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Riverside Research to open $7M lab expansion

Riverside Research’s $7 million expansion of its center in Beavercreek includes a multi-disciplinary laboratory environment where researchers will work to advance state-of-the-art technologies for the U.S. government. Research areas will include space propulsion and communications; non-invasive brain injury assessment; electronic warfare methods; and multi-sensor surveillance and reconnaissance, company officials said. The centerpiece of the facility is a plasma chamber, which ...

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Commercial building slows in the Permian, but big projects continue

Commercial building this year dropped with oilfield activity, but a number of developers still move forward with major projects. To be sure, builders so far this year in Odessa have taken out about 600 fewer building permits than last year and projects through August represented a value about $77 million less than the same period of 2014, city figures show. ...

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U.S. oil drillers cut rigs for 5th week -Baker Hughes

Oct 2 (Reuters) – U.S. energy firms cut 26 oil rigs in the latest week, the biggest reduction since April and the fifth straight weekly decline, data showed on Friday, a sign low prices were pushing drillers away from the well pad. The cutback for the week ended Oct. 2 brought the total rig count down to 614, the least ...

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Shell, Total get first foreign gas stations in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell and France’s Total will be the first foreign companies to be allowed to operate gasoline stations inside Iran. The Press TV English-language channel quotes the head of Iran’s filling stations union, Bijan Haj Mohammadreza, as saying 100 new licenses have been issued to each company. Until now, ...

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Economists question Bush’s prescription for lower gas prices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The link between ending a 40-year oil export ban and lower prices at the gas pump is not as direct as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would have voters believe in his new energy proposal, industry economists said Tuesday. Still, Bush’s overall premise that lifting the ban would expand economic growth held up to independent ...

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Louisiana editorial highlights natural gas benefit for the state

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: Sept. 27 The price of oil is sharply down from last year, but if there’s one thing Louisiana has still got, it’s lots of natural gas at a historically low price level. That is of course good news for the metropolitan areas of the state, including big refineries in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles and ...

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Report: Spills from oil, gas production up in New Mexico

An oil pipeline rupture and the illegal spraying of dirt roads with wastewater from a natural gas operation were among more than 1,800 spills related to oil and gas production in New Mexico in fiscal year 2015, a sharp increase from the number of spills reported the previous year. Growth in the volume of the spills from FY 2014 far ...

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Woman to continue search for body of slain oil patch worker

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A woman who says she’s led more than 100 searches for the body of a North Dakota oil patch worker who was bludgeoned to death says she won’t stop looking now that another man has confessed to ordering his killing. James Henrikson, 36, on Friday pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington state to ordering the ...

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Fiorina plans to meet with energy producers in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Carly Fiorina is scheduled to meet with oil and natural gas producers in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association says the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will make a stop at the group’s headquarters on Tuesday for a town hall discussion with independent oil and natural gas producers. The event is by invitation only and is not ...

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Partnership pushes propane-fueled vehicles

Locals need not travel far to convert their gas-powered vehicles to propane. That’s thanks to a partnership between North Star Energy and Reuer’s Auto Service in Aberdeen, providing what they said is the first conversion service in the state. “We’re not getting rid of gasoline — the vehicle has to start on gas,” said Terry Heinz, general manager at North ...

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