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Oil field alliance working to develop safety standards

BISMARCK, N.D. — State and federal agencies are working with members of the oil and gas industry to develop safety standards to better protect oil patch workers who are exposed to dangerous gases while in the field. The state of North Dakota, officials in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and MonDaks Safety Network formed an alliance recently to improve ...

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Chamber to focus on jobs, membership

SAN ANGELO, Texas — As new leadership settles in at the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, the organization stands poised to navigate any direction economic winds may blow. “The big question hanging over the minds of most people is what will be the price of West Texas Intermediate crude,” said Phil Neighbors, chamber president. The oil economy has made a ...

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ADP reports 212,000 new U.S. jobs in February

Payroll processor ADP reported 212,000 new U.S. nonfarm private sector jobs in February. While small, midsized and large businesses all reported growth, indicating strong hiring should boost the economy this coming year, small businesses led the pack. February was the 13th straight month in which U.S. businesses added more than 200,000 new jobs, although the 212,000 figure was down slightly ...

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Nabors cuts nearly 3,500 jobs, more cuts could be on the way

On and offshore drilling giant Nabors Industries announced Tuesday the company has cut 12 percent of its workforce as a result of rig losses due to lower oil prices, FuelFix reported. The 12 percent loss in workforce accounts for approximately 3,500 jobs. The company employs about 29,000 people. Of the 12 percent cut, 10 percent include cuts to its sales ...

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LSU’s business school to boost energy industry education

Louisiana State University’s E.J. Ourso College of Business is adding a new program, and it’s perfect for the state’s essential role in America’s quest for energy independence. The business school’s dean, Richard White, is working to add an energy studies minor as well as a Master of Business Administration specializing in the energy industry, according to The Daily Reveille, the ...

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Columbia Pipeline is coming to New Albany, with jobs

Columbia Pipeline Group, a pending NiSource Inc. spinoff, has signed a 10-year lease in New Albany, and its’ bringing 60 jobs with it. Columbia signed the lease with developer Daimler Group Inc. and its partners for a 43,000-sqaure-foot office property titled Water’s Edge III.  The office property is located in New Albany International Business Park.  The new office will be ...

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Making safety stick

As an employer you’ve just sent several employees through a day and a half of safety training.  Upon their return you place a copy of their training certificate in their training file.  No more worries about these employees.  You can expect them to use their new knowledge to remain injury-free indefinitely, right? Even though the employees are now armed with ...

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Report: Oil-by-rail continues sharp rise, could soar in state

Proposed oil-by-rail facilities and refinery expansions in Washington would be enough to bring nearly 20 oil trains rolling into the state every day by 2020, according to a report by the state Department of Ecology. That’s far more than the two to three trains daily that pass through many counties, including Clark County, now. In response to a federal order, ...

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Tensions flare as picket lines crossed in U.S. refinery strike

HOUSTON – Personal friendships are turning sour as some workers cross picket lines in the lingering U.S. refinery strike, with companies pushing laborers to return to work by saying they could lose their bonuses. A month into the biggest U.S. refinery walkout in 35 years, money is tight as strike pay from the United Steelworkers union is a fraction of ...

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Shale drilling boom a bust for some Western Pennsylvania towns

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John Mollenauer has viewed the prosperity raining on western Washington County from the Marcellus shale boom with all the longing of a kid staring through a candy store window. He’s watched the demand for new homes soar in Cecil and North Strabane. He’s seen high-end restaurants, hotels and retail outlets spring up to meet the needs of a burgeoning population ...

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