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Vestas gets another order, company stilling hiring in northern Colorado

Vestas has won another American contract to build wind turbines, which should keep the company’s growing workforce busy in the coming months. The company announced Tuesday it had received an order to build 55 turbines that will supply 2 megawatts each of electricity to Duke Los Viento V, a windpower farm in Texas for Duke Energy Renewables. So far this ...

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‘Transportation Tuesday’ focuses on fast-growing trucking industry

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Mark Gilger | The News-Item SUNBURY — Truck driving is a demanding but financially rewarding profession. That was the theme of “Transportation Tuesday,” which attracted 20 residents from Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties interested in securing employment in the trucking industry. The two-hour workshop at the PA CareerLink in Sunbury highlighted the demand for truck drivers statewide and nationally. It ...

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New report tallies Eagle Ford impact at $87 billion

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Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media The economic study from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) detailing the financial impact of the Eagle Ford shale was released today, and as expected, the numbers are staggering. According to the study, oil and natural gas production from the Eagle Ford generated roughly $87 billion in economic output for Texas along ...

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Midland labor force falls below 100,000

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Mella McEwen | Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) A month after Midland’s labor force climbed past the 100,000 mark, Texas Workforce Commission figures show it has fallen back, dropping to 98,842 in August. The number of employed Midlanders also fell in August, the commission said Friday, but so did the number of unemployed Midlanders. That sent Midland’s unemployment rate dipping to 2.8 ...

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Wake-up call: demand for hotels in Marcellus dropping


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The rapid onset of the U.S. shale boom sent cities nationwide scrambling to respond to sudden, often overwhelming population increases.  In regions like the Bakken, companies are still flocking to meet growing demands for food and housing. At least one state, however, is starting to realize its response was an overextension. Pennsylvania has too ...

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Natural gas summit highlights newfound jobs for Texas

Even with the surge of crude oil production in states like North Dakota and Texas, natural gas extraction has exponentially grown even more so. Problems such as lacking infrastructure or pricing are still significant but are dwindling, and now states like Texas are ready to further introduce natural gas into their already booming economy. In the past year alone, oil ...

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Oil and gas jobs outnumbered steel jobs in Pennsylvania last year

Michael Sanserino | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Anybody who grew up in Western Pennsylvania, worked in a mill or rooted for a football team called the “Steelers” might find it hard to believe, but there are more people in Pennsylvania working in the oil and gas industry than there are in the steel industry. There were 20,999 people employed in the oil and ...

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10 most wanted energy professions

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The demand for skilled workers is growing quickly alongside the ongoing shale boom. The energy sector is in direct competition with other industries though, creating a competitive market for a variety of positions, according to a recent article by Rigzone.com. By examining this year’s recent quarter and the demand of jobs posted on its ...

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BP to cut 275 jobs in Alaska after oil field disposals

LONDON (Reuters) – BP <BP.L> will cut around 275 staff and contractor jobs in its Alaska operations in early 2015 following the sale of its interests in four oil fields in the North Slope area, it said on Tuesday. BP, one of the largest oil producers in Alaska, last April announced the sale of the fields to privately held Hilcorp, ...

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Biorefineries and jobs headed for southern Louisiana

NFR BioEnergy is capitalizing on a source other than natural gas for energy in Louisiana. According to the Shreveport Times, Gov. Bobby Jindal and the chief operating officer of the company, Frank Randazzo, have coordinated on efforts to turn sugar cane waste into an energy source. The project will require a $312 million investment from NFR BioEnergy and will add ...

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