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More than 1,400 intervenors want to be part of PennEast Pipeline process

By Thursday evening’s deadline, more than 1,400 individuals, governmental bodies and other entities filed as intervenors to PennEast Pipeline’s proposed 114-mile natural gas pipeline. The status is important for those who oppose the project because it makes them a party to the proceedings and allows them to appeal any decisions made by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the independent agency ...

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Unemployment rate drops in NEPA

The unemployment rate in Northeastern Pennsylvania went down in September for all the right reasons, an expert says. The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in September. The MSA’s rate was the 15th lowest among Pennsylvania’s 18 MSAs. MSA rates ranged from 3.7 percent in the State College ...

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US mine fatalities down over first 9 months of 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — Federal regulators say 25 fatalities have occurred in U.S. mines through the first nine months of this year, down from 33 deaths in the same period of 2014. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that seven fatalities occurred from July through September. Five of those deaths were in metal and nonmetal mines and two occurred ...

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Walker administration wants to pay state employee $840,000 for gas pipeline work

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is asking the Legislature to approve an $840,000 salary and benefits package for a public employee to work on Alaska’s natural gas pipeline megaproject. The request is part of the budget bill that Walker is asking lawmakers to approve during the special session currently underway here. The money would boost the salary and benefits ...

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Halliburton lays off employees in Duncan

DUNCAN — Several former employees of Halliburton showed up to the Duncan branch of Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Thursday claiming the company had laid them off. OESC Center Manager Chris Moore said as of 10:45 a.m. Thursday about 30 people who said they were laid off from Halliburton had filed paperwork at his office. “There were already several people waiting ...

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Welding is bigger in Texas

Texas employs more than 50,000 welders, making it the welding capital of the United States. More than 1 in 10 welders in the U.S. calls Texas their home. Three of the top 10 metropolitan areas in the U.S. for welding careers are located in Texas. Houston is No. 1 with nearly 18,000 jobs. The Lone Star State has a diverse ...

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Hiring goes cold across state

Hiring was slow for the third straight month in Colorado and more people left the labor force, according to preliminary September jobs data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor and Employment. Wages were up a modest 2.1 percent from a year earlier, the agency said. The average workweek decreased to 33.9 hours from 34.3 hours. In Pueblo County, ...

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4th worker died after pipeline explosion

HOUMA, La. — The Terrebonne Parish coroner’s office says a fourth man has died of injuries from an explosion at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility in Gibson. Three men died immediately Oct. 8, and two were critically injured. Chief investigator Danny Theriot (TER-ee-oh) tells The Courier that 56-year-old Michael Hill of Paris, Tennessee, died Oct. 12. He says Theriot worked ...

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