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US rig count drops to 443 this week, Texas loses 7

US rig count drops to 443 this week, Texas loses 7

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by seven this week to 443, another all-time low amid depressed energy industry prices. A year ago, 988 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 354 rigs sought oil and 89 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- ...

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Several earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma

Several earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded several small to moderate earthquakes in Oklahoma, including a magnitude 4.0 quake. The temblor was recorded at 5:27 p.m. Thursday, 1 mile north of Luther — or 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries or damage are reported. The quake is one of ...

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23.5M acres off Texas up for oil, gas leases in August

23.5M acres off Texas up for oil, gas leases in August

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government will offer 23.5 million acres off of Texas for oil and gas leases in August. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says that’s all the available waterbottom in the western Gulf of Mexico. Spokesman John Filostrat (FIL-oh-strat) says the agency has not chosen a date or location. Last August marked the smallest sale ...

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Texas oil and gas regulator dashes Army Corps’ drilling rule

Texas oil and gas regulator dashes Army Corps' drilling rule

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) — Texas’ oil and gas regulator has challenged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ authority to ban hydraulic fracturing and limit injection wells near a North Texas dam. In a letter sent to the corps on Thursday, Texas Railroad Commission Executive Director Kimberly Corley questioned restrictions the corps announced last week that would ban fracking within ...

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New Mexico reviews water injection wells for damages

Injection well used to dispose of oil field wastewater. (Image: Faces of Fracking via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state land commissioner is ordering a broad examination of easements for injection wells used by the oil and natural gas industry to dispose of waste saltwater, in response to environmental damage at a site in the southeast of the state. State regulators blame Midland, Texas-based Siana Operating for spills of oily water at ...

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