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Energy Spotlight: Ryan T. Purpura

Ryan T. Purpura hopes to never do anything but legal work for the oil and gas sector. He also hopes to finish his career in Western Pennsylvania, where he grew up. Despite the recent slowdown in drilling activity because of low prices, the partner in Downtown law firm McGuire Woods’ energy section says both he and the business that flows ...

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Halliburton says has cut 9,000 jobs in wake of oil’s drop

HOUSTON — Halliburton has cut 9,000 jobs in about six months and is considering additional cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices reduce demand for its drilling help. That’s more than 10 percent of the Houston company’s workforce. Halliburton Co. executives disclosed the job cuts Monday on a conference call with investors. The company reported a loss of $643 million in ...

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Two-year degrees can really pay off

LOS ANGELES – Steven Polasck of Corpus Christi, Texas, liked math and science in high school. He considered attending a four-year college but ultimately decided to use his strengths to get a two-year degree in instrumentation from Texas State Technical College. He has not looked back. “I went to work on the Monday after graduation,” said Polasck, 27, who monitors ...

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Marathon refinery workers at Galveston Bay reject final offer – union

HOUSTON – Striking workers at the Marathon Petroleum Corp’s Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, Texas, rejected the company’s “last, best and final” contract offer, according to a union official representing the workers. In rejecting the offer, the United Steelworkers told Marathon it was willing to resume negotiations on Monday in an effort to end the work stoppage that began ...

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Schlumberger announces further job cuts, cost reductions


The world’s largest oilfield services provider, Schlumberger Ltd., reported its lowest first-quarter profit within four years and subsequent additional job cuts, according to Bloomberg news. The profit decline and job cuts are a result of the company’s customers cutting costs and the drastic reduction in overall spending due to current market prices and drilling slowdown. In a statement made by ...

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Texas oil company accused of ND worker discrimination


WILLISTON, N.D. — A federal lawsuit has been filed against an oil company operating in North Dakota’s oil patch accusing it of discriminating against a worker based on his race. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Cudd Energy Services violated civil rights law by subjecting Alexis Villanueva to a racially hostile work environment because of his Asian race and ...

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Pennsylvania job boom is still going strong

Low oil and natural gas prices have hit the industry hard, especially when it comes to jobs.  Several companies have laid off thousands of employees in order to cut back spending.  However, in one area of the U.S. the job market still seems to be booming, and finding work isn’t an issue. The state of Pennsylvania seems to be going ...

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