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Ringo Drilling workers pick up their checks

checks

The 200 employees that have been laid off are not the only ones affected by Friday’s abrupt closing of Ringo Drilling I, L.P., an oil and gas drilling business that has been in Tye for more than 30 years. Indeed the workers, who picked up their last paychecks Tuesday morning but weren’t allowed in the yard area, will pound the ...

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Big Cypress National Preserve target of Texas company’s oil exploration survey

Cypress

A Texas-based oil company is seeking permission to perform seismic surveying of nearly 235,000 acres in Big Cypress National Preserve, a possible first step toward expanding oil drilling in uninhabited eastern Collier County. Burnett Oil Co., Inc., filed a Florida Department of Environmental Protection application in late January as the company analyzes “the potential accumulation of commercial quantities of crude ...

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Texas interviewing for seismologist position, official says

seismologist

Texas officials have begun interviewing candidates for the position of state seismologist, Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter said Wednesday. Porter, testifying before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, was asked by Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, about residents’ concerns about a string of earthquakes around Azle that started in November. The Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas ...

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Texas interviewing for seismologist position, official says

seismologist

Texas officials have begun interviewing candidates for the position of state seismologist, Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter said Wednesday. Porter, testifying before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, was asked by Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, about residents’ concerns about a string of earthquakes around Azle that started in November. The Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas ...

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XTO strikes deals in Utica Shale and Permian Basin

deal

Fort Worth-based XTO Energy struck a deal in Ohio’s Utica Shale with an affiliate of American Energy Partners, the new venture orgaanized by former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon. Exxon Mobil, XTO’s corporate parent, also said Monday that it will boost its activity in West Texas’ Permian Basin in a separate deal with Midland-based Endeavor Energy Resources L.P. American Energy-Utica ...

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Lubbock fire crews respond to spill at saltwater disposal well

firefighter

City officials said an oil and gas drilling company was working on containing a spill Friday, Jan. 31, in North Lubbock after a line feeding a saltwater disposal well ruptured. Lubbock Fire Rescue hazardous materials crews responded to the spill about 8 a.m. at the intersection of Loyola Avenue and Interstate 27, according to Rob Keinast, LFR battalion chief. About ...

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Corps responds to low Lake Texoma levels

dry lake

In recent months, there has been rising concern for local residents over the dwindling water levels in Lake Texoma as the region experiences an extended drought. Lake Texoma is one of many reservoirs that provides water to North Texas and the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as peak hydroelectric power for the surrounding region. Earlier this week, the Texas Water ...

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Cline Shale still the ‘big unknown’ in 2013

Cline Shale

Perhaps the most pressing question in this region in 2013 was: When will the Cline Shale boom? The latest series of oil and natural gas booms began just a few years ago with the rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” opening reserves of fossil fuels trapped in rock shales deep underground. The Barnett Shale in Fort Worth, Haynesville Shale ...

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Earthquakes in Texas increasingly common, but rarely severe

damage from earthquakes

The ground trembles, the walls shake and then homes are destroyed. Could the South Plains be victim to rumbling earthquakes? According to experts, some parts already are — but rarely that severe. “Texas has always had minor quakes, but sometimes larger ones,” said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “There’s more activity in West Texas because of ...

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Township inks lease with Range Resources

agreements made

HANOVER TWP. — Supervisors approved a five-year leasing agreement Monday for the natural gas rights beneath 51 acres of Hanover Township-owned property that will bring in at least $127,500 for the township. “If they ever drill, the money will allow us to take care of a lot of expenses,” Supervisor Samuel Minich said. The lease is with Range Resources, a ...

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