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Fire breaks out at gas plant in rural North Texas

CHICO, Texas (AP) — About a dozen homes in a rural area of North Texas were evacuated as a precaution after a fire broke out at a natural gas facility. There have been no reports of injuries. The fire broke out early Thursday morning at the Targa Gas Plant. The plant is west of Chico, a small town about 55 ...

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Fresh fruits, veggies will be delivered to city workers

BATON ROUGE, La. — Baton Rouge’s city workers could open up a box and find fresh and local sweet corn, navel oranges, green onions and other fruits and vegetables ready to take home every week this fall. The program, called “Farm to Work,” is meant to promote healthy eating among city workers. Employees can sign up to have boxes of ...

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How sound are Pennsylvania’s oil and gas wells?

Hundreds of oil and gas well owners failed to submit required reports this year that are meant to document whether Pennsylvania’s active wells are structurally sound or showing signs of leaks and decay. The roughly 450 well owners who were sent violation notices for the missing reports by the Department of Environmental Protection represent a small fraction of the roughly ...

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Car Bomb explodes near Italian-Libyan Company HQ

A car bomb detonated today in front of the Tripoli headquarters of Mellitah Oil and Gas, a joint venture between Italian Eni and Libyan state oil firm NOC. Reuters reports that no one was killed in the blast, though windows were smashed and doors were damaged. This account from Reuters correspondents differed from an Eni spokesperson, who said that the ...

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Whiting refinery explosion seemed like ‘end of the world’

WHITING — On an already hot morning during one of the hottest summers on record, shortly after the sun peeked over the horizon, a huge blast at the Standard Oil Refinery in Whiting startled thousands out of their sleep and shattered windows as far away as Crown Point. A great wall of fire rose over the Midwest’s largest refinery, darkening ...

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Group pushes for less flaring in the Four Corners


A group of New Mexicans are getting fed up with what they see as wasteful processes like natural gas flaring and venting, according to the NM Political Report. Nonprofit organization Taxpayers for Common Sense advocates for less expensive, more environmentally-friendly alternatives to flaring and venting. The group recently advertised in the Santa Fe New Mexican, urging lawmakers to require the ...

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Target Logistics to build new Permian Basin mancamp

Target Logistics recently announced plans to build a new 200-bed mancamp somewhere in West Texas for “one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies,” at a time when occupancy rates at such facilities suffer from the oil and gas downturn. Woodlands-based Target Logistics did not disclose the company that commissioned the lodging facility or ...

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3 contract workers injured after pipeline ruptures in Gulf

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three workers were injured after a natural gas pipeline ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles south of Marsh Island. Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said the rupture caused the pipeline to catch fire. He said the injured crew members were taken to a hospital in Houma. The Coast Guard says the fire has been ...

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Kentucky trucker gets prison in Texas prostitution case

WACO, Texas (AP) — A trucker from Kentucky must serve more than four years in federal prison for trying to transport prostitutes he planned to pick up in Texas. Anthony Wayne Farrior of Paducah, Kentucky, was sentenced Wednesday in Waco. The 28-year-old trucker in July pleaded guilty to violating the Mann Act, which deals with prostitution and human trafficking. Prosecutors ...

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