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Riverside Research to open $7M lab expansion

Riverside Research’s $7 million expansion of its center in Beavercreek includes a multi-disciplinary laboratory environment where researchers will work to advance state-of-the-art technologies for the U.S. government. Research areas will include space propulsion and communications; non-invasive brain injury assessment; electronic warfare methods; and multi-sensor surveillance and reconnaissance, company officials said. The centerpiece of the facility is a plasma chamber, which ...

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Chesapeake Energy lays off 740 workers companywide

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Citing low energy prices, Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Tuesday it was laying off 740 employees, most of them at its Oklahoma City headquarters, after the company reported a second-quarter loss of more than $4 billion in August. The company said the layoffs represent about 15 percent of its workforce, cuts that will hit hardest at the ...

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Local jobless rate holds steady in August

Unemployment among residents of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area held steady in August at 6.3 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor & Industry. The metro area had the third-highest jobless rate among the state’s 18 metro areas. State College enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate at 3.7 while Johnstown was the highest at 6.8 percent followed by ...

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Silicosis: another fracking field hazard that leaves scars

What is America’s most dangerous occupation? It’s oil and gas extraction, according to a 2014 report (based on 2012 data) published by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH).The industry’s fatality rate is now 24.2 deaths for every 100,000 full time workers vs. 3.2 deaths per 100,000 overall rate for U.S. workers. Many factors contribute to its dangerous ...

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Halliburton lays off Williston workers; how many not known

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Houston-based oil field services company Halliburton has laid off some of its workers in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston, though the company isn’t providing details. Halliburton in April suspended operations at its facility in Minot and transferred many of the jobs there to locations in Williston and Dickinson, citing “changing business needs ...

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Halliburton to pay $18.3 mln overtime wages – U.S. Labor Dept

Halliburton Co will pay $18.3 million to more than 1,000 oil and gas workers it improperly exempted from overtime pay, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Tuesday, the latest development in a nationwide probe into wage practices in the industry. The department said Halliburton improperly identified workers in 28 job categories as exempt from overtime pay under the Fair ...

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Halliburton cuts jobs in Williston, North Dakota

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Halliburton Co, the world’s No. 2 oilfield services provider, said on Monday it has laid off staff in Williston, North Dakota, blaming plunging crude oil prices. The company provided no details on the number of employees affected. “Halliburton will continue to monitor the business environment and will adjust the size of our workforce to align with current business demands as ...

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Oil-price depression brings sleepy feel back to South Texas boomtown

GONZALES — Only a year ago, with oil trading near $100 a barrel, residents of this proud and pretty South Texas boomtown had only one chief complaint: traffic. Heavy-duty trucks bearing gas and equipment were kicking up dust and leaving rural roads pitted. Townspeople don’t have that worry anymore, with roads half-empty as the oil and gas game has slowed. ...

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Turzai: Thanks for the layoffs, Wolf

Tell us how you really feel about Wolf’s energy policies, Mike. In a strongly-worded commentary during Shale Insight, a natural gas convention in Philidelphia, State Representative Mike Turzai sourced the energy industry layoffs in part to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax. According to a Pittsburgh Business Times report, Turzai said in a panel discussion that the mass shedding of ...

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