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Companies pay oil workers $1.5M in back wages, damages

Companies pay oil workers $1.5M in back wages, damages

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Oilfield companies doing business in New Mexico and West Texas have paid workers $1.5 million in back wages and damages following a federal investigation. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced Thursday that Nova Mud Inc., Nova Hardbandings LLC and Nova Sand LLC violated overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards ...

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Chevron shifts focus to Texas shale

Chevron shifts focus to Texas shale

Chevron plans to focus on shorter-cycle investments in West Texas shale plays after its larger, long-term investments come into production this year. By the end of the decade, Chevron believes it can nearly triple its oil production in the Permian Basin by increasing its rig count from seven to 14. “Don’t be surprised if by the middle of the next ...

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Southern Power acquires Texas solar facility

Southern Power acquires Texas solar facility

Southern Power made another investment in West Texas solar energy. The company, a subsidiary of Southern Company, announced its acquisition of the East Pecos Solar Facility project from Arizona-based First Solar on Monday. The facility has 120 megawatts of power capacity and will begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. Both companies declined to reveal details of the acquisition. “Southern ...

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Anadarko to build man camp in West Texas

Anadarko to build man camp in West Texas

Anadarko Petroleum will open a new housing facility in West Texas near El Paso, according to the Houston Business Journal. The 77,190-square-foot man camp, located in Mentone, will be able to support 200 Anadarko employees and contractors, according to Target Logistics. The facility will include a basketball court, movie theater, game room, laundry facilities and a convenience store. A ribbon-cutting ...

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First responder training program planned for region

In the next month, Dr. Dinesh Vyas of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin plans to start a trainer-trainee program so people can help reduce mortality rates in remote work areas or accident scenes. Vyas, who is an associate professor, associate dean surgery research, associate program director at Texas Tech Health Sciences, said he will start ...

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Small airplane crashes in West Texas near state’s highest peak

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GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Texas — A single-engine airplane has crashed near the highest peak in Texas, causing an explosion and debris field a half-mile wide. Elizabeth Jackson, a spokeswoman for Guadalupe Mountains National Park, says the plane went down late Tuesday afternoon in a rugged area near Guadalupe Peak, with an elevation of about 8,700 feet. She says the ...

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Breaking the oil and gas bust

CARLSBAD — The boom town: where old meets new and where the small town meets big industry. For the last seven years Carlsbad located in the Northwest portion of the Permian Basin, has been a boomtown. The Permian Basin — one of the largest oil and gas regions in the U.S. — stretches across most of Southeast New Mexico and ...

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Transportation commission approves West Texas road improvements

The Texas Transportation Commission approved 22 projects totaling more than $304 million in Proposition 1 funding, including three roadway improvement projects in the 12-county Odessa District, according to Thursday new release from the Texas Department of Transportation. The funded projects awarded this month include a project on State Highway 349 in Upton County between RM 2401 and Spur 576, near ...

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Can Texas pull through?

In most people’s mind, Texas and oil go together like Rocky and boxing; one just wouldn’t be the same without the other. So, of course it came as no surprise that communities in south and west Texas suffered as oil prices plummeted over the past year. West Texas crude prices hit $39 this week— the lowest it’s been since 2009, ...

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