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Floor hands David Vannapha, left, Mario Ramos, center, and Jose Garza make a pipe connection on the drill string on the Orion Perseus drilling rig near Encinal in Webb County, Texas, U.S., on Monday, March 26, 2012. The Perseus is drilling for oil and gas in the Eagle Ford Shale, a sedimentary rock formation underlying an area of South and East Texas. Photographer: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** David Vannapha; Mario Ramos; Jose Garza

Texas and North Dakota grew at a torrid pace in 2014 — before crude busted

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The Texas economy grew the second most among the states last year after it saw its gross domestic product increase 5.2 percent, making it one of the only states to outpace the U.S. economy overall.
A map of Texas showing the state s transmission lines is a focal point in the control room of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates most of the state's power grid. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

ERCOT expects Texas electric grid to hold up strong in fall, winter

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ERCOT’s seasonal assessments and early outlooks for October through February predict Texas’ grid reserves will maintain at least 3,500 megawatts of reserve power even in the most extreme peak demand and power station outage scenarios.
Laboratory analyst, Syed Ali, takes some measurements in a lab in the research and development building, at the Baker Hughes facility. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Many Texas manufacturers see conditions worsening amid cheap crude

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Many respondents were still wary over whether manufacturing in the state could recover amid the low crude prices hammering companies catering to the oil and gas industry.
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In Eagle Ford, local officials win rights on road control

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In a bitterly contested case of neighbor against neighbor over access to the spoils of the Eagle Ford Shale, a court ruling has strengthened the hand of county officials seeking to maintain control of local roads.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

EIA revises US oil production estimates lower; June output sank

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The federal government believes daily U.S. crude production fell to 9.3 million barrels in June, down by 100,000 barrels in the prior month, as low oil prices continue to discourage drilling.
(AP Photo/Williston Herald, Jerry Burnes, File)

Texas adds 35,800 jobs in July, but oil and gas employment still muddled in crude crash

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The Fed said that Texas gained 35,800 jobs broadly across the economy, and raised its state employement forecast up a fraction to 1.3 percent. That put total forecasted job growth in the state to 154,200 jobs this year.
(Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Texas gasoline prices drop as Midwest sees a price spike

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Average retail gasoline prices in Houston fell 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.38 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,559 gas outlets in Houston.
(Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

Retail gasoline prices down a nickel across Texas

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AAA Texas on Thursday reported the nationwide price at the pump held steady at $2.62 per gallon.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Electric deregulation is saving Texas money, but it took a decade for consumers to reap the benefits

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While Texas residents first began saving in 2012 compared with the national average, the typical Texas household paid $4,800 more than Texans living outside the competitive electricity market since deregulation took effect, according to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.
(Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

Gasoline prices down a nickel across Texas

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In the Texas metro areas, drivers in Texarkana are paying the least at $2.32 per gallon while motorists in El Paso are paying the most, $2.63 per gallon.