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Halliburton exec: “Boom town” costs falling amid oil slump

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.  More »
Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

Texas producers paid record amont of state and local taxes last year

The figures come at a time when the energy sector is dramatically slowing its activity in Texas amid falling oil prices, prompting some concern about whether public entities that have grown accustomed to oil money could feel the pinch as production slows.  More »
United Steel Workers Local 13-227 members, employed by LyondellBasell Industries Houston, hold a strike claiming unfair labor practices at the oil refinery plant Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

Union is striking for safety, Steelworkers’ international head says

Improving health and safety at the nation’s refineries is the reason the United Steelworkers union is on strike, said Leo W. Gerard, international president of the union that has walked out of 15 refineries and chemical plants since launching its strike Feb. 1.  More »
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Oil slump threatens easy life of affluent Norwegians

After a decade of an oil-and-gas boom, plunging energy prices are shaking Norwegians out of a Utopian reverie that guaranteed workers lengthy summer vacations, generous health and social benefits, and allowed them to leave work at 4 p.m. and even earlier on Fridays.  More »
'Bomb Train' Terminal Suits Seen Slowing U.S. Oil Independence

Alternate routes proposed for Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia

Dominion Resources spokesman Jim Norvelle tells media outlets that one alternate route would cross about 10 fewer bodies of water in Augusta and Nelson counties than the current proposed route.  More »
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Enterprise Products, Anadarko, Markwest and DCP announce joint venture for NGL pipeline

Under the terms announced, Enterprise will continue to own 55 percent of the line that connects to its processing and storage hub in Mont Belvieu, Texas.  More »
Traffic is jammed in both directions on Interstate 405 near Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)

Agency to vote on reducing California gas tax by 7.5 cents

The agency’s staff is recommending reducing the excise tax rate from 18 cents to 10.5 cents.  More »
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Colorado oil, gas debate resumes as task force finishes up

The 21-member task force has been wrestling with how much power local governments should have to regulate drilling.  More »
Tenaris Conroe facility employee David Duroy stops operation as he and other employees do a quality check on a line of pipe Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in Conroe. (Nick de la Torre/Chronicle)

Tenaris to lay off 230 in Conroe

The company attributed the move to falling oil prices that have resulted in less drilling activity.  More »
President Barack Obama arrives at TransCanada's pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., in 2012. The southern leg of Keystone XL did not require State Department approval. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Report: Most Keystone crude will stay in U.S.

President Barack Obama has questioned the merits of the pipeline, suggesting last year that the crude carried through it would go “everywhere else” but the U.S.  More »
(AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

Virginia fines CSX $361,000 for Lynchburg derailment in 2014

The April 30 derailment saw 17 tankers derail, with three going into the James. The state Department of Environmental Quality said one tanker breached, with 98 percent of the oil consumed by fire.  More »
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Blackstone to pour $9 billion into struggling energy industry

The world’s largest private equity shop is gearing up to pour billions into a deflated petroleum industry that, with the collapse of crude prices, has lost $1.6 trillion annually to invest in new oil.  More »
(AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press,File)

Canada: Oil train accident shows new safety rules inadequate

The Transportation Safety Board said Monday the Class 111 tank cars involved in the Feb. 14 CN train derailment met the upgraded standards for new tank cars carrying crude and other flammable liquids.  More »
Arthur Perales III works on a gear reducer at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Texas manufacturing sluggish as energy sector slows down

Manufacturing activity in Texas was flat for the second consecutive month in February, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas revealed in its latest survey on the sector.  More »
Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

Texas oil tool companies cutting more than 1,100 jobs

Oil field service company Archer Ltd. says it’s cutting roughly 1,000 jobs, or 11 percent of its workforce, as it faces a sharp slowdown in drilling activity in the United States and the North Sea.  More »
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