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First responder training program planned for region

Image: Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr)

In the next month, Dr. Dinesh Vyas of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin plans to start a trainer-trainee program so people can help reduce mortality rates in remote work areas or accident scenes. Vyas, who is an associate professor, associate dean surgery research, associate program director at Texas Tech Health Sciences, said he will start ...

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Low oil and gas prices mean a daily struggle

Oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin, Eddy County, New Mexico. (Image: Blake Thorberry via Flickr)

FARMINGTON — This year has not been an easy one for local oil and gas companies and those providing support services. It’s been a year of layoffs and cutbacks without any change predicted for the immediate future. In April, ConocoPhillips announced local layoffs, followed by similar announcements from local yards like Halliburton on Main Street, and, most recently, Baker Hughes ...

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Despite oil bust, Texas prepares more students for oil jobs

Biology teacher Amanda Alexander directs her students during class at Houston Energy Institute High School Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Houston. In Texas, education officials are gearing up to prepare more young people for the oil patch, showing the state’s unshakeable commitment to the energy sector despite the employment uncertainties. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — The oil industry is mired in its latest bust, with thousands of jobs evaporating like flares flaming out over natural gas wells. But in Texas, education officials are preparing more young people for the oil patch, showing the state’s unshakeable commitment to the energy sector despite the employment uncertainties. The Houston school district is planning to expand its ...

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Permian producers buck the trend

Pump jack and flare operating in the Permian Basin, Eddy County, New Mexico. (Image: Blake Thornberry via Flickr)

The oil price crash walloped large independent oil companies during the past year, which on average lost a third of their value, according to RBC Richardson Barr, a Houston-based energy advisory firm. But some companies buck that trend and they share a common trait — they focus on the Permian Basin, where they lay claim to prized sweet spots, and ...

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Sub-$50: When ‘fracking does not work’


The downturn shows no signs of reversing for the oilfield services industry, and now these businesses that represent some of the top private employers in Odessa face a deepening pain, particularly those that frack wells. Today, about half of the fracking companies who were bidding on new work in the Permian Basin at this time last year continue to do ...

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New Mexico to release monitoring plan for mine spill

Contaminated Animas River near Silverton, Colorado. Getty Images via NewsCred.

FARMINGTON, N.M. — New Mexico is developing a plan that will guide long-term monitoring activities in the wake of a spill of wastewater from a Colorado mine. The state is expected to release a draft of the plan Tuesday. Officials are urging tribes, local leaders, concerned residents and researchers to weigh in during a 30-day comment period. A public meeting ...

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Texas regulator clears oil and gas company of causing quakes


AUSTIN, Texas  — The regulatory agency overseeing Texas’ oil and gas industry has determined that a series of small earthquakes in North Texas likely wasn’t caused by drilling operations by an Exxon Mobil subsidiary. The preliminary findings mark the first decision by the Texas Railroad Commission since it was authorized last year to consider whether seismological activity was caused by ...

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Review of spill damage urged

Animas River. Image via Wikimedia

SANTA FE — Five state lawmakers are urging members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to pursue federal legislation that would mandate an independent review of the damage caused by 3 million gallons of mine waste spilling into a tributary of the Animas River and possibly provide financial compensation for affected communities and individuals. In a letter sent Tuesday, the five ...

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