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Halliburton hiring in West Texas

An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Permian Basin near Farmington, New Mexico. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp)

According to FuelFix, Halliburton is set to hire 200 workers in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico. The Current-Argus reported that Halliburton spokeswoman Emily Mir said in late December there will be job opportunities throughout the Permian, including in Artesia. As the oil industry begins to see a small upswing, local businesses are crossing their fingers that ...

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Dallas Fed: Oil and Gas Activity Rises in Third Quarter

Dallas Fed, oil and gas activity

Surveys and reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are now available for the third quarter. The business activity index – the survey’s broadest measure of conditions facing Eleventh District energy firms – was up from 13.8 in the second quarter to 26.7. While the survey still shows weakness in both industry employment and production, it does show some ...

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Groups rekindle battle over lesser prairie chicken

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fight over a grouse found in pockets across the Great Plains is far from over as industry and state officials worried Tuesday that relisting the lesser prairie chicken as a federally protected species could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs for oil and gas developers, renewable energy companies and farmers. The lesser ...

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AAA: Texas, nationwide retail gasoline prices up this week

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COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices across Texas are up 3 cents this week to reach an average $2.04 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump nationwide rose 2 cents this week, to reach $2.22 per gallon. Corpus Christi has the cheapest gasoline statewide at an average $1.95 per gallon. The association survey ...

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Buffett’s company buys more Phillips 66 shares

Berkshire Hathaway, Phillips 66

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett’s company now controls more than 15 percent of Phillips 66 stock after buying another 414,065 shares of the oil refiner this week. Berkshire Hathaway disclosed the latest purchases in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. Berkshire now owns about 79.5 million shares of Phillips 66, which represents 15.2 percent of ...

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Parent of Circle K buying Texas-based CST Brands for $4.4B

Circle K, CST Brands, acquisition

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The parent company of the Circle K convenience store and gas station chain has agreed to buy San Antonio-based CST Brands in a $4.4 billion deal. Canada-based Alimentation Couche-Tard and CST Brands announced the agreement Monday following approval by their respective boards. The deal is expected to close in early 2017, subject to approval of CST ...

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Key Energy Services to pay $5M to settle bribes case

Pemex gas station sign. (Image: Matthew Rutledge via Flickr)

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston energy company will pay $5 million to settle U.S. allegations of bribing a contract worker for Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Pemex. The Securities and Exchange Commission reached the agreement with Key Energy Services Inc. The case involve $229,000 in payments by subsidiary Key Mexico from 2010 through 2013. Key Energy, in the settlement, does not ...

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1 hurt, firetruck burns in Killeen gas tanker truck blaze

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KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — A tanker truck explosion and fire at a Central Texas gas station left one person dead, destroyed a firetruck and forced more than 50 nearby residents to evacuate. Killeen police did not immediately release details on the person killed in the fiery accident early Friday at a Mickey’s Convenience Store. Police say preliminary information indicates the ...

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Company acquires Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation is being acquired by a privately-held holding company. The Fort Smith company said Monday that it will be acquired by Summit Utilities, which owns and operates natural gas distribution subsidiaries in Colorado, Missouri and Maine. AOG serves nearly 60,000 natural gas utility customers in Arkansas and Oklahoma and has been ...

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Texas reaches deal on weaker voter ID rules for November

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas agreed Wednesday to weaken its voter ID law as courts across the U.S., with only months before the November election, are blocking Republican-controlled states from imposing polling place restrictions that critics say target minorities and the poor. The changes must still be approved by a federal judge. But the looser rules have the important blessing ...

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