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US rig count declines by 14 this week to 795

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by 14 to 795. It was the sixth consecutive week of declines. Houston’s Baker Hughes said Friday that 605 rigs were seeking oil and 189 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. ...

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Texas county sues Volkswagen over diesel-emissions scandal

Sept 30 (Reuters) – A Texas county sued Volkswagen AG in state court on Wednesday, accusing the German carmaker of violating state environmental laws by installing software on some of its diesel vehicles to circumvent emissions tests. The lawsuit filed by Harris County, which includes Houston, seeks up to $25,000 per violation per day. Volkswagen faces a slew of lawsuits ...

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Weekly US oil and natural gas rig count falls by 6 to 842

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by six to 842. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 644 rigs were seeking oil and 198 explored for natural gas. A year ago, with oil prices about double the prices now, 1,931 rigs ...

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Palmetto Pipeline hearing set

The legal fight over the stalled Palmetto Pipeline is moving forward. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams has approved a scheduling order that outlines deadlines leading up to a hearing on Nov. 13 or “as soon as practicable thereafter.” The order was filed Friday. Houston-based Kinder Morgan is proposing to build the $1 billion Palmetto Pipeline along ...

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Philly fracking company doubles in Houston

The Philadelphia-based fracking company Preferred Sands LLC has expanded its footprint and staff by nearly double at its Houston, Texas, location. In 2013, the company, which focuses on proppant and flow technology for fracking wells, opened a 6,000-square-foot lab in Houston, which currently has nine employees.  The huge lab was designed for the company to test new well technologies that ...

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Inspectorate opens Basin facility

A new oil and gas service facility opened in the Midland-Odessa area earlier this week. Inspectorate, a multinational inspection, sampling and testing services group, announced Tuesday that it will now provide services to the Permian Basin including sampling and gauging, terminal inventories, key point crude testing and water-draws. Inspectorate’s team is also trained and equipped to package and ship samples ...

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Houston-based Apache Corp. to close regional office in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Houston-based oil and gas producer Apache Corp. will close its regional office in Tulsa as part of a company-wide restructuring. The Tulsa World reports the company announced its plans Monday to close the office that employs 160 people. Apache spokeswoman Castlen Kennedy said the company will try to offer as many jobs as possible to the ...

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Texas oil patches brace for more rains, possible floods

HOUSTON – Texas oilfields could see strong rains and thunderstorms later this week, though they were spared the heaviest flooding that struck central and eastern Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. There were reports of flooded roads in parts of the Permian Basin of west Texas and swollen creeks in the Eagle Ford ...

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Oklahoma oil firms drilling but waiting to complete wells

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma energy companies are still drilling in spite of low oil prices, but they are putting off costly practices such as hydraulic fracturing until prices recover. Drilled uncompleted wells are a new trend in the oil patch, led both by lower oil prices and the drastic technological and procedural changes the industry has experienced over the ...

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