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Hundreds more oil sands staff evacuated on Alberta fire threat

CALGARY, Alberta – Statoil ASA, MEG Energy Corp and Cenovus Energy Inc evacuated hundreds of workers from three oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta on Tuesday as wildfires raged through the key crude-producing region. The latest evacuations are in addition to project shutdowns by Cenovus and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd over the weekend, as companies rushed to remove staff from ...

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Gulf Marine plans layoffs of 554 workers

ARANSAS PASS — Offshore manufacturer Gulf Marine Fabricators is planning to shed 554 jobs at its facility in Aransas Pass during the next eight weeks amid plummeting energy prices. Notices were sent out to employees on May 18, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification report released Tuesday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The layoffs were expected to be ...

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Unemployment rates fell in 23 US states in April

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states in April as hiring rebounded nationwide from weak job gains the previous month. The Labor Department said Wednesday that 11 states reported a higher unemployment rate than in March, while 16 states saw no change. Forty states gained jobs, and 9 states posted job losses. The drag from lower oil prices ...

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Japan nuclear plant obtains final permit needed to restart

TOKYO — A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. All of Japan’s more than 40 reactors are currently offline for repairs or safety inspections. The two units ...

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Coastal restoration group announces 15-year achievement

THIBODAUX, La. — A Baton Rouge-based habitat restoration program says it has restored 4,500 acres of wetlands in south Louisiana over the past 15 years. The Courier reports the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana announced its achievement on Tuesday during a meeting in Thibodaux. Restoration Program Director Hilary Collis says the organization has recruited more than 11,000 volunteers since 2000. The ...

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Texas oil patches brace for more rains, possible floods

HOUSTON – Texas oilfields could see strong rains and thunderstorms later this week, though they were spared the heaviest flooding that struck central and eastern Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. There were reports of flooded roads in parts of the Permian Basin of west Texas and swollen creeks in the Eagle Ford ...

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Mary Landrieu has a new job in Washington DC

After tireless focus on energy and environmental issues during her time as Louisiana senator, Mary Landrieu has taken up the flag once again, this time as a senior policy advisor at Van Ness Feldman LLP in Washington, DC. According to the firm’s website, Van Ness Feldman “is a leading, highly responsive law and policy firm providing legal counsel, thought leadership ...

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LWC data reflects oil, gas industry job losses

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has released the state’s latest employment data, representing March’s workforce numbers, and the information reflects the job-loss trend in the oil and gas industry. Louisiana’s seasonally-adjusted job counts for the mining and logging sector—where the oil and gas industry falls—decreased by 600, or 1.2 percent, from February to March this year. Over the last year, ...

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