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Eagle Ford shale to benefit from $3.6B pipeline projects

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Eagle Ford shale producers are benefiting from Mexico’s need for more electricity. Mexico’s state-owned Federal Electricity Commission recently awarded $3.6 billion in pipeline projects to TransCanada, Spectra Energy and others. The projects will transport shale gas from Texas to Mexico to help meet the country’s growing electricity needs. For decades, Mexico’s electric power infrastructure has been hampered by inefficiency and ...

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North Texas man gets 6 years for wind farm investment fraud

Wind turbine blades awaiting installation in Freeport, Texas. (Image: Patrick Feller via Flickr)

DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas man must serve six years in federal prison for running a wind farm investment scam. David Lyman Spalding of Colleyville was sentenced Tuesday in Dallas and ordered to repay nearly $3.4 million. A jury last April convicted the 62-year-old Spalding of wire fraud, mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud and providing false testimony under oath. Prosecutors ...

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Texas cities ask federal officials to cancel drilling leases

Aerial view of Lewisville Lake and Dam on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Denton County, Texas, USA. The lake is located near the town of Lewisville about 20 miles (32 km) north of Dallas. The dam was constructed in 1954 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and water supply. View is to the north. (Image U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Some North Texas cities and environmental groups have asked federal officials to halt plans to allow gas drilling under a lake that’s a drinking water source for millions and has a dam cited by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as being in hazardous condition. As many as 259 acres are up for auction for natural gas ...

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Texas gas prices down a nickel to average $1.53 per gallon

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas retail gasoline prices continue to slide by dropping a nickel this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $1.53 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices fell 7 cents this week to reach $1.70 per gallon. Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline this week across Texas at an average $1.34 per ...

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Texas, nationwide gasoline prices continue to decline

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and nationwide continue to slide amid declining crude oil prices. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide has slipped 3 cents this week to settle at $1.58 per gallon. U.S. retail gas prices are down a nickel, to reach $1.77 per gallon. Amarillo has the cheapest ...

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Southwestern Energy to shed 1,100 jobs

Southwestern Energy to shed 1,100 jobs

Southwestern Energy Co. announced layoffs Thursday as drilling activity stalls. The Houston-based company will reduce its workforce by more than 40 percent, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The oil and natural gas driller expects to shed 1,100 jobs as it copes with falling natural gas prices. About 300 of those laid off are part of Southwestern’s ...

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Texas lawyer files suit in Marathon refinery fire

Texas lawyer files suit in Marathon refinery fire

A Texas lawyer filed a lawsuit, on behalf of Samuel Salache, against Marathon Petroleum Company, Ray Brooks and Innovative Ventilation Systems Inc. On Jan. 11, Salache was working as a foreman at the Marathon Refinery in Texas City, Texas, when a fire occurred. A spark ignited fumes causing an intense fire. According to a press release, Salache ensured that his ...

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Three workers injured in Marathon refinery fire

Three workers injured in Marathon refinery fire

A fire left three workers injured early Monday morning at the Marathon Petroleum Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City. According to company spokesman Hamal T. Kheiry, the fire was reported about 2:45 a.m. in a unit down for scheduled maintenance. One worker was transferred to a burn center in Galveston via helicopter. Two others were treated on site for minor ...

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Oil slump weighing on housing markets in Texas, North Dakota

There’s a dark side to those delightfully low gas prices: Housing markets are slumping in communities that were recently flush from the U.S. shale oil fracking boom. Home sales are down sharply this year in North Dakota and the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa. Home sales have also slowed in El Paso, and, more recently, in Houston. The ...

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State regulators reject requests to toss out Keystone XL

PIERRE, S.D. — State regulators could make a decision as early as next month on whether to again approve the South Dakota portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The state Public Utilities Commission denied requests Tuesday to throw out the pipeline project. Opponents argued that President Barack Obama killed the pipeline in November. William Taylor is an attorney for TransCanada ...

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