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City to finalize new oil and gas regs

After months of work, updates to Norman’s oil and gas regulations may not have the bite environmental reformers say they want. The proposed code changes will come before the Norman City Council on Tuesday, the sole item up for detailed discussion and adoption at the 6:30 p.m. meeting. “I think the ordinance we’re going to adopt on Tuesday goes a ...

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Driller pays more than $220,000 in OSHA fines

A drilling company involved in an industrial accident that killed three and injured two more has paid $221,200 in penalties for safety violations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Dan D Drilling was also placed on the OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Dan D Drilling Corporation faced penalties for safety violations discovered by OSHA while investigating a deadly ...

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OPEC sees more balanced oil market in 2016

LONDON (Reuters) – The global oil market should be more balanced next year as China and the developing world increase oil consumption while supply of shale oil from North America and other regions grows more slowly, OPEC said on Monday. In its monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said it expected world oil demand to increase by ...

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Low oil and gas prices show up in Wyoming economy

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s economy is showing signs of the drop in oil and gas prices, according to a new report by the state’s Economic Analysis Division. But the same report notes that those counties that don’t rely as heavily on the energy industry remained fairly stable, seeing modest year-over-year growth for the quarter. The report written by state economist ...

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RRC Chairman David Porter lights up Congress with export ban testimony

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The latest push for American oil exports happened yesterday day as Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter testified before the U.S. Agriculture Committee today on the importance and urgency of lifting the federal ban. Many like Porter see lifting the ban as a policy move to spur new American energy production and foster economic growth. In the his speech, the ...

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Ex-oil hand turns to crime during slump

Its still hard times for roustabouts and as some have taken to other fields of work, one Texas man turned to the black market of human smuggling for cash. According to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas, Brandon Lee Gamez was recently arrested near Freer, Texas. Federal prosecutors claim he drove a truck down a rural road known for drug ...

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