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Ector County Energy Center opens

A roughly 350-megawatt natural gas plant formally opened northwest of Goldsmith on Wednesday, heralded by local governmental officials as a boon to the local tax base, particularly the Ector County Independent School District. The so-called Ector County Energy Center sits on about 32 acres that were vacant ranchland a year ago near the Andrews County line. It is designed to ...

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Sub-$50: When ‘fracking does not work’

The downturn shows no signs of reversing for the oilfield services industry, and now these businesses that represent some of the top private employers in Odessa face a deepening pain, particularly those that frack wells. Today, about half of the fracking companies who were bidding on new work in the Permian Basin at this time last year continue to do ...

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Oil seepage threatens Monahans Draw

Leaking oil from a lease atop the Monahans Draw raises worry of contamination of the waterway, and more than a year into the state-ordered cleanup effort the extent of the damage remains unclear. Oil was discovered seeping through soggy earth on July 16, 2014, at the oil lease in the 3200 block of Second Street, the western fringes of Odessa ...

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Mom and pop businesses feel ripple effect of downturn

Cat Well Service’s workover rigs drilled through a freshly cemented well north of Midland in September, the sort of well maintenance work that many of private oilfield businesses in Odessa and Midland rely on. This work grows increasingly scarce and competitive in the ongoing downturn. As oil companies began idling drilling rigs this year, the amount of workover rigs plummeted, ...

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MAJOR CLEANUP: EPA working ‘time critical emergency’ pollution site

An Environmental Protection Agency team is cleaning up thousands of leaky oil drums left for years in industrial east Odessa that investigators say threatened groundwater, risked dangerous runoff to a nearby neighborhood and created a fire hazard after a local businessman abandoned them when his company failed. The site, about 4.5 acres at the intersection Market Street and Marco Avenue, ...

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Downturn brings spike in oilfield crime

The crew from Liberty Fishing and Rental Tools returned to a well near Snyder last week and noticed they’d been hit. The tires had been stolen off a trailer they use to for their work freeing equipment stuck in a wellbore. President and co-owner Monnie Sparkman said the tires would cost about $1,500 to replace — “not that big of ...

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Team acquires Permian packer

Oilfield manufacturing company Team Oil Tools LP announced its acquisition of Permian oil packer Odessa Packer Services Inc. Thrusday. OPS provides downhole tool service throughout the Basin, which fits within Team’s focus of design, manufacture, sale and service of completion components. Team is assisted by Intervale Capital, an oilfield manufacturing and services private equity firm. OPS isn’t Team’s only recent ...

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Residents, businesses recover from weekend storm

The roof of a storage building blew off at the Budget Inn on Andrews Highway and a 40-year-old tree fell on the roof of a home in the 9200 block of Bedford Drive due to high winds from a weekend storm. Now residents and local businesses affected by the storms are repairing and assessing the damage to determine the next ...

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Oilfield worker recovering after well fire

An Odessa oilfield worker injured in a fire Tuesday at a Ward County well site remained in critical condition Thursday at a Lubbock Hospital. Ward County Sheriff Mikel Strickland, who responded to the fire at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, identified the man as Juan Renteria and said he was the most severely injured during the blaze, which was also described ...

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Pothole: the scourge of Market Street

A hole in the road on south Market Street in Odessa has become more of a pond than a pothole over the last seven years. News West 9 reports that the pothole, which covers the whole road, has been a frustrating obstacle for area motorists and nearby business owners. “It’s a pothole, but it’s more like a crater in the ...

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