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Infrastructure funding to keep creating jobs, study says

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Ohio voters on Tuesday approved Issue 1, a statewide public works issue that will allow the state to borrow $1.875 billion over 10 years to fund local road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects. “That was a critical issue on our perspective,” said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. “When you talk about infrastructure, our bridge program is key to that ...

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Polar vortex helps UGI’s bottom line

By Andrew Maykuth | The Philadelphia Inquirer For UGI Corp., there was a positive side to all that cold winter weather: The Valley Forge company on Wednesday reported a 28 percent increase in quarterly net income, thanks to wild natural gas prices during the polar vortex. UGI reported adjusted second-quarter net income of $222.1 million, or $1.90 per share, compared ...

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Encana buying Eagle Ford acreage

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By Vicki Vaughan, The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — Canadian energy giant Encana Corp., in a plan to shift to more oil production, said Wednesday that it will buy acreage in the oil-rich heart of the Eagle Ford Shale for $3.1 billion. Encana subsidiary Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. will buy about 45,500 net acres in Karnes, Wilson and Atascosa ...

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Magellan officials talk BridgeTex as startup nears

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Corey Paul, The Odessa American, Texas The BridgeTex pipeline is “nearing startup” and on track to begin shipping crude to the Gulf in the middle of the third quarter this year, officials with Magellan Midstream Partners told investors on Tuesday. The pipeline, with 300,000 barrels of daily crude takeaway capacity, is a joint operation between Magellan Midstream Partners and Occidental Petroleum, ...

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First Energy faces unfair labor practices complaint

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While still considering allegations related to Penelec workers’ 20-week lockout, the National Labor Relations Board last week filed a complaint against Penelec’s parent company for unfair labor practices against another union local. The complaint against FirstEnergy Corp. involves negotiations with the Utility Workers Union of America Local 102, representing union workers at West Penn Power and Potomac Edison. It involves ...

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Midland firm designs pitless drilling fluid system

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By Mella McEwen, The Midland Reporter-Telegram, Texas Traditionally, drillers have utilized horizontal, rectangular, open earthen pits to store the drilling muds used to keep drill bits cool and return drill cuttings to the surface. That tradition is bumping up against changes that have operators looking for alternatives, said Ken Goldsmith, founder of Mudsmith. One change is a number of wells ...

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Texas A&M professor offers course in integrated optimization of shales

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By Mella McEwen, The Midland Reporter-Telegram, Texas A new concept being applied for the first time to focus on shales will be the subject of a weeklong course presented by Midland College’s Petroleum Professional Development Center. Entitled “Permian Shale Integrated Production Optimization,” it is designed to teach those involved in developing Permian Basin shales to apply integrated production optimization principles to ...

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Shale jobs up in Ohio, but impact still limited

Ohio’s shale-energy work force grew by more than 4,000 jobs in the third quarter of 2013 compared with the prior-year quarter. The numbers demonstrate continued growth for a part of the economy that is still small in relation to other sectors. The figures, released yesterday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, show 13,055 jobs in the core ...

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FirstEnergy faces labor charges over closed plants

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has charged FirstEnergy Corp. with unfair labor practices related to the closing of two coal-fired power plants in southwestern Pennsylvania in October — the Hatfield’s Ferry in Greene County, and Mitchell in Washington County. The board brought the charges on behalf of Utility Workers Union of America Local 102, which represented workers ...

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