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Challenging times continue for oil and gas companies

“Lower for longer” are the words being used to describe the oil and natural gas economic outlook for 2016, creating another whack at West Virginia’s energy sector. U.S. natural gas production could decline in 2016 for the first time in a decade, driven by low oil prices after 10 years of gangbusters growth from shale plays. To understand the decline ...

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Despite oil bust, Texas prepares more students for oil jobs

HOUSTON — The oil industry is mired in its latest bust, with thousands of jobs evaporating like flares flaming out over natural gas wells. But in Texas, education officials are preparing more young people for the oil patch, showing the state’s unshakeable commitment to the energy sector despite the employment uncertainties. The Houston school district is planning to expand its ...

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Struggling U.S. oil producers get credit lifeline amid downturn

NEW YORK – An autumn credit crunch was expected to hit many independent U.S. oil producers, starving the industry of billions of dollars and further denting company budgets and drilling plans. But banks that adjust their loans to energy companies every six months based on the oil price and volumes of reserves were more lenient than many expected this time, ...

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Obama climate plan puts squeeze on coal state governor

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democratic governors are being squeezed by the mandate in President Barack Obama’s climate change plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions — perhaps none more than Montana’s Steve Bullock, the one governor in a coal-producing state who faces re-election next year. The Obama plan puts a big target on Bullock’s back as he tries to avoid the fate ...

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Pittsburgh Mills foreclosure ‘not uncommon’ in Pittsburgh area

Observers say foreclosure proceedings filed Wednesday against the owner of the Pittsburgh Mills mall are not yet cause for alarm. “It’s really not uncommon,” said Sean Barrie, a research analyst with New York City-based firm Trepp LLC that provides market research for the real estate and banking industries. Barrie pointed to nine other commercial properties in the Pittsburgh region believed ...

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Oregon group eyes East Liberty site as Eastern home base

A Portland, Oregon, company that is a supplier for the new Ace Hotel in East Liberty is looking to make the neighborhood a base for its east coast operations. Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. is talking to the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority about buying the former City of Pittsburgh detective’s building at 206 N. Euclid Ave. with plans to use ...

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Allegheny Township residents consider appealing gas drill ruling

Three Allegheny Township residents are weighing whether to again appeal the zoning ordinance that permits Marcellus shale natural gas well drilling throughout the township. A Westmoreland County judge recently upheld a March decision of the Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board, which had refused to invalidate the township’s regulations pertaining to gas and oil operations. Willowbrook Road residents Dolores Frederick, Patricia ...

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Allegheny Township residents consider appealing gas drill ruling

Three Allegheny Township residents are weighing whether to again appeal the zoning ordinance that permits Marcellus shale natural gas well drilling throughout the township. A Westmoreland County judge recently upheld a March decision of the Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board, which had refused to invalidate the township’s regulations pertaining to gas and oil operations. Willowbrook Road residents Dolores Frederick, Patricia ...

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Ohio Politics Now: A look at John Kasich’s energy plan

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Want to know what’s happening in Ohio government and politics from Columbus to Washington, D.C.? We’ve got you covered. As Gov. John Kasich continues on the campaign Republican presidential nomination trail, Dispatch Washington bureau chief Jack Torry and Washington reporter Jessica Wehrman took a closer look at his energy plan. “John Kasich’s energy plan is aimed at sparking the economy ...

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