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Former steel plant converted into pipe inspection facility

BENWOOD, W.Va. — The former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel facility in Benwood will soon be home to a company doing business with the natural gas industry. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports Dunbar, Pennsylvania-based JLE Industries has invested over $6 million to establish an 80,000-square-foot plant. It’s expected to open in January and employ as many as 45 when fully operational. Workers at ...

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Editorial: Some good, local ideas for ‘cap & trade’ to fight global pollution

Oil and gas refinery operates amidst a global shift away from fossil fuels in an effort to fight climate change and global warming

The U.S. can no longer continue its political complacency over climate change and the impact it will have worldwide. We say “political” complacency as the majority of Americans support the U.S. joining an international pact to reduce greenhouse emissions — two-thirds of them, in fact, according to a New York Times/CBS poll released last week, which coincided with President Barack ...

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Easy to use well economics software provides relevant data in minutes

In a cyclical industry like oil and gas, people generally expect dramatic market fluctuations; however, when the price of oil drops by 50% like it did last year and remains low, companies inevitably struggle.  Modified drilling plans, lower rig counts, layoffs and focus on existing production are some of this year’s themes, and it is the rare oil company that ...

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Abundant water source sets the stage for economic development in Yucca, Arizona

Deserts are usually for the cacti and the scorpions because of limited water resources. Even its human inhabitants must worry daily about water access and rights. Since water is not only critical to life but to economic and cultural development as well, access to water is a really big deal. Despite its water challenges, the desert can harbor the potential ...

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Rental company culture positions it for continuing success

When it comes to safety and economic security in the oil and gas field, strong, long-term business relationships matter. According to a 2014 report (based on 2012 data) published by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH), the oil and gas industry’s fatality rate is now 24.2 deaths for every 100,000 full time workers vs. 3.2 deaths per ...

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Mortgages 101: taking the best route to your new home

Purchasing a home The time has come to buy a house. Cue the applause. It’s exciting news! All that hard work has paid off.  Though once the excitement dies down, nervousness might take its place.  For those who’ve never purchased a home before, the process can be especially intimidating. The mortgage industry isn’t known for easy to understand rules and ...

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Grassroots network forms to monitor fracking front

DENTON – Cathy McMullen shook her head as a year of hard work went down in flames. The leader of the Denton grassroots group that spearheaded the state’s first voter-approved ban on fracking last fall felt powerless as state lawmakers tossed the Denton ban onto the ash heap earlier this year. On a drive back from Austin, McMullen thought that after ...

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