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MISD wants Petroleum Academy position filled ASAP


If Midland ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren gets his way, the district will fill its Petroleum Academy staff position before winter break begins on Dec. 19. MISD hopes to begin offering the academy’s introductory course — principles of oil and gas — at the freshman schools this spring, but that is contingent on hiring the right teacher. The district is seeking ...

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Developers propose downtown hotel for local Midlanders

hotel sign

A boutique hotel is planned for the center of downtown — adorned with references to Midland’s history — and will be developed by people with Midland roots. Hotel Santa Rita No. 1 is a 17-floor development with accompanying building projected to cost about $90 million to $105 million. The hotel also features residential, retail and ballroom space, a workout center, ...

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CO2 Conference plans 20th annual session

More than 30 years ago, operators were seeking a new oil recovery method more effective than the waterflooding that was bringing additional crude to the surface. Operators turned to carbon dioxide (CO2) as a tertiary recovery method and now an additional 190,000 barrels a day comes from enhanced oil recovery projects. But today’s rapid technological advances are impacting enhanced oil ...

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Midland unemployment hovers near record lows

Crude prices may have fallen to around $77 a barrel, but the momentum of the Permian Basin’s oil and gas industry continues to flow through local labor markets. The Midland metropolitan statistical area had an unemployment rate of 2.5 percent in October, down from 2.6 percent in September, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. Odessa followed ...

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Pioneer CEO says company here to stay

Pioneer Natural Resources CEO Scott Sheffield cut the ceremonial ribbon with Modesta Williams on Wednesday, completing a three-year project to bring Pioneer into its custom-built regional headquarters in Midland. The $76 million project was built in 15 months. During that time, West Texas Intermediate sweet crude oil peaked at $106 a barrel in June and now rests around $74 a ...

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MOTOR focuses on Interstate 20 in 25-year plan

construction signs

The MOTOR board on Monday approved a 25-year plan that identifies Interstate 20 as a corridor in need of funding for improvements. Some of the projects in need of state and federal funding include a $11.8 million reconstruction of the Interstate 20 and West Loop 250 interchange, a $25.5 million reconstruction of the I-20 and Lamesa Road interchange, and a ...

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Drinking toilet water isn’t that weird, right?

Toilet flushing

While water supplies are scarce and aren’t cheap to find in West Texas, many have switched to the toilet-to-faucet technique. The Big Spring Raw Water Production Facility stepped outside the box and has found a way to bring drinking water to five cities, which include Odessa, Midland, Big Spring, Stanton, and Snyder. The toilet-to-tap concept was first thought of in 2002 ...

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Permian gets 533 miles of pipeline

Oil Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners, both based in Dallas, Texas, are teaming up and building a 533 mile long natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline. The two companies formed a joint venture called Lone Star NGL to create the pipeline, which will go from the Permian Basin to Mount Belvieu.  The project also includes the transformation of a 12-inch ...

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Pioneer prepares to celebrate new Permian Basin headquarters

Construction crews have moved on to the next project. Employees are unpacking boxes and settling into their new offices even as painters and landscaping crews are putting the final touches on Pioneer Natural Resources’ new Permian Basin headquarters. A grand opening celebration for the new building at 3617 N. Big Spring is set for Nov. 19. A ribbon cutting ceremony ...

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