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Jindal announces deal reached in ‘legacy lawsuits’

Gov. Jindal

BATON ROUGE, La. — The oil and gas industry and landowners said Thursday they have reached a compromise in long-running disputes over how to handle the clean-up of environmental damage done in drilling years ago. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the legislative proposal, surrounded by industry leaders, lawmakers and representatives of some of the largest landowners involved in the lawsuits. The bill ...

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Coast Guard working to partly reopen Houston Ship Channel today


By Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press Published: 23 March 2014 05:09 PM Updated: 24 March 2014 11:03 AM   TEXAS CITY — The Coast Guard could soon reopen the Houston Ship Channel that was the scene of an oil spill over the weekend. The channel is one of the nation’s busiest seaports. Coast Guard Warrant Officer Kimberly Smith says the goal is to reopen ...

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High-speed rail gaining momentum in Texas

high speed rail

Support for 220-mph bullet trains in North Texas is on the fast track. On Thursday in Austin, appointees from Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas were approved as members of a high-speed rail commission, which is led by former Fort Worth Councilman Bill Meadows. And in Houston, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Houston Mayor Annise Parker ...

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Texas A&M veterinarian in Galveston area to help animals in oil spill

A veterinarian from Texas A&M University arrived in the Galveston area Wednesday to help treat animals that have been soaked in oil in the Houston Ship Channel spill. Jill Heatley, an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, was called to the Galveston area after Saturday’s oil spill dumped as much as 168,000 gallons of oil ...

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Basin employers strive for good work environment


By Rachael Gleason, The Midland Reporter-Telegram Midlanders recall tough times and ruined fortunes after a promising oil boom turned sour more than three decades ago. Major oil corporations shut down and shipped out, businesses called it quits and banks failed as the demand for oil dried up in the 1980s. The nationwide oil glut left Midland in the dust. West ...

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Houston bayou’s evolution into busy port ongoing

port of houston

HOUSTON (AP) — A century ago, the Houston Ship Channel was nothing more than a bayou meandering into the Gulf of Mexico. Today, massive ocean-going vessels carrying thousands of containers zip in and out of the channel, where a barge collided with a ship over the weekend, spilling 170,000 gallons of gooey tar-like oil into the water. Though the cause ...

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CNG Grant Money Not Entirely Allocated; Two Stations Awarded Funds

CNG pump

Arkansas’ Clean Burning Motor Fuel Development Fund could only be filled up with a third of a tank this year, leaving three Fort Smith businesses with a “no go” on plans to build compressed natural gas stations. The Arkansas Legislature allocated $800,000 to the fund instead of the $2.4 million expected. Twenty applications were submitted for six $400,000 rebate grants ...

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‘Significant’ oil spill closes US ship channel

soiled beach

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat. A barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of the heavy oil collided with a ship ...

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Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration

shorebird profile

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Crews armed with infrared cameras planned to work through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. Booms were brought ...

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