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Pipeline project would bring thousands of jobs

According to a study conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, the design and construction process of a new natural gas pipeline project will bring in an estimated $1.6 billion in additional wages, revenues and investments to the regional and state economies of Pennsylvania and Virginia. The results of the analysis show that the Williams Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project has ...

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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’s job landscape shifting (for now) away from big oil

WILLISTON, N.D. – Halliburton Co , Schlumberger NV and other large energy companies were conspicuously absent from a major North Dakota job fair this week, a telling sign as employers in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state grapple with sliding crude prices . Instead of roustabouts, the state’s oil industry wants pump technicians, gas-processing plant operators and truck drivers to ...

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Explosion kills oil field worker in southeastern New Mexico

HOBBS, N.M. — An explosion at an oil field site in southeastern New Mexico has killed one worker and injured another. Authorities say preliminary information indicated the explosion occurred Wednesday in southern Lea County while the workers were loading material into a pipe being installed into a drilling pipe. The county Sheriff’s Department said the victims were struck by metal ...

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BP Whiting endures union strike, failing equipment

Plenty has gone wrong for the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, recently; on top of a weeks-long, 1,100-worker strike, Northwestern Indiana (NWI) Times reports technical issues as well. One of the facility’s catalytic units, or cat cracker—equipment that boils crude oil into usable fuel—had to be shut down last week after its pump stopped working. Amidst the strike and mechanical ...

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About 1,000 laid off by Husky oil sands contractor, union says

CALGARY, Alberta – About 1,000 construction workers employed by a contractor at Husky Energy Inc’s Sunrise oil sands project were laid off unexpectedly on Wednesday, a union official confirmed. Izzy Huygen, a Fort McMurray, Alberta, representative of the Christian Labor Association of Canada, said many of the workers had expected their jobs to last until summer but were informed of ...

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Odessa oilfield pipe company lays off 78

Houston-based TMK IPSCO plans to lay off 78 workers at its oilfield equipment plant in Odessa in May, according to notice from the company to state regulators released on Monday. The plant threads pipe used in the drilling side of oil and gas activity, meaning the drop in the Permian Basin’s rig count immediately impacted the company, said spokesman Roger ...

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Grad program named after well-known oilman

WICHITA FALLS – Midwestern State University continues an impactful relationship with a longtime Wichita Falls family with the founding of the Robert L. Bolin Graduate School of Petroleum Geology. The university announced the creation Wednesday, detailing a new master’s degree in the field of petroleum geology. Robert L. Bolin, a native Wichitan, joined his father, D.H. Bolin, in the family’s ...

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