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Toyota’s Plano move to bring 4,000 jobs from California, New York and Kentucky


By Steve Brown, The Dallas Morning News Toyota plans to start moving people to its new U.S. headquarters in Plano starting this summer. The headquarters relocation – confirmed Monday afternoon – will bring about 4,000 jobs from California, Kentucky and New York. The worldwide automaker said it will consolidate its three separate North American headquarters for manufacturing, sales and marketing, and corporate operations ...

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Boehner says country can be energy independent in 5 years


By Michael D. Pitman, The Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio MADISON TWP — Speaker of the House John Boehner told a group at the Middletown Rotary Club on Thursday that the United States could be energy independent in as early as five years. And Butler County’s two largest cities — Middletown and Hamilton — are at the forefront of what Boehner called an “energy ...

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Major oil & gas firm to list drilling chemicals


PITTSBURGH (AP) — A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a major shift; it’s unclear if other firms will follow suit. Environmental and health groups have criticized the industry ...

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Jury awards Texas family nearly $3 million in fracking case

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Jenny Deam, The Los Angeles Times A family says fracking and other drilling by Aruba Petroleum near their ranch created severe health problems. The civil jury verdict may be the first of its kind in a fracking case. In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big ...

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Midlanders’ wages rank No. 1 across West Texas

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Cale Ottens for Midland Reporter-Telegram, Texas Average annual wages in Midland top the entire West Texas region and fall short only to those in the Houston metropolitan area. Midlanders boast an average annual income of $49,040 — less than $800 lower than the average in Houston, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, published earlier ...

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TCEQ finds air emissions from oil, gas

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Corey Paul, The Odessa American, Texas State environmental regulators found that roughly one in 20 tanks used in the oil and gas industry in and around Ector County emitted volatile organic compounds, according to recent data released by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The findings stemmed from a flyover of West Texas counties last summer by a helicopter equipped ...

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Health needs unmet in some Eagle Ford Shale areas

Peggy O’Hare, The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — While the Eagle Ford Shale has delivered a bounty of jobs to South Texas, the area’s population remains poorer than average and many people lack health insurance, according to a new study funded by Methodist Healthcare Ministries. At the same time, traffic accidents in the busiest production areas have increased, and it has ...

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Eagle Ford touted as ‘greatest energy success story’

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by Jennifer Hiller, The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — The Eagle Ford Shale has the greatest potential of all U.S. shale fields — and could help Texas become the world’s second-largest producer of oil, behind Saudi Arabia, according to one of Tuesday’s speakers at the Eagle Ford Consortium conference here. The state’s production, driven mainly by the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas ...

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Victoria Commissioners hesitate to support proposed increased transparency on injection wells

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The process for applying for, protesting and approving injection well permits could see changes at the hands of concerned Victoria County residents. Lisa Campbell, a Victoria public health nurse and associate professor at Texas Tech University, polled Victoria County Commissioners on Monday about three changes she said will increase transparency and improve public participation when it comes to disposing saltwater ...

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Investigators crack down on environmental fraud

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by Asher Price, The Austin American-Statesman On a sweltering late August day in 2011, Julius Mosonyi was a no-show at the Travis County courthouse for a felony hearing in his environmental fraud case. A court official was dispatched to the courthouse door to call out his name. No answer. Mosonyi, who wears a waxed handle-bar moustache, is now a 65-year-old fugitive, having ...

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