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Arson caused Texas fertilizer plant explosion, officials say

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DALLAS (AP) — One question has lingered in the Central Texas farming town of West since a fertilizer plant caught fire in 2013 and exploded, killing 15 people and damaging at least $100 million in property: What caused the blaze? On Wednesday, federal officials came to West with an answer — and in the process cast a much different light ...

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Companies pay oil workers $1.5M in back wages, damages

Companies pay oil workers $1.5M in back wages, damages

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Oilfield companies doing business in New Mexico and West Texas have paid workers $1.5 million in back wages and damages following a federal investigation. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced Thursday that Nova Mud Inc., Nova Hardbandings LLC and Nova Sand LLC violated overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards ...

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Chevron shifts focus to Texas shale

Chevron shifts focus to Texas shale

Chevron plans to focus on shorter-cycle investments in West Texas shale plays after its larger, long-term investments come into production this year. By the end of the decade, Chevron believes it can nearly triple its oil production in the Permian Basin by increasing its rig count from seven to 14. “Don’t be surprised if by the middle of the next ...

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Southern Power acquires Texas solar facility

Southern Power acquires Texas solar facility

Southern Power made another investment in West Texas solar energy. The company, a subsidiary of Southern Company, announced its acquisition of the East Pecos Solar Facility project from Arizona-based First Solar on Monday. The facility has 120 megawatts of power capacity and will begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. Both companies declined to reveal details of the acquisition. “Southern ...

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Anadarko to build man camp in West Texas

Anadarko to build man camp in West Texas

Anadarko Petroleum will open a new housing facility in West Texas near El Paso, according to the Houston Business Journal. The 77,190-square-foot man camp, located in Mentone, will be able to support 200 Anadarko employees and contractors, according to Target Logistics. The facility will include a basketball court, movie theater, game room, laundry facilities and a convenience store. A ribbon-cutting ...

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First responder training program planned for Texas region

In the next month, Dr. Dinesh Vyas of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin plans to start a trainer-trainee program so people can help reduce mortality rates in remote work areas or accident scenes. Vyas, who is an associate professor, associate dean surgery research, associate program director at Texas Tech Health Sciences, said he will start ...

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Breaking the oil and gas bust

CARLSBAD — The boom town: where old meets new and where the small town meets big industry. For the last seven years Carlsbad located in the Northwest portion of the Permian Basin, has been a boomtown. The Permian Basin — one of the largest oil and gas regions in the U.S. — stretches across most of Southeast New Mexico and ...

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Permian oil company cited for death of three workers

A West Texas oil service company will have to pay a total of $50,400 in fines for a well fire explosion that killed three workers earlier this year. The Texas Tribune reported that Andrews, Texas residents Arturo Martinez Sr., his son Arturo Martinez Jr. and Rogelio Salgado, who married into the Martinez family, died in March while trying to install ...

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STW leases new water source

Oilfield water servicer STW Resources Holding Corp. announced today that its subsidiary, STW Water Process & Technologies, purchased a brackish water lease near Fort Stockton. The new water source, the company’s second lease, will play a key role in the company’s West Texas Water Project. STW specializes in water management, reclamation and remediation. Its water project aims to access “alternative” ...

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