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Guardian Industries closing Pennsylvania plant, idling 114

JEFFERSON HILLS, Pa. — Guardian Industries is closing a Pittsburgh-area industrial glass plant that was targeted for pollution fines and laying off 114 workers. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the company sent a layoff notice to the state Department of Labor and Industry saying the Jefferson Hills plant will close Aug. 4. The letter says the company, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, ...

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Millions of Jobs, thousands of deaths: How 2016 could be a make or break election season for oil and gas.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has re-launched its “Vote4Energy” campaign for the upcoming 2016 election cycle. Right out of the gate, the national trade association requested Wood Mackenzie to investigate the impact of potential changes to various oil and natural gas-related policies at both a federal and state level. The analytics company went right to work to produce some staggering ...

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Allegheny County given $1.1M to boost youth initiative

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Nearly $1.1 million in federal money will help expand a fledgling program in Allegheny County aimed at providing more summer jobs for young people, officials said Thursday. “This is not for young people just to do busy work or work that doesn’t have the possibility for a career,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said at a Downtown news conference announcing ...

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Harvard report: 5 ways shale development is a win for America

The Harvard Business School recently published a report that proves shale development in the U.S. is a game changer for not only the nation’s economy, but also for the environment. The report focuses on an 11-step strategy that would allow the U.S. to maximize its benefits coming from shale development.  Breaking it down, the report contains these main points: The ...

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Norway oil rig workers threaten strike if wage talks fail

OSLO – Some 574 Norwegian rig workers could go on strike from next Thursday, potentially reducing oil production, unless a wage settlement is reached during talks with a state appointed mediator, three labor unions said on Thursday. Some 101 workers on the Petrojarl Varg oil production vessel, which operates on behalf of Repsol, and 88 people on the Petrojarl Knarr, ...

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Canadian drillers’ group sees more than 25,000 jobs lost

CALGARY, Alberta – The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors slashed its 2015 drilling forecast for a second time on Monday, forecasting that more than 25,000 jobs will disappear because of weak oil prices. The number of drillers’ operating days is expected to decline by an additional 10,320, after the industry body said in January that 64,645 operating days would ...

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160,000 jobs gone

It almost seems like a magic act, but Pennsylvania literally lost 160,000 natural gas industry jobs in a blink of an eye. For several months now, job cuts have been due to companies scaling back and cutting costs, but this is not the case with Pennsylvania.  The blame can be pointed towards Governor Tom Wolf’s new administration.  Last week, the ...

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Oil field job cuts cross 150,000

Job slashing from the oil bust reached a staggering 150,000 at the end of May, according to energy recruiting firm Swift Worldwide Resources. In a recent Fuel Fix publication, Swift elaborated that when compared globally, the United States has seen the “the fastest and steepest decline.” Layoffs have slowed dramatically as oil prices have just begun to regain some footing ...

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Statoil to cut up to 2,000 staff, consultants

STOCKHOLM — Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil says it will lay off up to 1,500 staff and 500 consultants by the end of to slash costs. The state-controlled company said Tuesday the layoffs are a continuation of a cost-cutting program started in 2013, “well ahead of the current downturn” and the slump in the oil price. Chief operating officer ...

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Marijuana could bring thousands of jobs to Ohio

Under a proposal created by ResponsibleOhio, legalizing marijuana could bring in thousands of jobs to Ohio with almost $2 billion in total labor income. Marijuana Policies of Ohio Taskforce, an independent body that is studying the legalization of marijuana, released a report stating that if marijuana were to be legalized in Ohio, it could create 35,000 jobs that would bring ...

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