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Pumping on hold as fire burns at New Mexico oil facility

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NAGEEZI, N.M. (AP) — All pumping remains on hold at an oil production site in northwestern New Mexico after a fire was sparked earlier this week. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX Energy says the fire started Monday when 36 temporary storage tanks caught fire. Four tanks were still burning Thursday, and the flames were being allowed to burn out. WPX says it ...

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Oil industry headlines from around Texas

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From budget cuts to oil spills, here is the news from the Texas oil and gas industry this week. Oil spill photos are finally visible to the public Photos taken by the Civil Air Patrol of flood-related oil spills are now available to the public online, rather than requiring a login and password for the University of Texas website. The ...

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Top Texas energy stories June 26 – July 3

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According to Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count has increased by 10 this week, with Texas gaining four of the total overall increase. The price of oil is inching back up , playing games with that $50 per barrel mark. Oil currently sits at $48.99, and Brent crude is $50.35. The anxiety associated with the British vote to leave the ...

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State settles with oil company over wastewater dumping

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has settled with a natural gas and oil company after it dumped wastewater on two northern New Mexico roads. The state came to the agreement with Enterprise Products Operating LLC to settle for $500,000 on Thursday for the improper disposal in Santa Fe and Lea counties in 2013 and 2014. The New Mexico ...

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What the Dallas Fed Quarterly Report means for Eagle Ford shale jobs

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On June 29th the latest quarterly report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas addressed the capital spending, costs, production levels, employment and overall current business activities of energy companies from Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. From approximately 200 gas and oil companies surveyed, 42 percent stated that they expect their employment levels to remain consistent with those of ...

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Authorities: 3 train workers in Texas wreck presumed dead

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DALLAS (AP) — Three missing crew members from the two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle are presumed dead, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. Emergency personnel at the scene of Tuesday’s collision about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo have moved to a recovery operation, DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing said. Each train had a two-member ...

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New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn unveiled proposed legislation Wednesday to create a fund that could accumulate up to $5 ...

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Solar panel again stolen from New Mexico boy’s grave site

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SAN ACACIA, N.M. (AP) — A solar panel placed at a grave site of a 5-year-old boy who was scared of the dark has been stolen for a second time. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/6VhUDm) that thieves recently took the solar panel from the resting place of Nico Chavez at the San Acacia Cemetery near Socorro. The solar panel powered ...

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Oil bust leaves states with massive well cleanup

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BIGFOOT, Texas (AP) — The worst oil bust since the 1980s is putting Texas and other oil producing states on the hook for thousands of newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when they have little money to plug wells and seal off environmental hazards. As U.S. rig counts plunge to historic lows, and with at least 60 oil producers ...

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New Mexico settles with Texas well operator

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oilfield regulators have reached a settlement agreement with a Texas well operator in response to spills of oily salt water at the company’s waste-water injection sites and oil wells. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division confirmed Tuesday the agreement with Siana Operating of Midland, Texas, that outlines a timeline for cleaning up the ...

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