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Odessa car theft results in multiple stab wounds

A 22-year-old man sustained serious injuries in a stabbing that erupted Wednesday after he tried to retrieve his stolen car. The Odessa American reports Jose Pinon-Arroyo was pumping gas at a Stripes gas station on West University in Odessa when a man stole his gold Ford Contour and drove off. Pinon-Arroyo later spotted the suspect inside the stolen vehicle and ...

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Far from over: 11,000 jobs on the chopping block

Even with the promising signs that the oil slump is subsiding, oil and gas workers in Oklahoma may suffer another wave of job cuts by the year’s end. A News on 6 report on Wednesday stated that 11,000 Oklahomans working in the oil and gas industry could lose their jobs by the end of 2015. The economic research company Region ...

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Odessa mulls annexation

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City of Odessa officials are once again considering annexing industrial land as part of a continued effort to smooth city boundaries and shore up the municipal tax base. Last year, the Odessa City Council scaled back annexation plans after protests from some business owners such as Dick Sivalls of Sivalls Inc., who were worried about the impact of local building ...

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Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil companies

WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state’s energy companies. Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have ...

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Perryman offers outlook for each Texas metro

How are Texas cities holding up during the shaky energy outlook? According to a report in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from economist M. Ray Perryman, CEO of the Waco-based Perryman group, most metro areas continue to thrive, but the energy slowdown hit some harder than others. The following were his forecasts for each city: Austin-Round Rock Metro Statistical Area Identified as ...

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Texas officials find (again) air emissions safe in the Barnett shale

A recent peer-reviewed study is a gust of fresh air for shale development in Texas. Analysis found that North Texas natural gas drilling in the Barnett Shale has not contributed to dangerous increases in harmful levels of air emissions. In a study published by scientists at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in the Journal of Unconventional Oil and ...

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USGS says the Utica uses A LOT of water

New research says Ohio’s Utica Shale in the eastern part of the state is one of the top water consuming areas in the nation. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), its new study provides the first comprehensive nationwide data on water used during fracking. As reported by the Columbus Business First, “The general consensus: Fracking ‘uses large amounts of ...

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EPA should have considered costs of air rule sooner, court says


A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court said today that the federal Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs before it decided to regulate hazardous air pollutant emissions from coal-fired power plants, not just when determining exactly what regulatory limits for mercury and other air toxics should apply. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled against EPA in a closely watched ...

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