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Oil industry starts to squeeze costs, wages: Kemp

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By John Kemp Jan 30 (Reuters) – Cutting the cost of everything from salaries and steel pipes to seismic surveys and drilling equipment is the central challenge for the oil and gas industry over the next five years. The tremendous increase in exploration and production activity around the world over the last ten years has strained the global supply chain and been accompanied by a ...

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What’s at Fault? Earthquakes in Texas

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Beginning in November of 2013 residents living just northwest of Fort Worth, Texas have been subject to a slew of small earthquakes. Over 30 tremors have shaken the area around Azle, which has historically had very little seismic activity. The hydraulic fracturing industry is seen by many as the culprit. Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett is concerned with the area’s developments, ...

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EDITORIAL: Texas quake-busters should focus on their accomplishments

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Some Azle-area residents said they were disappointed with the Railroad Commission on Tuesday after they rode a chartered bus to Austin and packed a commission hearing to complain about earthquakes they believe are caused by natural gas production. Their disappointment is understandable.They would rather have come away from the hearing with the three commissioners, who regulate oil and gas production ...

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ND county lowers $2.6M fine against TX oil company

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Williams County Commission has reduced by 99 percent a $2.6 million fine levied against a Texas company operating what the county describes as illegal housing in the western North Dakota oil patch. The agreement calls for Houston-based Stallion Oilfield Services to pay just $26,000 and to have employees vacate the units by the end of ...

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County approves two wind energy reinvestment zones

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In what was already assumed to be a foregone conclusion, Hale County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved two 5-year reinvestment zones for wind farm projects going up on opposite sides of the county. The zones, which can be renewed after five years, were approved in two separate public hearings held after Monday’s regularly scheduled commissioners court session. The first, held ...

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Texas oilfield company appeals $2.6 million fine in North Dakota

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WILLISTON, N.D. — A Texas company is appealing a $2.6 million fine for allegedly operating illegal temporary housing for its workers in the western North Dakota oil patch. Williams County late last year fined Houston-based Stallion Oilfield Services for failing to follow conditions of a permit. Zoning officials said Stallion was originally approved in 2011 for 25 housing units but ...

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