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Apache CEO announces resignation effective immediately

President and chief executive officer of Apache Corporation Steven Farris announced his retirement effective January 20, 2015.  The abrupt announcement was also an opportunity for Farris to name John Christmann, chief operating officer of North America, as his successor. Mr. Farris joined Apache Corp over 25 years ago in 1988 and has served as its chief executive officer since 2002. ...

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Columbia Gas president is moving

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Columbia Gas of Ohio President Jack Partridge is taking on a new position at Columbia Gas’s parent company, NiSource Inc. Partridge, 67, has led Columbia Gas since 2003 and recently accepted the position of chief policy officer for NiSource.  Partridge will continue to work out of Columbus, Ohio, but will work across NiSource’s seven-state region.  He will now report to ...

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Noble Energy’s Gulf well capped off as a miss

Noble Energy has struck out in the Gulf of Mexico. The international oil company announced today that its Madison exploration well in the Gulf was drilled to the goal depth of 16,859 feet without coming across viable reserves of fossil fuels. The well, located on Mississippi Canyon 479, has already been plugged and abandoned, and the drilling rig has been ...

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Which Eagle Ford producer came out on top in 2014?

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There are plenty of companies responsible for pushing the Eagle Ford Shale Play over the 1 billion barrel benchmark last year when south Texas averaged roughly 1.6 million barrels a day. However, some businesses are booming over others in the Eagle Ford.  The second most productive shale play in the United States hosts some of the biggest producers in the ...

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Mayor’s moratorium on fracking is now being questioned

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Grand Rapids, Michigan Mayor George Heartwell called for a moratorium on hydraulic fracking in his final State of the City speech because he believes the city needs more time to analyze the safety of the technology used in producing oil and gas, but city officials are questioning his call. According to the director of Associated Petroleum Industries (API) of Michigan, ...

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Low oil prices a mixed bag for Louisiana jobs

Low oil prices have begun to put some Louisianans out of work. Fox 8 News reports that although most businesses tied to the oil and gas industry in the Energy Corridor aren’t affected yet, a slowdown has begun. A few rigs have already shut down operations, leaving a few hundred people laid off. Just last week, Halliburton announced layoffs in ...

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Baker Hughes to cut 11 percent of workforce in 2015

A week after Halliburton announced the company is making job cuts, its pending partner Baker Hughes has followed suit. The Houston-based company announced in a statement that it will be cutting about 7,000 jobs globally as a result of falling oil prices, despite record profits in the fourth quarter 2014. The 7,000 jobs eliminated account for 11 percent of the ...

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COGCC reports at least one spill per day in 2015

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After more than 700 oil and chemical spills reported in Colorado last year by energy companies last year, 2015 hasn’t strayed far from the state’s average of two spills per day. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has received 35 spill reports by oil companies since Jan. 1, according to a Denver News 7 article. About 75 percent ...

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Ohio shale brings down state unemployment rates

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Over the past several years, unemployment rates in Ohio counties with shale production have been on the decline. Counties in the Utica production region have shown a 66 percent decline in total unemployment since 2010, the counties are Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Belmont, Guernsey, Noble, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull.  The most active county, Carroll, has decreased from 16.1 in 2010 to ...

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Seaway Pipeline filling the Keystone void

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It was a day of celebration on Friday as Canada-based Enbridge and Houston-based Enterprise Products began the delivery of Canadian tar sands crude oil to the Houston area through a new pipeline system. The Seaway Pipeline system twin loop and the new Flanagan South pipeline connect in Cushing, Oklahoma, with the newly constructed Seaway loop delivering up to 450,000 barrels ...

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