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Series of explosions rocks Texas oil field chemical supplier

CONROE, Texas (AP) — A series of explosions rocked an oil filed chemical supply company north of Houston on Friday, setting off a fire that sent a broad, dense column of thick, black smoke towering into the otherwise blue skies. DrillChem said no one was in the plant on the eastern fringe of Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston, ...

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What might prompt a short-covering rally in U.S. oil price? Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Hedge funds remained unusually bearish on U.S. oil prices last week even as the cost of WTI tumbled towards the lowest level since 2009. Hedge funds and other money managers held short positions in WTI-linked futures and options equivalent to more than 193 million barrels ...

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Dakota Access eyes properties for eminent domain

Last week, Texas-based Dakota Access LLC began filing paperwork with the Iowa Utilities Board identifying parcels of land on which it wants to secure easements to bury a crude oil pipeline under but has not reached agreements with the landowners. The documents currently single out 31 properties in Story County and another 48 in Boone County — just two of ...

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Central Texas district attorney serving 10 days for contempt

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas prosecutor has begun serving 10 days in jail for contempt of court for violating a gag order in a 2009 murder case. Williamson County jail records show District Attorney Jana Duty was being held Saturday. An attorney for Duty originally said the jail sentence and $500 fine would be appealed, but the prosecutor ...

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Landowners unable to terminate aging pipeline contracts

GONZALES COUNTY — A landowner stood on a hill of her property and watched as fire from a natural gas pipeline explosion 20 miles away near Cuero burned itself out. The red and orange flames were so bright, it looked like the setting sun. In that moment, Sarah “Sally” Birkner’s future flashed before her eyes. Under her property was a ...

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ERCOT warns of potential need for power outages

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After power consumption broke 2011 records for three consecutive days this month, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a call for conservation Thursday morning. During the peak period of 3 to 7 p.m., energy consumers in Texas are being asked to help keep the power grid in working condition by making changes to how they use their electricity. ERCOT ...

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Texas energy grid operator urges conservation on hot days

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The grid operator for Texas has urged conservation during peak electric demand hours of the hot summer. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas asked consumers to limit or reduce power usage from 3-7 p.m. Thursday. ERCOT officials in Austin say usage Wednesday surpassed 67,000 megawatts for the first time since 2011. Demand for the day peaked ...

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Oil company gets $130K fine

The Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District leveled a $130,000 fine against a small oil company accused of illegally dumping toxic waste water in a stretch of rural pasture near Imperial. The waste, known as produced water, emerges from an oil well after completion and contains potentially harmful organic and inorganic chemicals. Six of the 11 groundwater district members that attended ...

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Wastewater cleaning firm ‘ready for takeoff’

A company started from technology generated at Los Alamos National Laboratory is poised to take its machines that clean water around the world. The firm is called IX Power Clean Water and specializes in the design and manufacturing of portable and on-site machines for scrubbing and filtering the wastewater that is pulled from oil and gas wells. The innovation comes ...

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‘I will light you up,’ Texas officer warns Sandra Bland in video of controversial arrest

REPORTING FROM HEMPSTEAD, Texas — The video of Sandra Bland’s arrest, shot from the dashboard camera inside a police cruiser, shows a contentious confrontation between the officer and the woman who died three days later in a Texas jail cell. In the video of the July 10 incident, released by the Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday afternoon, Bland ...

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