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Residents complain of foul smell

Some West Odessa residents are complaining of headaches and nausea, but no environmental agencies are looking into the oilfield waste landfill that many say is contributing to the symptoms. Joe Mendoza, 28, lives in the neighborhood just west of South Westcliff Road, and said the Tervita landfill looming over the residents sends strong fumes over all the houses. “I work ...

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Texas: Oil downturn bad for economy, good for housing

SNYDER – House-hunters in Scurry County might finally have a chance now. A downturn in the oil market has not exactly opened up a flood of options in Snyder’s otherwise-tight housing market, but has arguably made the house- or apartment-search slightly less frustrating. The town’s La Posada apartment complex, for instance, finally has a unit available for rent. One vacancy ...

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North Dakota researchers studying ‘man camps’ in oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A multi-university research team is studying temporary trailer parks occupied by thousands of people across North Dakota’s oil patch. The team has been visiting “man camps” throughout the past three years in an effort to preserve their history. The researchers have been photographing and speaking with residents at about 50 to 60 camps in the region, the ...

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Bakken boom-town aims to become more family friendly

Watford City is planning for another major construction season which city and county leaders hope will entice more families to make the city their permanent home, reports The Forum News Service (FNS). The projects the city has planned are aimed to accommodate the growing population of youth. As reported by FNS, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems CEO Dan Kelly said, “For ...

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Residents fear North Carolina pipeline will destroy property values

Economic development and plummeting property values were passionately discussed Monday night during a public meeting with representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which could oversee the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would cut through portions of North Carolina. Supporters — including county commissioners and local government officials — said the pipeline could bring job opportunities to the state’s ...

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Are you in danger of an oil train derailment or fire?

If a crude oil train in Pennsylvania were to derail, catch fire or both, about 1.5 million people are potentially in danger, reported a PublicSource analysis. To break it down, this is equal to one in every nine Pennsylvanians, or 11.5 percent of the state’s population.  Out of the entire state, 327 K-12 schools, 37 hospitals and 61 nursing homes could ...

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Oil dropped, what about rent?

Jesse Godfrey is one of many Odessans who saw the drop-off in oil and gas activity and wonders when the downturn will begin to show up in his living expenses. Godfrey pays $1,200 a month for his apartment, where similar units have risen to a rate of $1,500. The oil patch equipment inspector has lived in Odessa long enough to ...

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