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Texas leads nation in oil field job growth

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The resurgence in domestic drilling made possible by new techniques like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has created thousands of new jobs since the recession, and nowhere is that more evident than the Lone Star State.
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, gives a thumbs up to passing motorist at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

After fracking ban, a long fight ahead

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The Texas Oil and Gas Association filed its challenge in federal court on Wednesday morning, arguing that the city has no right to override state policy favoring subterranean mineral extraction.
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Republicans have votes to force Keystone XL approval

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Republicans now have the votes they need in the House and the Senate to force President Barack Obama’s hand on the Keystone XL pipeline.
NRG Energy says a proposal for a new transmission line into the Houston area is based on flawed data.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

NRG adds some power to transmission line debate

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NRG Energy has begun building a new power plant in the Houston area, and says the region doesn’t need a proposed new transmission line that would bring power in from plants elsewhere in the state.
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Denton voters pass fracking ban

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The vote made Denton, which sits atop a large natural gas reserve, the first city in Texas to pass such a ban. It sets up a legal showdown between the city and industry groups that have warned the ban could be followed by lawsuits and a severe hit to Denton’s economy.
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Marathon remains committed to shale drilling despite falling oil price

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Despite falling oil prices, Marathon Oil said it remains committed to key U.S. shale plays.
Targa Resources is provider of midstream natural gas and NGL services. Targa employees are working at the Galena Park terminal. Photo: NA / HC

Targa profits double in third quarter, led by NGLs

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Targa Resources Partners said it saw more volume and fees from its natural gas liquid business.
Marathon Oil's corporate headquarters in Houston.  (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Marathon’s profit falls 24 percent on crude price slump

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Marathon Oil reported a 24 percent drop in third-quarter profit, as lower crude prices offset higher production.
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Moody’s: Refineries face flat demand, new competition

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Shale oil will continue to give U.S. refineries a cost advantage over their European peers, but a few big refinery expansions in Saudi Arabia could steal market share.
(Special to the Houston Chronicle/Brandon Wade)

Fracking ban divides Denton

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As Election Day nears in this small city 30 miles north of Dallas, a wary unease has settled over the early voting on a local referendum of national significance. If passed, the proposition would be the first to completely ban the petroleum extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing in one small corner of the great oil and gas boom state of Texas.