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U.S. energy companies slash jobs as oil prices weaken

Oilfield giants Schlumberger Ltd and Halliburton Co and many others in the oil and gas industry have announced plans to lay off thousands of people in the past few months as global oil prices have fallen more than 40 percent since June. Brent prices fell to near six-year lows in January, hurt by a global supply glut and OPEC’s decision ...

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‘Boomtowners’ looks to the human side of North Dakota’s oil fields

WILLISTON, N.D. – Aiming to show the human side of North Dakota’s oil industry, the Smithsonian Channel’s “Boomtowners” chronicles the highs and lows of transplants to one of the nation’s fastest-growing economies. Producers of the show, which airs the third of six episodes this Sunday night, deliberately sidestepped any focus on the environmental concerns of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial technique ...

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Editorial: Fractivists threaten the poor

Anti-fracking crusaders claim they fight for minorities and the poor. They clearly do the opposite. On the legislature’s last day of the 2015 session, Coloradans Against Fracking set up a mock classroom on the Capitol steps and placed dunce caps on figures portraying Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and the legislature. Each was given an “F” in “preventing harm to health ...

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BP strike seen as victory for future generations

WHITING — Strikes aren’t anything like they used to be in a more rough-and-tumble era. Striking workers who picketed outside the BP Whiting Refinery for the last few months didn’t swear, or march up and down the picket line. They didn’t throw nails outside the gate, bust windows or park junk cars on the railroad tracks where oil tank cars ...

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U.S. private sector adds 169,000 jobs in April: ADP

U.S. private employers added 169,000 jobs last month, the fewest since January 2014 and far below economists’ expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 200,000 jobs. March’s private payrolls were revised down to an increase of 175,000 jobs from the previously ...

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100 layoffs at Pioneer

TRINIDAD — Citing a continued drop in natural gas prices worldwide and the recent collapse of crude oil prices, Pioneer Natural Resources Co. has announced 100 layoffs at its Trinidad field office. The company also will shutter its Denver office. The local layoffs are nearly half of the existing workforce at the Trinidad facility. The Las Animas County commissioners expressed ...

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Energy Pipeline: Field Worker Profile — Therese DeBenedette

Name: Therese DeBenedette Hometown: Boulder Where do you live? Arvada Company: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation How long have you been working in northeastern Colorado? Since August 2013 (1.5 years) What is your job title and duties? I am an engineering technologist, which basically means I organize, merge and analyze data and provide tools for engineers, operators and management to better manage ...

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2 injured in Wyoming oil facility explosion, fire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two workers are injured in an explosion and fire at an oil facility in Converse County. The blast happened just before noon Friday at the Chesapeake Energy facility about four miles north of Douglas. Rob Black with the state Department of Workforce Services says two contractors with Susquehanna Services were pumping fluid out of containers at the ...

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North Dakota: Death Trap?

For the third year in a row, people died on the job in North Dakota than any other state in 2015, The Guardian reports. According to an annual report from union federation AFL-CIO, 14.9 fatalities occurred per 100,000 workers—four times the national average and double the amount of work-related deaths in 2007. The death toll is especially concentrated in the ...

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