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Light Tower Rentals launches “Safety Coin” program to enhance culture of employee safety

Odessa, Texas, Dec 8, 2015 — The latest installment in Light Tower Rental’s (LTR) pursuit of zero recordable injuries is the “Safety Coin” program beginning in 2016. Safety coins are given to star employees whom exemplify strong safety culture to bestow on other employees demonstrating similar behaviors. Whenever an employee receives one of the coins, the giver will take a ...

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8 arrested for trespassing while protesting gas pipeline

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — Eight people face criminal trespassing charges after being arrested at a gas pipeline site in northwestern Rhode Island. The protesters were arrested at the Spectra Energy Gas Transmission Facility in Burrillville Saturday. About 100 people protested against the expansion of a gas pipeline project. The arrested protesters — who were later released — have been identified as ...

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Plunging oil prices drag down Wall Street

Wall Street was lower at the open on Monday as Brent crude prices fell to their lowest in nearly seven years after OPEC’s meeting ended last week without a reference to its output ceiling. Brent crude prices <LCOc1> fell to $38.80, while a stronger dollar made it more expensive to hold crude positions. The dollar <.DXY> rose for a second ...

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Republican presidential hopeful Cruz claims his plan would expand ethanol demand

CEDAR RAPIDS — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz defended his energy plan that would terminate federal support for ethanol production, claiming that ending subsidies for all forms of energy would expand the market — and demand — for the corn-based fuel that is credited with supporting somewhere between 47,000 and 75,000 jobs in Iowa. “You shouldn’t have government picking winners and ...

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High seas would thwart Straits oil spill response

Imagine an oil slick quickly growing through the Straits of Mackinac from a rupture of the 62-year-old, twin pipelines known as Line 5 traversing the bottom of where Lakes Michigan and Huron connect. Now imagine oil spill response boats from the pipeline operator and U.S. Coast Guard moored at the docks, taking no action for hours, or even a day ...

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Impending natural gas deal angers many Israelis

JERUSALEM— As Israel prepares to push through a long-delayed landmark natural gas deal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a growing backlash by protesters who accuse him of using shady backroom dealings and strong-arm tactics to push through the plan. While some critics say the deal is a sellout, much of the opposition has focused on the great lengths Netanyahu ...

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Effect of climate deal on Texas is up in the air

WASHINGTON — All eyes are on Paris this week as the United Nations climate summit finalizes worldwide targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is expected by the conclusion of the two-week summit on Friday, and it is already having a special resonance in Texas, the nation’s largest energy producer. President Barack Obama laid out the U.S. position in a ...

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Pipeline operator won’t be penalized for explosion

Energy Transfer Company will not be fined for a pipeline explosion that occurred in DeWitt County in June. A 46-page report from the Railroad Commission of Texas attributes the cause of the pipeline rupture to a bending overload that placed the bottom of the 42-inch pipeline under pressure, causing a fracture along the weld. No violations were identified by the ...

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Egypt to pay Israel $1.76 billion after halting gas supplies

JERUSALEM— Israel’s state-owned electric utility said Sunday that Egyptian natural gas companies have been ordered to pay it $1.76 billion in compensation for halting gas supplies. Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said Egypt would appeal the decision by an international arbitrator, state-run MENA news agency reported. Egypt stopped selling natural gas to Israel in 2012 after months of attacks on ...

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2 new natural gas facilities proposed for Louisiana

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NEW ORLEANS — Two companies are looking at building large facilities along the Mississippi River south of New Orleans where they can export natural gas to the world market, another sign of the expanding footprint of the natural gas industry in Louisiana. Until now, the area around Lake Charles has been the center of a boom in the market to ...

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