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Ector County Energy Center opens

A roughly 350-megawatt natural gas plant formally opened northwest of Goldsmith on Wednesday, heralded by local governmental officials as a boon to the local tax base, particularly the Ector County Independent School District. The so-called Ector County Energy Center sits on about 32 acres that were vacant ranchland a year ago near the Andrews County line. It is designed to ...

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Major cleanup: EPA working ‘time critical emergency’ pollution site

An Environmental Protection Agency team is cleaning up thousands of leaky oil drums left for years in industrial east Odessa that investigators say threatened groundwater, risked dangerous runoff to a nearby neighborhood and created a fire hazard after a local businessman abandoned them when his company failed. The site, about 4.5 acres at the intersection Market Street and Marco Avenue, ...

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Transportation commission approves West Texas road improvements

The Texas Transportation Commission approved 22 projects totaling more than $304 million in Proposition 1 funding, including three roadway improvement projects in the 12-county Odessa District, according to Thursday new release from the Texas Department of Transportation. The funded projects awarded this month include a project on State Highway 349 in Upton County between RM 2401 and Spur 576, near ...

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Oilfield worker recovering after well fire

An Odessa oilfield worker injured in a fire Tuesday at a Ward County well site remained in critical condition Thursday at a Lubbock Hospital. Ward County Sheriff Mikel Strickland, who responded to the fire at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, identified the man as Juan Renteria and said he was the most severely injured during the blaze, which was also described ...

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Pothole: the scourge of Market Street

A hole in the road on south Market Street in Odessa has become more of a pond than a pothole over the last seven years. News West 9 reports that the pothole, which covers the whole road, has been a frustrating obstacle for area motorists and nearby business owners. “It’s a pothole, but it’s more like a crater in the ...

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Odessa mulls annexation

City of Odessa officials are once again considering annexing industrial land as part of a continued effort to smooth city boundaries and shore up the municipal tax base. Last year, the Odessa City Council scaled back annexation plans after protests from some business owners such as Dick Sivalls of Sivalls Inc., who were worried about the impact of local building ...

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Finding a job after the oilfield

Diego Estrada finally lost his job as a wireline operator in March. For months, the 35year-old said he watched his hours dwindle, chipping away at earnings beyond what he ever made as a construction worker in El Paso. In 2014, he said he made $88,000. But as oil companies shed rigs and completed fewer and fewer wells as the New ...

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