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Nonprofit groups help residents keep the heat on

It might not get cold often in Texas, but when it does, Rose Carreon feels it. Carreon, who lives in a single-wide trailer, is judicious about her heating costs. She only heats the room she’s in at any time and will shut off her hot water heater if she’s not using it. Still, Carreon said, she paid $150 last month ...

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Radiation scans being offered for free


CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center is offering free lung and whole body counting services, or radiation scans, to residents who live within a 100-mile radius of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant The scans are part of a research project titled “Lie Down and Be Counted.” Since 1997, the program has been working to establish a baseline ...

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Rig count drops in the Permian

The Permian Basin’s rig count dropped by 20 to 548 last week, according to Baker Hughes weekly rig count.  District 8, which includes Midland County, is down 19 rigs to 316. Statewide the Texas rig count was down 24 rigs as of last week, bringing the total to 872. In Texas’ Eagle Ford shale the rig count dropped by two, ...

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Approved plant in Corpus Christi will create new jobs for local economy

Last Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a final approval for construction to begin on a new condensate splitter plant Corpus Christi, Texas. The EPA issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to Magellan Processing, L.P. The company plans to build the new plant at the company’s existing terminal in Nueces County. ...

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Summit: Redesign saved a couple hundred million

Summit Power Group say cost-cutting efforts for a clean-coal plant should be able to save hundreds of millions of dollars of the long-delayed project. The officials, in a closed-door meeting with city officials this week, said plummeting oil prices in the Permian Basin could relieve the labor market enough to reduce what had been prohibitive costs. Julio Friedman, the deputy ...

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Early slowdown signs emerge for US oil states after crude slide


Dec 15 (Reuters) – After leading the U.S. economic recovery out of recession, some of the nation’s top oil states are showing early signs of a slowdown as a result of the plunge in crude prices. In Houston, Texas, the first oil industry layoffs have been announced, with realtors there predicting a sharp decline, up to 12 percent, in home ...

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US rig count down 27 to 1,893


HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 27 this week to 1,893. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report 1,546 rigs were exploring for oil and 346 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,782 ...

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More than $1.7B meant for Texas highway projects

AUSTIN, Texas — More than $1.7 billion will be available for Texas highway projects after voters last month approved a constitutional amendment allowing more money for roads. The Texas Department of Transportation hasn’t identified specific projects that would be financed but instead offered guidelines. The Austin American-Statesman reports a legislative panel Thursday decided that the state Rainy Day fund’s minimum ...

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West Texas Energy Consortium snags outreach award

ABILENE, Texas — The West Texas Energy Consortium recently received the Industry Sector Outreach Award from the Texas Workforce Commission at the Annual State Conference in Grapevine. The award, which honors significant workforce efforts in targeted occupations and positive effects for employers, includes a $30,000 endowment and recognizes the success experienced in a single year with the consortium’s “exceptional, integrated ...

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Texas has most hazardous chemical plants in country


FORT WORTH, Texas — A congressional report shows Texas has the largest number of plants in the nation that use the most hazardous chemicals. U.S. Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts released the report Thursday at a hearing on chemical safety and security, adding that facilities nationwide “remain vulnerable” following the deadly 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in the Texas town of ...

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