGTON — A new state rule intended to reduce the use of fresh water in the production of oil and gas is a win-win, an industry insider says. Wally Drangmeister, New Mexico Oil & Gas Association spokesman, said his organization was actively involved in the rule’s creation. “This is a win-win rule,” Dragmeister said. “The industry has been for years ...

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Big Spring Refinery eyes expansion

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Cheap and abundant crude continues to prove a boon to the Alon’s Big Spring Refinery, the chief supplier of gasoline to the Odessa and Midland market, that now considers expanding. Gasoline prices are expected to drop in the coming months. But those low gas prices are more a result of refinery output levels throughout the country rather than because of ...

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Low oil prices remain a factor in San Juan Basin

FARMINGTON — Ten months after oil prices dropped south of $50 a barrel, drilling in the San Juan Basin is still down. Oil prices topped $60 a barrel in May, the first time since December that prices were that high. But despite the tenuous good news, area oil and gas companies are cautious or waiting on the sidelines altogether until ...

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Exxon Beaumont, Texas refinery workers approve six-year labor pact

HOUSTON, June 26 (Reuters) – Unionized workers at Exxon Mobil Corp’s Beaumont, Texas, refinery agreed to an unusually long six-year contract on Thursday night, which sources say the company pushed to assure no work stoppages during a contemplated multibillion-dollar expansion. Members of United Steelworkers union (USW) Local 13-243 voted by secret ballot on the contract offer, which is two years ...

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HB40’s final defeat on Denton fracking ban

The controversy surrounding Denton, Texas’ on-again-off-again fracking ban has been a unique ordeal, to say the least. The conflict over whether or not to allow the city to back hydraulic fracturing inspired a cabaret music troupe, prompted in the arrest of a blind 92-year-old woman and, unsurprisingly drew scorn from the rest of oil-rich state until House Bill 40 put ...

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Manhunt ends: Jackson charged with murder

After a day-long manhunt, a man accused of killing his boss at the Val-Fit Inc. facility in Spikewood, Texas was arrested Wednesday. The Houston Chronicle reports Rodney Jackson, 49, was charged with murder in the shooting of 40-year-old Jason S. Yanko. According to witnesses, Yanko informed Jackson his job at the steel fitting company was being terminated around noon on ...

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Oklahoma drilling regulator calls spike in quakes a “game changer”

(Changes to “directed” from “ordered” in paragraph 3) June 24 (Reuters) – A spike in earthquakes across Oklahoma is forcing the state’s energy regulator to urgently consider tougher restrictions on drilling activity, a spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a “game changer.” From June 17 to 24, there have been 35 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in the state, ...

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