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BP is preparing to stave off a takeover

If there was one thing guaranteed to follow low oil prices (other than the loss of thousands of jobs) it was mergers and acquisitions. This has certainly rung true as companies consolidate their portfolios or use their war chests to snap up competitors while prices are down. The recent deal between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group has many expecting ...

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Offshore company under fire in sexual harassment suit

A former employee on an offshore oil rig has filed a lawsuit against her past employer for retaliatory firing, sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Tamneshia Adams named Sodexo Remote Sites Partnership, Randall Cullen and their insurer in the lawsuit, which seeks $50,000 or more for defamation, infliction of emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of wages and attorney’s fees, according to ...

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21 confirmed dead in north China coal mine flood

BEIJING — Search teams have recovered the bodies of 21 Chinese coal miners who died when the shaft where they were working filled with water, an official said Thursday. After days of rescue efforts following the accident Sunday, the final death toll of 21 was confirmed by a Datong city government official who gave only his surname, Meng. More than ...

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Russia, Argentina sign energy framework deals in push for deeper ties

MOSCOW – Russia and Argentina signed several cooperation documents in the energy sector on Thursday, underlining Moscow’s drive to deepen ties with countries in South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. At a ceremony in the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez hailed the agreements, which pave the way for closer cooperation ...

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Expanded port for Rapides Parish to get new name

ALEXANDRIA, La. — A proposed port to serve Rapides Parish is getting a name change following some lobbying by police jurors in Baton Rouge. Rep. Lance Harris tells The Town Talk the port agency will be called the Central Louisiana Regional Port. The current Port of Alexandria would be incorporated into the Central Louisiana Regional Port. Seven of the nine ...

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Report: Man-made earthquakes shake over a dozen areas in US

LOS ANGELES — More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found. The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers at ...

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Shintech plans Iberville Parish expansion, 100 new jobs

PLAQUEMINE, La. — Shintech will spend $1.4 billion to add an ethylene plant at its Iberville Parish facility. The company said in a news release that the plant will create 100 new jobs, with an average annual salary of $68,500, plus benefits. The new project will lift Shintech’s total capital investment to date in Louisiana to $4.7 billion. With approximately ...

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Louisiana unemployment rate improves even as payrolls fall

Louisiana’s unemployment rate continued to fall in March, even as employer payrolls fell. The state’s jobless rate declined to 6.6 percent from 6.7 percent in February. That’s well above the 5.5 percent the state recorded in March 2014, and Louisiana is tied with West Virginia for the fourth-highest rate among the states. Unemployment has declined in each of the past ...

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State seismologist to review report linking drilling, quakes

AUSTIN, Texas — The state’s official seismologist has no plans for immediate action following a report that says gas drilling and wastewater injection most likely caused a swarm of earthquakes in North Texas. Craig Pearson said at a news conference Tuesday that he wouldn’t recommend that the Railroad Commission, the state’s oil and gas regulator, suspend activity at two wells ...

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