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State probing fish kill on water near Black Warrior River

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PARRISH, Ala. (AP) — State officials are investigating after dozens of dead fish were found floating in waters that flow into the Black Warrior River. Al.com reports (bit.ly/28IROkQ) that the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Alabama Department of Environmental Management are investigating the fish kill in the Mulberry Fork of the river, near a coal-fired power plant ...

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GE O&G and Technip partnering to develop digital LNG solutions

GE O&G and technip

Two O&G and Tech industry giants, GE Oil & Gas and Technip, have entered into a preliminary agreement for a “joint project to explore area to co-develop digital solutions for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry,” according to a release. “This partnership is a milestone for the oil and gas industry’s digital journey,” said Rod Christie, president and CEO of ...

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Helis Oil & Gas to begin St. Tammany fracking project

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COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Helis Oil & Gas is set to begin drilling on an exploratory well for a proposed fracking project near Mandeville. Media outlets report project manager Mike Barham says the company plans to begin moving a 100-foot-tall drilling rig onto the site on June 29. Barham says once the rig is in place, the drilling is expected ...

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2015 Louisiana economy slows as government, services shrink

Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New figures show Louisiana’s economy slowed in 2015, but expanding refineries and chemical plants kept growth alive despite low oil prices, a shrinking private service sector and lower government activity. Gross domestic product numbers released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all the economic output of each state. Louisiana’s economy grew ...

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Nearly 4 years later, Assumption sinkhole more stable

BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) — A massive sinkhole that went viral in 2013 swallowing trees in Assumption Parish and forcing more than 300 residents from their homes has quieted down as officials slowly allow residents to come home. The sinkhole, located in Bayou Corne about 30 miles northwest of Thibodaux, is still growing. Assumption Parish Government officials say it has ...

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US rig count rises 6 last week to 414, 2nd week of gains

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by six last week to 414, the second consecutive week the count has increased after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid collapsed energy prices. A year ago, 859 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes ...

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Retail gasoline prices up 3 cents in Texas, nationwide

Texas, gasoline prices

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and nationwide are up 3 cents this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump across the state was $2.15 per gallon. The nationwide average reached $2.36 per gallon. Drivers in Amarillo have the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at $2.03 per gallon. The association survey ...

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$7M in oil spill money taken from attorney general’s office

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Landry will have to return a $7 million oil spill recovery payment given to his agency, under a bill sent to the governor in the final minutes of the legislative session. Landry tried unsuccessfully to get the language struck from the bill, saying the cut pushed by the Senate could damage his ...

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US rig count sees first significant jump of 2016

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by four this week to 408, the first rig count gain in months and halting a slide that pushed the count to record-low levels amid collapsed energy prices. A year ago, 868 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said ...

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SLCC to offer new diploma program in oil, gas field

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — South Louisiana Community College will offer a new technical diploma program in oil and gas production technology, which is set to begin during the fall semester at the college’s New Iberia campus. The new program was announced Tuesday in a news release. The 45-credit-hour program includes core instruction in oil and gas regulations; safety; pneumatic ...

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