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From oilfield trash to fine art, painter customizes hard hats

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Scott Zimmerman is an artist like no other. He can custom airbrush paint anything from softball gloves to laptops. But his major specialty brings something very exceptional and eye-catching to the oilfields; customized hard hats. Zimmerman runs a full time custom paint and airbrush design shop called Zimmer DesignZ based out of Houston, Texas. ...

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Magellan filling oil storage tanks ahead of BridgeTex start up

By Kristen Hays (Reuters) – Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. started filling oil storage tanks at Colorado City, Texas, last weekend ahead of the start up of its 300,000 barrel per day BridgeTex Pipeline, according to Robb Barnes, senior vice president of commercial crude oil. “We will keep filling storage, and work our way to filling the pipeline by late in ...

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Court: BP must pay Clean Water Act fines for spill

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Janet McConnaughey | Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It ...

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Perry’s Texas legacy unraveling as he leaves

BY WILL WEISSERT, ASSOCIATED PRESS AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As he gears up for a possible second presidential run, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is crisscrossing the country extolling a business-first philosophy he says made his state’s economy white-hot — and can work for the rest of America too. But back home, members of Perry’s own party seem poised to dismantle key parts ...

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Seismic devices installed in eastern Ohio to monitor for quakes around injection wells


By Bob Downing for the Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) On New Year’s Eve 2011, a magnitude 4.0 earthquake rocked Akron and the rest of Northeast Ohio. That quake was traced to an injection well near Youngstown. Below ground was a rock fracture that’s getting lubricated by the pressurized salty drilling wastes injected deep underground for disposal. The Ohio Department of ...

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Giant swarm of bees attacks family in Beeville, TX

By John Deede, Shale Plays Media | Google+ A family living in Beeville, Texas came to understand the meaning of the town’s name on Friday, May 30. KiiiTV reports: Hundreds of bees went on attack Friday morning, terrorizing one Beeville family and sending a man to the hospital emergency room.The bee attack happening behind Cantu’s Welding on Business 181. A ...

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Texas gas plant operator dies in Martin County accident

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Corey Paul | The Odessa American (Odessa, Texas) Authorities on Tuesday were investigating the death of a 47-year-old gas plant operator killed in an industrial accident at a West Texas Gas Compressor Station on Sunday in Martin County. The worker was identified as Johnny Plasentillo of Midland, discovered collapsed beside a spewing natural gas line before 9 p.m. Sunday by an ...

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Texas attorney general plans to fight new EPA rule

Betsy Blaney | The Associated Press A federal mandate to slash carbon emissions nationwide could result in another lengthy legal battle in Texas after the front-runner to become the state’s next governor said Monday he will fight the effort. Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general and Republican nominee for governor, said requirements to cut emissions by 39 percent in Texas would ...

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Texas politicians cough at Obama anti-pollution changes

Stephen Green, The Huntsville Item, TX HUNTSVILLE — Texas politicians are among the usual cast of Republican characters who are outraged at new regulations announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The new regulations would require states to reduce their carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030. Texas in particular must cut their use by 39 percent. U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, ...

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Texas to be battleground state for the fight for coal

By John Deede, Shale Plays Media | Google+ As President Barack Obama and the EPA announced regulations Monday seeking to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, Texas could be hit hard by the new rules, considering the portion of it’s electricity is produced with coal. According to The Dallas Business Journal: Coal power produced 37 percent of ...

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