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New Mexico reviews water injection wells for damages

Injection well used to dispose of oil field wastewater. (Image: Faces of Fracking via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state land commissioner is ordering a broad examination of easements for injection wells used by the oil and natural gas industry to dispose of waste saltwater, in response to environmental damage at a site in the southeast of the state. State regulators blame Midland, Texas-based Siana Operating for spills of oily water at ...

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Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter won’t run for re-election

In a surprise move that leaves a statewide seat up for grabs in 2016, the chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, announced Thursday that he will withdraw from his re-election race. David Porter said “a lot of things had crescendoed up” to lead to his decision — especially the realization ...

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Oil ministry job fair draws hundreds

More than 500 job seekers turned to the Rock the Oilfield Job and Resource Event in Midland on Friday, an event organized by local Christian groups in hopes of offering relief to workers displaced by the oil bust. Attendees offered accounts of the human toll wrought by the economic downturn driven by the region’s premier industry. One couple, Kurt and ...

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Is Midland a hard place to live in?

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I moved to Midland at the end of August following the trail of opportunity that has welled up from the activity of the oil industry in the Permian Basin. Many asked me what I was moving to Midland for; a man from Dallas simply asked, “Why?” The promise of a job and the ability to work my own beat drew ...

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Williamson: Permian Basin can’t escape boom-bust cycle

Terry Williamson | Midland Reporter-Telegram, TX Every boomtown era is different in its own right, but I can’t get over the idea that many Midlanders think we are exploring a new way of living. The truth is, West Texas has seen boomtowns dozens of times since the late 1940s and early 1950s when the Permian Basin exploded with all-out mining ...

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Industry continues to make case for lifting oil export ban

Mella McEwen | The Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) Permian Basin oil and gas operators continue making the case for ending the nation’s four decadelong ban on exporting domestic crude. They say decisions made over 40 years ago during an oil crisis have no place in today’s world of rising U.S. crude production, primarily from unconventional shale plays. During the annual shareholders’ ...

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Midland Texas unlikely to face anti-fracturing petition

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Mella McEwen | Midland Reporter-Telegram Denton, which sits atop the prolific Barnett shale and with a population roughly equal to Midland, recently waded into the controversy over hydraulic fracturing. Denton City Council members voted down a petition to ban hydraulic fracturing, sending it to a public vote in November. Midland sits in the heart of the Permian Basin and atop prolific ...

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Economist: Metro Odessa to gain 40K in five years

Corey Paul | Odessa American The Odessa metro area’s population growth should outpace the Midland metro by nearly 18,000 people during the next five years, according to a recent projection from Ray Perryman, the economist who runs the Perryman Group. The metropolitan statistical areas of both cities stand out as among the fastest growing in the nation, with an influx ...

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Midland oil dynasty lands on list of wealthiest families

Rachael Gleason | Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) Investing in the dusty expanses of West Texas more than 100 years ago has paid off for the Fasken family, which just earned a spot on Forbes’ list of wealthiest dynasties. The prominent Midland oil family ranked No. 127 on the list of billion-dollar fortunes with a net worth of $1.8 billion. “In 1913, ...

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