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Removing U.S. oil ban would create jobs beyond drilling: report

WASHINGTON – Lifting a 40-year-old U.S. ban on crude exports would create a wide range of jobs in the oil drilling supply chain and broader economy even in states that produce little or no oil, according to a report released on Tuesday. Some 394,000 to 859,000 U.S. jobs could be created annually from 2016 to 2030 by lifting the ban, ...

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Pipeline project would bring thousands of jobs

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According to a study conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, the design and construction process of a new natural gas pipeline project will bring in an estimated $1.6 billion in additional wages, revenues and investments to the regional and state economies of Pennsylvania and Virginia. The results of the analysis show that the Williams Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project has ...

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U.S. refinery deal hits roadblocks at 8 striking plants

HOUSTON – A tentative national agreement to end a six-week strike at twelve U.S. refineries has struggled to win ratification at eight plants as workers and companies struggle to settle local issues, according to union officials. The deal reached on Thursday by the United Steelworkers (USW) and lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc to end the biggest walkout of ...

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Snyder: Oil downturn bad for economy, good for housing

SNYDER – House-hunters in Scurry County might finally have a chance now. A downturn in the oil market has not exactly opened up a flood of options in Snyder’s otherwise-tight housing market, but has arguably made the house- or apartment-search slightly less frustrating. The town’s La Posada apartment complex, for instance, finally has a unit available for rent. One vacancy ...

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Methanex brings quality jobs to Louisiana

While much of the nation is experiencing industry-wide slowdown, Louisiana’s petrochemical sector is proving a boon to job growth, and it’s even managing to bring some jobs back from foreign outsourcing. Methanex Corp, a Canada-based methanol powerhouse, has methanol plants across the globe, but the company recently dismantled two facilities in Chile and moved them to North America. The new ...

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North Dakota rigs take a big hit from oil’s steep fall

The number of oil-drilling rigs in North Dakota has fallen to the lowest level in six years, triggering an estimated 3,000-4,000 oil field job losses that could get worse, a top state official said Thursday. “It is becoming painful out there in the oil patch,” Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, said on a monthly ...

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Union says tentative deal reached to end U.S. refinery strike

HOUSTON – The United Steelworkers union and oil companies have reached a tentative deal to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years, the labor group and people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday. The new agreement would be for four years, a year longer than previous agreements, several people told Reuters. The deal, which still needs to ...

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Vestas needs 400 more employees at Windsor plant

Strings of oil and gas job cuts might make fossil fuel employees antsy, but Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems plans to add 400 employees to the workforce at its Windsor factory. BizWest reports that the company will hire 300 employees and 100 temporary workers for production. To find new hirees, Vestas invites qualified applicants to bring their resume ...

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About 1,000 laid off by Husky oil sands contractor, union says

CALGARY, Alberta – About 1,000 construction workers employed by a contractor at Husky Energy Inc’s Sunrise oil sands project were laid off unexpectedly on Wednesday, a union official confirmed. Izzy Huygen, a Fort McMurray, Alberta, representative of the Christian Labor Association of Canada, said many of the workers had expected their jobs to last until summer but were informed of ...

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Gas industry’s pain ripples across Western Pennsylvania

Lunch crowds in the Hardwood Cafe used to be packed with dozens of workers from the natural gas industry. A lot of them were regulars. Lately, some familiar faces have disappeared. “I would say it was right after the holidays that a lot of them were not coming back,” said Justin Trainor, who owns the restaurant in Penn. “The servers ...

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