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North Dakota loses rigs, gains unemployment

The oil price collapse may be on the rebound, but the job market in North Dakota recently experienced a downward slide, reports Market Watch. According to state employment data released by the Labor Department last Friday, North Dakota, the nation’s second largest oil producing state, witnessed a significant drop in employment rates for the month of May. The monthly employment ...

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RRC boosts safety for workers after concerns of rising cartel activity

David Porter is tired of waiting for the federal government to increase oil and gas worker’s safety near the border of Mexico. Today, the Texas Railroad Commission Chairman highlighted several policy changes to increase Commission inspection staff safety in pipeline areas in South Texas. “The federal government has been ineffective in preventing illegal activity along the border and with the ...

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Exterran closing Broussard plant, laying off 76

BROUSSARD, La. — Exterran will begin closing its Broussard Production Equipment Manufacturing facility Aug. 28, when 46 employees will be terminated. That’s according to a letter the company sent the Louisiana Workforce Commission. By the time the plant is fully closed later this year, officials say a total of 76 workers will have lost their jobs. The Advocate reports the ...

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The strike is over: Galveston Bay USW members head back to work

After nearly five months of the largest U.S. refinery and chemical worker strike in the past 35 years, United Steelworkers union members will return to work at Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Galveston Bay Refinery. According to the Houston Chronicle, union members reached an agreement with the company and ratified a contract. The 1,200 workers on strike in Galveston Bay, who were ...

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Norway oil rig workers threaten strike if wage talks fail

OSLO – Some 574 Norwegian rig workers could go on strike from next Thursday, potentially reducing oil production, unless a wage settlement is reached during talks with a state appointed mediator, three labor unions said on Thursday. Some 101 workers on the Petrojarl Varg oil production vessel, which operates on behalf of Repsol, and 88 people on the Petrojarl Knarr, ...

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North Dakota’s workers comp claims rise less than expected

Williston, N.D. – The number of workers compensation filings in North Dakota’s oil patch rose less than forecast from January through March, leading state officials to curb projections for total fiscal year filings, data released on Wednesday showed. The projected decrease in filings surprised officials and industry executives across the No. 2 U.S. oil producing state as expectations for an ...

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UND to begin construction on new energy complex

In less than a month, construction of the University of North Dakota’s new Collaborative Energy Complex (CEC) will begin, according to the Forum News Service. The 30,000-square-foot building will create a large complex on the southeast part of the campus, bridging Upson Hall I, Upson Hall II, Harrington Hall and the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library. Construction is ...

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Oil field job cuts cross 150,000

Job slashing from the oil bust reached a staggering 150,000 at the end of May, according to energy recruiting firm Swift Worldwide Resources. In a recent Fuel Fix publication, Swift elaborated that when compared globally, the United States has seen the “the fastest and steepest decline.” Layoffs have slowed dramatically as oil prices have just begun to regain some footing ...

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