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OPEC agrees to cut production, US producers prepare to respond

OPEC headquarters

Have you been watching the price of oil? As this story is being written, WTI Crude sits at $51.37, up 31 cents. Yesterday, according to Reuters, Brent crude was at its highest in 16 months. Why the jump? Because the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to its first oil output reduction since 2008. Members pledged to remove 1.2 million barrels ...

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Giving back to the community builds a strong corporate bond

LTR

It is truly rare when you find a company that is more interested in helping others than helping itself.  It takes a leader who believes in paying it forward, and knowing that having a corporate reputation as a company that gives back to the community will pay off in so much more than money. That’s been the case at Light ...

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Trump election shows promise for oil and gas industry

harold hamm endorses donald trump

The U.S. oil and gas industry shows tentative hope that a new Trump administration will “re-ignite growth in the sector,” according to a Forbes article Friday. Frank Murphy, managing director of RW Baird, said: The 45th president will likely remove regulatory impediments imposed by the Obama administration that have stymied oil and gas drilling and infrastructure buildout. Forbes reported Murphy ...

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Veterans Day 2016 – a short look back

soldier, kids, veterans day

There’s no school. The post office shuts down. Even the federal reserve takes a holiday on November 11th. Why? It’s a “holiday” to honor all service men and women: Veterans Day.   Many forget why the holiday exists. There are few WWI veterans who are still with us. The war that introduced trench warfare and was considered one of the ...

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Hamm joins Trump’s short list of cabinet prospects

trump, hamm, cabinet

As the dust settles from this year’s presidential election, conversation has already turned to Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet. Big names like Rudy Guiliani, former New York City Mayor, and other “like-minded CEOs,” top the list for positions in Trump’s cabinet. What does this mean for the oil and gas industry? One of the industry’s most prominent businessmen could hold a ...

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Industry closely watches Monterey County fracking ban measure

Monterey oil field, fracking ban.

Fracking bans. It’s not the first time these words have reverberated across the oil and gas industry. It’s two tiny words that could mean that men and women are out of jobs, and oil and gas stays in the ground, since many reserves just can’t be reached through conventional drilling. In the United States, Vermont banned fracking in 2012, the ...

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Spray foam insulation can prevent winter woes

spray foam insulation

It’s getting colder, and you’re probably thinking about the effect of cold, wintry weather on your snug, warm home. How can you keep those heat bills down? And is there a solution actually works? You might be surprised to find out that preventing heat and energy loss in your home is one of the main benefits of adding spray polyurethane ...

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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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Customer Service is More Than Just Being Nice; If Done Right, It Can Save Your Customers Big Bucks

Light Tower Rentals, customer service

By Jeff Miller At LTR, our core values are Safety, Customer Service, Integrity, Teamwork, and Accountability.  Safety is the focus of every job at Light Tower Rentals (LTR).  It starts at the office, continues at the jobsite, and really never finishes.  Safety is priority one, because if you don’t have a safe work environment, you won’t have customers.  Without customers, ...

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Texas parks department lied about Balmorhea springs?

Balmorhea

FuelFix reported today that Texas state park officials did not actually conduct any research that analyzes impacts of oil drilling in West Texas’s Balmorhea State Park. With the controversy over drilling on federal lands one of the past year’s most debated oil and gas topics, it seems like a risky oversight on the part of park officials. Three weeks ago, ...

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