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ONEOK Partners plans to extend West Texas pipeline to Mexico

COYANOSA, Texas — ONEOK (WUHN’-oak) Partners LP plans to extend its West Texas pipeline system to transport natural gas to Mexico. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based ONEOK on Wednesday night announced the venture with a subsidiary of Fermaca Infrastructure of Mexico City. The Roadrunner gas transmission pipeline project would extend from ONEOK’s site at Coyanosa, about 50 miles southwest of Odessa. The line ...

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Bill to prohibit local fracking bans clears Senate panel

Senate Energy Committee

OKLAHOMA CITY — A Senate panel has approved a bill that would limit cities and towns from passing local ordinances restricting oil and gas drilling and exploration. The Senate Energy Committee voted 10-1 on Wednesday to advance the bill by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman. The measure now heads to the full Senate. The bill is among several filed ...

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Upgrades to begin on Water Reclamation Facility in May


The Alamogordo City Commission approved $3,317,300 for phase two of the upgrade to the Water Reclamation Facility, which includes new sludge beds and an electrical power transmitter. The Water Reclamation Facility, also known as the wastewater treatment plant, produces gray water. “The water we produce from the wastewater treatment plant is water that we use for the irrigation of the ...

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Mexican oil rig burns off coast, 4 dead, 16 injured

MEXICO CITY — A fire at a shallow-water oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has killed four workers, injured 16 and forced the evacuation of 300, Mexico’s state-owned oil company said Wednesday. Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said on its Twitter account that the death toll had risen from one to four. In an earlier statement, the company said that ...

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Frank’s International to cut 600 jobs

Frank's International

As the calendar turns over to a new month, the storylines remain the same. Houston-based Frank’s International NV (NYSE: FI) announced on Wednesday in a statement that the company plans to cut up to 600 jobs, or 13 percent of its workforce, the Houston Business Journal reports. Frank’s International is an oilfield services company that specializes in casings, tubular services ...

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Trican lays off 137 employees


Trican Well Service recently laid off 137 employees based in Odessa, according to a notice filed with state regulators, representing another sign the strain of low prices on workers in the oil patch. The effective layoff date for the employees was March 20, according to a letter sent to the Texas Workforce Commission that was released to the Odessa American ...

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BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains


OMAHA, Neb. — BNSF has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada, the railroad said Monday. Under the changes, BNSF is slowing down crude oil trains to 35 mph in cities with more than 100,000 people and increasing track inspections near waterways. The Fort Worth, Texas, based ...

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Texas House legislation outlines cities’ role in urban drilling

Austin, Texas

A bill designed to protect existing ordinances while still preserving the state’s power in regulating urban drilling is expected to be voted on by the influential House National Resources Committee this afternoon. A draft of the new House Bill 40, which was so wildly debated last week, spells out that a city can adopt ordinances that regulate surface operations such ...

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