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Colorado’s new, higher oil and gas fines are biting industry

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado is imposing heftier fines on energy companies as the state struggles to resolve conflicts between growing cities and big oilfields at their doorstep, an Associated Press analysis shows. Regulators say the tougher penalties for breaking health, safety and environmental rules are prompting energy companies to be more careful. Others say it’s too early to call them ...

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Williston Basin oil expo comes amid trouble times for industry

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil expo and conference kicks off at a troubled time for the industry, with depressed prices and a drop in drilling activity that has hurt both oil companies and oil-producing states like this one. The three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday in Bismarck with a theme of “Bakken Forward,” featuring seminars ...

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Kansas cuts higher education amid disappointing revenues

Kansas cuts higher education amid disappointing revenues

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback cut Kansas’ higher education spending Tuesday after the state’s tax collections fell $54 million short of expectations in February. The lower-than-anticipated revenues last month left the state facing a small deficit in its current budget, for the fiscal year ending June 30. The Department of Revenue’s report on monthly tax collections came ...

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Senators wade into debate over Nebraska oil, gas regulations

Senators wade into debate over Nebraska oil, gas regulations

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An effort to impose new regulations on Nebraska’s oil and gas industry drew support Wednesday from environmental advocates but opposition from company officials, who say the proposals are unnecessary and redundant. The bills were introduced in response to a public outcry that began when a Colorado energy company sought state approval to discard oil and natural gas ...

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Eagle Ford Shale remains bright spot, adds drilling

While the nation is experiencing a drop in the number of active oil and gas rigs, Eagle Ford Shale remains a bright spot in the industry. A Baker Hughes rig count shows that new drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale rose to 75 active rigs. New drilling fell to 225 rigs in the Permian Basin, but rose to eight in ...

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Welding is bigger in Texas

Texas employs more than 50,000 welders, making it the welding capital of the United States. More than 1 in 10 welders in the U.S. calls Texas their home. Three of the top 10 metropolitan areas in the U.S. for welding careers are located in Texas. Houston is No. 1 with nearly 18,000 jobs. The Lone Star State has a diverse ...

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First-ever manufacturers expo scheduled next week in Colorado Springs

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Rich Laden | The Gazette A first-of-its-kind event designed to showcase the products and goods of local manufacturers — and provide a venue where manufacturers can network and tout careers available in their industry — will take place next week in Colorado Springs. MANUFACTURING EXPO SOCOM EXPO 2014, a two-day showcase of the Pikes Peak region’s manufacturing industry, will take ...

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Colleges in Western Pa. to emphasize curricula for energy, industrial fields

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Aaron Auperlee | Tribune-Review Colleges in Western Pennsylvania are gearing up to emphasize curricula that prepares students to jobs in energy and industrial fields. Rosedale Technical Institute in Kennedy, which on Wednesday will change its name to Rosedale Technical College, is among schools aiming to help students find work in many fields, especially natural gas drilling in deep shale. “Industrial ...

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Shale energy is reviving US manufacturing

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An article in today’s New York Times examines the breath of fresh air the shale energy revolution has brought to America’s flagging manufacturing industry. Despite a nationwide downturn in the industry over the past several years, manufacturers in or near shale drilling states are actually experiencing growth thanks to the increasing demands of oil ...

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An energy opportunity that went from solar to supply

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Madasyn Czebiniak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Paul and Nanette Battista were struggling to find the right business model. They started with visions of a solar company and then moved on to selling maintenance repair supplies for manufacturing companies. In 2004, inspiration struck in the form of a Marcellus Shale gas well. That well, drilled three miles from their Mount Pleasant home, ...

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