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Marathon disappointed Galveston Bay workers reject contract offer


HOUSTON, May 19 (Reuters) – Marathon Petroleum Corp said on Tuesday it was disappointed by the rejection of a contract offer by striking workers at the company’s Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas. Workers on Monday overwhelmingly rejected the offer developed by a federal mediator working with the company and United Steelworkers union Local 13-1, which represents the strikers. ...

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Will summer camps inspire the next generation of oil and gas engineers?

Louisiana students will have the opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse into the oil and gas industry this summer. Fletcher Technical Community College and South Central Louisiana Technical College have teamed up with oil and gas companies in the region to facilitate three energy-minded camps meant to promote curiosity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Nicol Blanchard, the ...

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9 oil well deaths lead to warning about inhaling chemicals

DENVER — Federal officials are warning about the dangers of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers over the last five years. All of the deaths involved workers at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death. The Denver Post reports that most were ...

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US industrial output falls for 5th month on lower drilling

WASHINGTON — A plunge in energy-related drilling and sluggish manufacturing sent U.S. industrial output down for a fifth straight month in April. Overall industrial production slid 0.3 percent in April after a drop of the same size in March, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The figures suggest that weakness in manufacturing and mining is weighing heavily on the economy. Oil ...

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Initial unemployment claims drop in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 2 decreased from the previous week’s total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,498 from the previous week’s total of 2,737. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,273. The four-week moving average, which is ...

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Consol CEO defends retirees’ package


A former Consol Energy Inc. miner on Wednesday called the Cecil company’s treatment of some retirees “shameful” and asked board members to consider making cash payments to replace discontinued health benefits. “I don’t think it’s too much to ask that somehow we get a result to this situation,” Robert Long, 66, of Peters told about 75 employees, board members and ...

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U.S. private sector adds 169,000 jobs in April: ADP

U.S. private employers added 169,000 jobs last month, the fewest since January 2014 and far below economists’ expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 200,000 jobs. March’s private payrolls were revised down to an increase of 175,000 jobs from the previously ...

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