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Industry leaders award $83K in scholarships

CORPUS CHRISTI — Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company awarded scholarships to 62 South Texas students Monday. Spokeswoman Darcy Schroeder said the scholarships are meant to help the petroleum industry “deepen (its) workforce.” “It really allows kids to get excited about science and technology,” she said. Fifty two high school students received $1,500 scholarships each to the colleges and ...

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Marathon Galveston Bay refinery workers vote to continue strike

TEXAS CITY, Texas – Hourly workers at Marathon Petroleum Corp’s Galveston Bay, Texas, refinery voted on Monday to continue a strike, rejecting a contract proposal developed by a federal mediator aimed at ending a stoppage that has lasted three-and-a-half months. The workers voted by secret ballot at their Texas City, Texas, union hall within sight of the giant Marathon refining ...

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Lucas Energy loses Victory merger

Huston-based company Lucas Energy Inc. received unfortunate news last week as West Texas operator Victory Energy called off any further workings on a potential merger deal. The Houston Business Journal reported last Friday that Victory ended the nonbinding letter of intent on May 11. Both companies were allowed to end the working agreement for any reason. The deal would have ...

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Denton musical troupe pokes fun at new fracking bill

The Frackettes are back. A satirical musical troupe formed during the campaign in Denton to pass the first — and possibly last — municipal ban on hydraulic fracturing in Texas wants lawmakers to know how unhappy it is about a bill to prohibit cities from adopting similar bans. To the tune of Cabaret, the three women poke fun at the ...

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Construction to begin on sixth LNG export facility in Corpus Christi

Cheniere Energy, Inc. has announced that the ink on final investments is drying and the awaited liquefaction export project near Corpus Christi, Texas, is on the road to completion. On Wednesday, the company’s Board of Directors made the call to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. to commence construction of the first two natural gas liquefaction trains. The CCL Project ...

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Testing of drones in South Texas expanded to border, forests

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A South Texas university’s drone research has been expanded to include air traffic, border oversight and fire prevention. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday announced additional projects using unmanned aircraft. The school has collaborations with NASA, the Texas A&M Forest Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. A&M-Corpus Christi operates one ...

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Noble Energy to buy Rosetta Resources for about $2 bln

Oil and natural gas producer Noble Energy Inc said it would acquire Rosetta Resources Inc for about $2 billion in stock, highlighting a consolidation being driven by a steep fall in global oil prices. The deal will give Noble entry into the Eagle Ford Shale field and the oil and gas region of Permian Basin in Texas. Rosetta shareholders will ...

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Risk of tornadoes persists after 1 killed Saturday

DALLAS (AP) — A new tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service covers much of north and central Texas for most of Sunday. The weather service included Dallas and Austin in its latest tornado watch, which runs until 9 p.m. Sunday. One person was killed Saturday night and another left in critical condition after a tornado hit Cisco, a ...

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Oklahoma oil firms drilling but waiting to complete wells

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma energy companies are still drilling in spite of low oil prices, but they are putting off costly practices such as hydraulic fracturing until prices recover. Drilled uncompleted wells are a new trend in the oil patch, led both by lower oil prices and the drastic technological and procedural changes the industry has experienced over the past decade, ...

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Landowners’ rush for oil gets praise

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Congressman Mike Conaway credited the oil and gas renaissance to private landowners. “While the president brags on the renaissance, his team has done nothing to contribute to that,” Conaway said Thursday at the second day of the West Texas Energy Consortium annual conference in San Angelo. “Oil and gas production on public land has declined under ...

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