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Top Eagle Ford news stories: April 8-15

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A variety of headlines hit the site this week. Trade, tragedies, theft and more. Take a look at the top Eagle Ford news stories from the past week. 5.) Stricter offshore drilling rules issued, upsetting industry NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Obama administration issued new rules Thursday to make oil and natural gas offshore drilling equipment safer and to reduce ...

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New Mexico oil field regulators present spill allegations

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil field regulators are providing evidence that a Texas-based driller spilled oily salt water repeatedly at waste-water injections sites without properly reporting it, and ignored initial warnings to stop. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division on Thursday provided testimony, photographs and a video at public hearing to back up allegations that Siana Operating ...

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Montana still analyzing coal mine after sponsor shelves it

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials will keep studying the potential effects of a major coal mine near the Wyoming border, despite a bankruptcy filing by its sponsor Arch Coal and its suspension of the project that could produce 20 million tons of coal a year, a state official said Thursday. Regulators want to determine to what extent streambeds need ...

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Senate decides to rework flow of oil spill recovery money

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State senators voted Wednesday to rewrite plans for spending Gulf oil spill recovery money tied to Louisiana’s economic damages from the disaster, seeking to erase earmarks that would sock the money into state savings accounts. Under a law passed two years ago, most of the money will be steered to the state’s “rainy day” fund ...

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Romania discusses Black Sea drilling with Russia’s Lukoil

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s energy minister has discussed a Russian-U.S.-Romanian drilling project in the Black Sea where more than 30 billion cubic meters (1,060 billion cubic feet) of natural gas have been discovered. The office of Energy Minister Victor Grigorescu said Thursday that he met this week with Vladimir Nekrasov, a senior official with Russia’s Lukoil, to discuss the ...

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Delta Air Lines’ 1Q profit rises 27 percent to $946 million

Delta Air Lines' 1Q profit rises 27 percent to $946 million

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper jet fuel continues to give airlines a lift, helping Delta boost its first-quarter earnings by 27 percent to $946 million. The airline spent one-third less on fuel than it did a year earlier, a savings of more than $700 million. That offset higher spending on labor, especially profit sharing for employees. The news was not entirely ...

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Sanford gets BNSF grant for oil field health care program

Sanford O.P.C. mobileMED will provide health care services directly in the oil fields for oil-producing companies (O.P.C.) and their employees. (Images courtesy Sanford Health via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health has received a $10,000 grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation to support an effort to provide health care services directly in the western North Dakota oil fields. Sanford has two MobileMED units in the oil patch. One is in Watford City and the other sees patients in Underwood and Stanton. Sanford says the BNSF ...

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Top Marcellus news stories: April 8-15

Top Marcellus news stories: April 8-15

Review the top Marcellus news stories from the past week. During a swing through New York, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he wants to eliminate fracking, and tragedy struck the oil industry as two workers were killed while repairing a Texas pipeline. 5.) Chevron announces more Houston job cuts Chevron plans to cut 655 Houston jobs as part of a ...

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