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Texas oil boom is tearing up roadways, literally

While the oil boom in the U.S. has impacted the economy enormously, booming areas have also seen some negative effects. Oil traffic has caused serious damage to roads, costing some people their lives. Every day, thousands of 18-wheelers transporting flammable substances and equipment travel across Texas roads that are ill-prepared to handle them.  The roads are cracked, chipped, and extremely crowded.  ...

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Victim from drilling rig fire dies in San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO — Authorities say a worker who suffered burns last month in a South Texas drilling rig fire has died at a San Antonio hospital. KSAT-TV reported Monday that 50-year-old Roel Rodriguez was among five workers injured in the Oct. 24 accident. Officials say fire broke out at the site about 20 miles east of Cotulla (kuh-TOO’-luh) as workers ...

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Crude fueling spike in port revenues

CORPUS CHRISTI – Crude oil continues to sail through the Port of Corpus Christi at a record pace, but at least one economist believes the area’s fortunes can get even better once America’s 40-year ban on crude exports is lifted. A total of 63.3 million tons of petroleum and chemicals made their way through the port in the first nine ...

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Local control — unless it nicks oil industry

In landslide fashion, voters in Denton decided Tuesday to ban further hydraulic fracturing within their city, making Denton the first city in Texas to prohibit the drilling technique. The vote marks the beginning of an interesting legal and political battle over local control. Denton voters knew they were courting trouble by considering a ban on fracking, but they determinedly declared ...

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Plains All American Pipeline and Enterprise Products gear up for Eagle Ford projects

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. and Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced their newest join venture today happening in Eagle Ford Country. The two companies stated that they are constructing a new condensate gathering system into their Three Rivers terminal and doubling the mainline capacity of the existing Eagle Ford infrastructure. A press release on behalf of the companies stated that ...

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Eagle Ford giving new life to ghost town

HELENA — On a hot Saturday at high noon, Helena seemed like the frontier town it once was. Spurs jangled. A crowd gathered to watch a gunfight. Shots rang out. In the self-proclaimed “toughest town on earth,” where horse thieves, cattle rustlers, brawls and vendettas were part of the fabric of early Texas life, the sheriff and the son of ...

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City hires new water director

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SAN ANGELO, Texas — The city’s new water utilities director hopes to draw on his decades of experience to help San Angelo meet its water challenges. “This is certainly an exciting time to be leading San Angelo’s water utilities department,” Bill Riley, who will begin work for the city Dec. 1, said in a city news release this week. “I ...

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Monthly numbers: Yup, Texas is still crude king

The Railroad Commission of Texas released their monthly oil and gas statistics yesterday. To no surprise, Texas is still the best when it comes to producing black gold, but just so everyone is on the up-and-up, here are the latest numbers crunched by the RRC. Because, let’s face it, it’s nice to see evidence of being the best. As of ...

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Taylor pushing for water pipeline deal

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SAN ANTONIO — Framing it as necessary to support the region’s growth, Mayor Ivy Taylor on Tuesday joined business leaders, former Mayor Henry Cisneros and Councilman Joe Krier to endorse the proposed 142-mile water pipeline from Burleson County to San Antonio. The City Council on Thursday is set to decide whether to approve the $3.4 billion project, which would be ...

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Anadarko-affiliated partnership purchases Nuevo Midstream

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Western Gas Partners, formed by Anadarko Petroleum Corp., is paying $1.5 billion for the Houston, Texas-based midstream company, Nuevo Midstream. Nuevo Midstream focuses on gathering, processing and transporting oil and gas from the Permian Basin. The assets of the company include a processing plant, a treatment facility, four compression stations and a 275-mile gas gathering system.  The company also has ...

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