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Texas adds 7 rigs; Dec. 2 rig count totals 597

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U.S. oil producers, especially in shale plays across the region, are likely crossing their fingers that OPEC’s commitment to cutting production will help oil prices to inch higher—and stay there. In the meantime, rig counts have inched up slightly. As reported by Baker Hughes, the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas went up a total of four ...

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U.S. rig count declines by 1 to 568

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Baker Hughes’ latest rig count report shows the number of rigs drilling for oil rose by two this week to 452. Rigs drilling for natural gas was down 2. The total rig count fell by one to 568, still higher than the May low of 404. Total offshore rigs are down 12 from last year at this time. States losing ...

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Trump election shows promise for oil and gas industry

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The U.S. oil and gas industry shows tentative hope that a new Trump administration will “re-ignite growth in the sector,” according to a Forbes article Friday. Frank Murphy, managing director of RW Baird, said: The 45th president will likely remove regulatory impediments imposed by the Obama administration that have stymied oil and gas drilling and infrastructure buildout. Forbes reported Murphy ...

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Hamm joins Trump’s short list of cabinet prospects

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As the dust settles from this year’s presidential election, conversation has already turned to Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet. Big names like Rudy Guiliani, former New York City Mayor, and other “like-minded CEOs,” top the list for positions in Trump’s cabinet. What does this mean for the oil and gas industry? One of the industry’s most prominent businessmen could hold a ...

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Customer Service is More Than Just Being Nice; If Done Right, It Can Save Your Customers Big Bucks

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By Jeff Miller At LTR, our core values are Safety, Customer Service, Integrity, Teamwork, and Accountability.  Safety is the focus of every job at Light Tower Rentals (LTR).  It starts at the office, continues at the jobsite, and really never finishes.  Safety is priority one, because if you don’t have a safe work environment, you won’t have customers.  Without customers, ...

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Tense standoff at Dakota Access protest encampment

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CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The prospect of a police raid on an encampment protesting the Dakota Access pipeline faded as night fell Wednesday, with law enforcement making no immediate move after protesters rejected their request to withdraw from private land. Unmarked aircraft that had been monitoring protesters were withdrawn late in the day, and some activists who had been ...

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Researchers: Limits on drilling not enough to protect sage grouse

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species, according to scientists. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University reached the conclusion after examining the effects of drilling on greater sage grouse over a ...

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After Calif. leak, feds seek to curtail natural gas blowouts

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after a blowout at a natural gas well near Los Angeles spewed tons of noxious gas and drove thousands from their homes, a federal task force is recommending dozens of safety changes for the nation’s 400 underground natural gas storage facilities. A report released Tuesday recommends that operators of gas-storage sites conduct strict risk assessments ...

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Hotline set up to help farmers affected by pipeline protests

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department has set up a hotline to help farmers and ranchers south of the Bismarck-Mandan area who’ve been affected by protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Many producers need to finish seasonal work before winter sets in, and they’re having problems trying to find willing truck drivers and custom silage-chopping services, Agriculture ...

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Protesters emerge from pipeline stored at construction site

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VERPLANCK, N.Y. (AP) — Four protesters have emerged from an above-ground section of a steel natural gas pipeline that’s being built underneath the Hudson River after they climbed into it to protest a pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. A protest group says Rebecca Berlin, Mackenzie Wilkins, Dave Publow and Janet Gonzalez entered a work site early Monday and entered ...

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