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Fire out at Texas natural gas processing plant, cause sought

Fire out at Texas natural gas processing plant, cause sought

ORLA, Texas — A fire that burned for days at a West Texas natural gas processing plant is out as investigators try to determine what sparked the blaze. An Anadarko (an-uh-DAR’-koh) Petroleum Corporation official had no timeline Tuesday on when the Ramsey unit near Orla will reopen. Two people were slightly hurt when fire broke out last Thursday at the ...

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Cheaper oil buoys consumers, hammers producers

DALLAS — Oil prices have been lower for longer than expected. Now, with OPEC’s decision to keep pumping at current levels, analysts expect oil to remain relatively cheap well into 2016 and maybe longer. That, of course, is good news for consumers and fuel-guzzling industries like airlines, but oil producers are being squeezed and thousands of workers in the oil ...

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Gas prices fall 3 cents to $2.11 per gallon in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Gas prices have fallen on average three cents in Rhode Island from last week. AAA Northeast says its weekly survey released on Monday that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded has fallen to $2.11 per gallon. That’s 8 cents more than the national average of $2.03 per gallon. This time last year the price ...

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Pipeline operator won’t be penalized for explosion

Energy Transfer Company will not be fined for a pipeline explosion that occurred in DeWitt County in June. A 46-page report from the Railroad Commission of Texas attributes the cause of the pipeline rupture to a bending overload that placed the bottom of the 42-inch pipeline under pressure, causing a fracture along the weld. No violations were identified by the ...

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Effect of climate deal on Texas is up in the air

WASHINGTON — All eyes are on Paris this week as the United Nations climate summit finalizes worldwide targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is expected by the conclusion of the two-week summit on Friday, and it is already having a special resonance in Texas, the nation’s largest energy producer. President Barack Obama laid out the U.S. position in a ...

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Decline in gas drilling softens boom for Western Pa. businesses

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John Bruno dresses the industry that revitalized his Waynesburg business district. Mickey’s Men’s Store, which Bruno’s father opened in 1967 on High Street, sells the Carhartt attire, Carolina work boots and flame-retardant clothing that serve as standard wardrobe for the shale gas workers who changed the face of Greene and Washington counties during the past decade. Those workers have kept ...

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Virginia groups want stronger safeguards on fracking

RICHMOND, Va. — Environmental and public interest groups are urging officials to halt any new fracking efforts in Virginia until they complete a thorough review of the state’s standards. The groups say Virginia’s current safeguards on fracking are inadequate and outdated. They’re urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to conduct a comprehensive review before approving any new permits for oil and gas ...

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OPEC decision to keep output high pulls oil prices close to 2015 lows

SINGAPORE – Crude prices fell on Monday in the first trading session after OPEC-members failed to agree on output targets to reduce a bulging glut that has resulted in oil prices falling by more than 60 percent since June 2014. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries failed to agree on an oil production ceiling on Friday at a meeting ...

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While job growth lifts most of US economy, oil patch suffers

job growth, us economy, oil patch suffers

WASHINGTON — The falling oil and gasoline prices that for months have coincided with strong U.S. hiring have helped most Americans. But they’ve come at a painful cost for workers in the energy and mining sector: 122,300 lost jobs in the past year. Even as workers nationwide are earning slightly more than they did a year ago, average wages have ...

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