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Republican presidential hopeful Bush sets domestic energy as priority

Lifting government restrictions on oil and natural gas exports, and building the Keystone XL pipeline are essential to domestic production and affordable consumer energy prices, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told the Tribune-Review. Bush on Tuesday is scheduled to lay out his energy policy during a visit to the Cecil offices of Rice Energy, which produces natural gas in the ...

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Texas factory production holds steady in September

Manufacturing activity in Texas held steady in September as the sharp drawback in new factory orders eased, but the depressed energy market and the strong U.S. dollar continued to curb demand, according to a report Monday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The state production index, a key measure of factory output, ticked up to a reading of 0.9 ...

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Meth use, distribution spikes

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EDITOR’S NOTE — The Odessa American used pseudonyms for the woman in West Odessa and the undercover narcotics officer for their safety. Amy said she’s had bicycles, an air compressor, a table saw, a shop vac and a number of other items stolen from her West Odessa home, thievery she suspects ultimately funds neighbors’ drug habits. She said she knows ...

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Heitkamp, Donnelly promote bill to fix water rule

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota met with Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana in Bismarck on Saturday to talk about their bill requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to revise a rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways. Heitkamp says their bill would send the rule back to the EPA to redo, ...

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APNewsBreak: US drilling states guided on handling quakes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts issued guidance Monday in a frank new report on handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal of fracking wastewater. The 150-page report, produced by the StatesFirst initiative, represents perhaps the most candid discussion on the topic since tremors across the mid-continent — ...

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Shell pulls the plug on Arctic exploration

LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its Arctic search for oil after failing to find enough crude in a move that will appease environmental campaigners and shareholders who said its project was too expensive and risky. The withdrawal came six weeks after the final U.S. clearance and three months after Shell was still defending the project, ...

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No need for OPEC, non-OPEC producers summit: Kuwait

KUWAIT (Reuters) – A summit of OPEC and non-OPEC, as suggested by Venezuela, would be pointless as independent producers are not committed to cutting output, Kuwait’s oil minister said on Monday. “The problem is that there is no commitment from the countries outside OPEC on what they would offer for the stability of prices,” Ali al-Omair said. “Their request from ...

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Watford City man sentenced to 6 years in prison in meth case

BISMARCK, N.D.  — A North Dakota man has been sentenced to six months in prison for dealing methamphetamine. Anthony Salas, of Watford City, pleaded guilty in February to a federal charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver meth. Authorities say Salas and another man distributed more than 50 grams of meth in 2013. The case originated in Nevada. ...

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South Dakota regulators holding hearing on pipeline project


PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota regulators are deciding whether to approve construction of a proposed $3.8 billion pipeline that would move oil from western North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch. South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday is beginning a two-week hearing on whether to permit the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would move at least 450,000 barrels of North Dakota crude ...

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Halliburton, Baker Hughes plan more divestitures for deal approval

Sept 28 – Oil services provider Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc will sell additional businesses in connection with Halliburton’s pending acquisition of its smaller rival, the companies said in a joint statement. Halliburton’s proposed acquisition of Baker Hughes ran into regulatory hurdles with the U.S. antitrust enforcers who believe the $35 billion merger will lead to higher prices and ...

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