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Railroad Commission is accused of pay-for-play politics

Texas Railroad Commission, Sitton

The Houston Chronicle reported today that Texas Railroad Commission candidate Wayne Christian has collected nearly $300,000 in political contributions this year, with almost $190,000 from oil and gas interests. Among the top contributors are Exxon Mobil PAC, Jeffrey Hildebrand (CEO, Hilcorp Energy), and Pioneer Natural Resources. His opponents in the race include Libertarian Mark Miller, Green Party candidate Martina Salinas ...

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4 companies plead guilty to federal clean air violations

clean air violations Texas

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Four companies have pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a total of $3.5 million for criminal clean air violations at two Southeast Texas oil and chemical processing facilities. Papers filed in federal court Wednesday in Beaumont show KTX Limited and KTX Properties Inc. pleaded guilty to negligently releasing hazardous air pollutants in a tank explosion at ...

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Dallas Fed: Oil and Gas Activity Rises in Third Quarter

Dallas Fed, oil and gas activity

Surveys and reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are now available for the third quarter. The business activity index – the survey’s broadest measure of conditions facing Eleventh District energy firms – was up from 13.8 in the second quarter to 26.7. While the survey still shows weakness in both industry employment and production, it does show some ...

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Marine firm to pay almost $5M, improve practices after spill

Houston ship channel, Kirby Island Marine, oil spill

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston marine services firm has agreed to pay $4.9 million in civil penalties to settle federal claims resulting from a March 2014 collision between its tugboat and a ship that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel. A Justice Department statement says Kirby Inland Marine also pledged to make operational improvements throughout ...

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Groups rekindle battle over lesser prairie chicken

lesser prairie chicken,

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fight over a grouse found in pockets across the Great Plains is far from over as industry and state officials worried Tuesday that relisting the lesser prairie chicken as a federally protected species could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs for oil and gas developers, renewable energy companies and farmers. The lesser ...

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AAA: Texas, nationwide retail gasoline prices up this week

gas prices, AAA, highway

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices across Texas are up 3 cents this week to reach an average $2.04 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump nationwide rose 2 cents this week, to reach $2.22 per gallon. Corpus Christi has the cheapest gasoline statewide at an average $1.95 per gallon. The association survey ...

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More than 450,000 gallons of bad gas delivered across metro

ethanol, gasoline

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State regulators say more than 450,000 gallons of gasoline containing three times the acceptable level of ethanol was delivered to retailers across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area over the last week. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported Tuesday that they were notified by Magellan Midstream Partners that the problem resulted from an equipment failure at its Oklahoma ...

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FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers

Zika virus, blood donation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government told all U.S. blood banks Friday to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation’s blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus. Previously, blood testing was mostly limited to parts of Florida and Puerto Rico, where Zika is spreading. Screening will initially extend to states along the Gulf Coast and a few ...

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The Latest: Dismal oil tract sale results due to low prices

oil lease sale, Louisiana, offshore drilling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on federal oil lease sale (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A federal official says low oil prices are the reason few companies were interested in bidding in the latest oil lease sale for the Gulf of Mexico. The regional director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Michael Celata (sel-AH-tuh), says the $18 million ...

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