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Texas solar company shining across the nation

Austin, Texas-based solar company Circular Energy is branching out of the lone star state and headed east in a new business venture. A national provider of solar energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers, Circular Energy recently announced its expansion to Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. In a press release, Circular announced Rob Liflander will lead the expansion ...

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Odessa Pumps under new ownership

A recently-announced transaction posed a win-win situation for DistributionNOW and its newly-acquired pump fabrication company Odessa Pumps, the Odessa American reports. DistributionNOW CEO Robert Workman said the acquisition will allow the company to expand its services further, while Odessa Pumps co-owners Toby and Sondra Oeff say will offer security and aid their business during the downturn. Although the exact terms ...

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Pioneer says increasing drilling activity as planned

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July 8 (Reuters) – U.S. shale exploration and production company Pioneer Natural Resources Co said on Wednesday it is increasing drilling activity in Texas following the sale of its stake in an Eagle Ford shale pipeline and processing business. The Dallas company’s optimism stands out in a market unnerved by a 15 percent drop in crude prices since late June. ...

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Comerica Bank: Texas economy still hurting

Fuel prices may be slowly creeping their way back up, but the Texas economy still suffers from this year’s slump in prices. Economists for Comerica Bank attributed the 2.7 percent dip in the bank’s Texas Economic Activity Index to 98.5 percent to the decline and slow recovery of oil and gas prices, the San Antonio Business Journal reports. “The Texas ...

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New research fuels ongoing fight over methane emissions

Eleven new studies published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology today suggest that methane emissions in North Texas are 50 percent higher than estimates based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas inventory, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. In 2013, the EPA dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas such as methane, ...

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South Texas oil field services company wins appeal


The Department of Labor may pay even more to a South Texas oil-field services company’s legal fees. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled last week the government acted in bad faith by stonewalling Gate Guard Services after it erroneously calculated the business owed $6 million in back pay. Federal Judge John Rainey, of Victoria, ruled in ...

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Look out, East Texas, Legacy Reserves is coming for you

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Legacy Reserves LP has set its sights on East Texas, dropping a total of $440 million on natural gas properties from Anadarko Petroleum and Western Gas Partners LP. The master limited partnership announced Monday that the purchase nabbed it a wealth of assets, including 567 miles of high- pressure pipeline and low-pressure gathering lines as well as 502 million cubic ...

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Drought conditions improve in N.M. as rainy season begins

While some other parts of the Southwest continue to suffer an exceptional drought, Northern New Mexico residents are experiencing wetter conditions than they have seen in recent years as the annual summer monsoon gets into full swing this week. As storms rolled through the area Monday afternoon, National Weather Service forecasters in Albuquerque said the central part of the state, ...

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