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Diana Frazier talks the talk about women and oil

Businessman and woman discussing work

Diana Frazier, the president of the Women’s Energy Network in North Texas, is spreading the word about women working in the oil and gas industry. Frazier is a landman and the vice president at Holland Services in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.  Being a landman, Frazier is in charge of securing leases and titles for the minerals so oil and gas ...

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Weld County’s unemployment rate sinks to second-lowest in the state

The unemployment rate continues to sink in Weld County, as well as the rest of the state. All reported metropolitan statistical areas’ October unemployment rates sunk to almost half or lower than what they were last year at this time. Weld County’s 3.6 percent rate is now the second-lowest in the state after years of being one of the highest. ...

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Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment

Offshore Production Platform

NEW ORLEANS — A drilling company says a worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC says another worker suffered “visible injury” and two other workers reported ringing in their ears. The company says the three injured workers have been ...

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Oil companies to provide Petroleum Academy support


The support MISD needs to make its high school Petroleum Academy a reality for the spring semester is coming together. Superintendent Ryder Warren said several oil companies — Concho Resources, Pioneer Natural Resources, Apache Corp., Chevron and Henry Resources — and Warren Equipment Co. are throwing their support behind the district’s initiative. The companies are helping not only in shaping ...

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Explosion on Gulf platform; 1 dead, 3 injured

NEW ORLEANS — An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. about 12 miles off Louisiana’s coast. In a statement late Thursday, the Houston, ...

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Cheyenne needs more workers, study says

CHEYENNE – An extensive, data-driven study of Laramie County’s workforce confirmed many local residents’ suspicions — jobs are here, but workers aren’t. The study was conducted by an out-of-state consulting company. Its goal was to determine whether the county’s workforce is adequate for future growth. Using the most recent data available, the study found that 22 percent of local workers ...

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BRIEF: Rig explosion kills one, injures three others


CARLSBAD — An oil rig worker was killed, and three others were injured, in an on-site explosion Friday night, according to the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office. According to a news release, deputies responded to an explosion at a lease location near State Road 128 and Twin Wells operated by BOBCO Nov. 14 around 11:30 p.m. The explosion was centralized around ...

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Alpha will cut 412 coal jobs in deal with Rosebud Mining Co.

A deal in which Alpha Natural Resources will sell off much its Pennsylvania operations will also shed hundreds of coal jobs in the central part of the state. Alpha, a Virginia-based company and one of the country’s largest metallurgical coal producers, announced last month it plans to sell its Amfire Mining subsidiary to Rosebud Mining Co. for $86 million. But ...

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Former oil worker files lawsuit about overtime pay

FARGO, N.D. — A worker in the North Dakota oil patch says his employer illegally classified him and other employees as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and employee benefits. Matthew Ross is seeking class action status for his lawsuit against Williston-based Baha Petroleum Consulting Corp. Ross says he did not receive overtime pay despite regularly working more than 40 ...

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