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Hundreds more job cuts announced in Texas

Texas can expect yet another wave of job cuts throughout the oil and gas sector as numerous firms have announced a combined 700 employee reduction in the upcoming months. Recently, ConocoPhillips announced a 10 percent reduction in its total labor force. According to a report from Fuel Fix, this equates to more than 500 positions in the Houston area, at ...

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Global LNG supply may not increase as much as planned

JEDDAH — Global supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is set to increase significantly from 245m tons per annum (mtpa) in 2014 to 297mtpa in 2017, according to a report from the QNB Group. Three major projects have recently been completed; over 100mtpa of LNG projects are currently under construction; and 600mtpa of projects are under consideration. However, the viability ...

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Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

As U.S. oil and gas production increased this past decade, so, too, did spills of salty oilfield wastewater that can foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten freshwater supplies. An Associated Press analysis of 11 states found more than 180 million gallons of wastewater spilled from 2009 to 2014. Questions and answers about this damaging byproduct of energy production: WHAT ...

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Expectations of Saudi oil shake-up stir uncertainty

DUBAI/RIYADH – A shake-up of Saudi Arabia’s oil leadership by King Salman has introduced a new element of unpredictability to its energy policymaking at a moment when Riyadh is grappling with slumping crude prices and its war in neighboring Yemen. State oil giant Aramco has been without a permanent chief executive since April, when Khalid al-Falih was made health minister, ...

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Fracking boom on UT’s West Texas lands linked to spills, air pollution

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The hydraulic fracturing boom on University of Texas System lands in West Texas has polluted soil, groundwater and air, according to a report to be released Tuesday by an environmental group and a think tank. At least 1.6 million gallons of oil, saltwater and other pollutants have spilled from wells and associated equipment on UT System-owned land since 2008, said ...

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It’s good news: Unemployment rate in area is up

The unemployment rate is up slightly, but it turns out to be good news this month. The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA’s) seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point in July to 6.3 percent, after two consecutive months of declines. Luzerne and Schuylkill counties went up two-tenths of a point, while Lackawanna and Carbon counties went ...

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Gas and oil industry: No one’s ‘ready to drop a drill bit in King George County’

As the King George Board of Supervisors discussed a zoning ordinance last week that would put severe restrictions on oil and gas drillers–to the point they probably wouldn’t want to do business in the county–several interesting things were said about the timing of possible activity. “In reality, I don’t believe it’s coming to King George,” Supervisor Joe Grzeika said of ...

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Is the silica sand boom over?

WINONA — Is the controversial frac sand boom over in Southeast Minnesota, or is it just a lull in an industry that routinely experiences peaks and valleys? Winona’s commercial harbor is reporting that it shipped no silica sand via barge in 2015. That marks a precipitous fall from nearly 400,000 tons last summer, according to Myron White, the harbor’s program ...

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