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Oklahoma City-based Kimray Inc. announces more layoffs

Kimray

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City-based company that makes equipment used in oil- and gas-fields will lay off 120 employees by the end of the week. The layoffs at Kimray Inc. announced Monday come after the company laid off 65 employees in March. Another 128 employees accepted voluntary buyouts in 2015. The latest cuts will leave the company with ...

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Natural gas pipeline proposed for eastern ND, western MN

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck-based energy company says it wants to build a roughly 38-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas supply to eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. WBI Energy Inc. said Monday that the expansion would cost an estimated $50 million. The company, a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group Inc., says the project would connect a pipeline near ...

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Mexico to offer farm-out on deep water field in Gulf

Mexico, Pemex

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state-owned oil company announced Friday it will offer a farm-out arrangement to private firms to join in the exploration of a deep-water field in the Gulf of Mexico. It would be the first time that Petroleos Mexicanos has formed an association with a private firm for deep-water drilling. Pemex Director Jose Antonio Gonzalez called it ...

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Railroad says broken bolt caused Oregon train derailment

At least one broken bolt holding the rail in place caused the fiery derailment of a Union Pacific train moving volatile crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon-Washington border, railroad officials say. Union Pacific spokesman Justin Jacobs said Saturday that the company filed a report Friday with the Federal Railroad Administration citing one or more broken bolts ...

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Top Eagle Ford news stories: June 3-10

oil exploration, Kazakhstan

Catch up on the top Eagle Ford news stories from the past week. Rising oil prices led to the first increase of the national rig count this year. 5. Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought DENVER (AP) — Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of ...

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German prosecutors investigating missing data in VW scandal

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors are investigating an employee at Volkswagen who allegedly asked his coworkers to delete or hide data in connection with the company’s emission scandal. Braunschweig prosecutor Klaus Ziehe said Thursday the suspect, whose name was not released, had in an “indirect but clear enough way” made the request just before Volkswagen acknowledged using special software to ...

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Massachusetts House approves bill to boost hydro, wind power

wind power

BOSTON (AP) — Legislation that could make hydro and wind power a bigger part of the state’s overall energy mix has passed the Massachusetts House. The bill approved Wednesday would require utilities to solicit long-term contracts for importing an additional 1,200 megawatts each of Canadian hydroelectricity and offshore wind. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic legislative leaders have called the ...

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