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David Green, software architect, is shown at Baker Hughes, 11211 FM 2920 Road, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Tomball. ( Melissa Phillip  / Houston Chronicle )

Service companies see re-fracking as new opportunity

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Re-fracking can be up to two-thirds cheaper than drilling a new well, which is an alluring possibility for cash-strapped U.S. producers who are straining to keep operational costs down and drilling operations intact.
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Occidental saving money, pumping it back into Permian Basin

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Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s profits fell 85 percent in the second quarter as lower oil prices offset its surge in crude production from the Permian Basin in West Texas and elsewhere.
(Photo by Eddie Seal for Bloomberg News)

Analysts: Eagle Ford drilling will get a lot cheaper by mid-2016

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The oil slump hasn’t stopped producers in the South Texas play from getting better at targeting oil-rich rock in lateral sections of their horizontal wells.
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Oil workers in West Texas and New Mexico were underpaid millions, Labor Department says

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Among the problems found, employers were failing to include bonus payments when calculating overtime rates, weren’t paying for time spent working off-the-clock and paying flat rates despite the hours worked by employees.
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3 workers killed in West Texas oil field rig explosion

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The well is owned by Parsley Energy of Midland. Company spokeswoman Lisa Elliott says the workers who died were employed by Mason Well Service Ltd. of Odessa, an independent contractor.
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Halliburton exec: “Boom town” costs falling amid oil slump

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The service costs associated with housing and feeding employees in remote locations like the Permian Basin in West Texas and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota typically skyrocket in boom times, Halliburton President Jeff Miller said.
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These 19 counties generate the most oil and gas taxes for Texas

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Which parts of the state are generating the most in oil and gas taxes?
Former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon (Gary Fountain/Houston Chronicle)

McClendon venture raises $500 million for mineral rights

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McClendon doesn’t appear to be slowing down his new venture even as oil prices have sunk below $75 a barrel.
Aubrey McClendon, owner of American Energy Partners (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

McClendon’s West Texas venture plans Wall Street debut

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Wildcatter Aubrey McClendon’s oil and gas startup in West Texas may be the latest venture in the Permian Basin to beckon for Wall Street investors, sitting astride one of the most lucrative U.S. shale plays.
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ONEOK buys Chevron NGL pipelines for $800 million

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The deal gives the company 2,600 miles of natural gas liquid gathering pipelines from southeast New Mexico to Mont Belvieu.