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Crude oil prices reach 18-month high
The Washington Post
Crude oil prices jumped nearly 3 percent to an 18-month high, capping an increase of about 20 percent over the past two months as a result of scattered supply disruptions and rising anxiety about war and political instability in the Middle East.
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US energy independence is about freedom
Hays Post
The current conflict in the Middle East only underscores the need for increased domestic energy production. Unrest in oil producing regions around the world will always cause fluctuations in the price of oil. Markets will always react to uncertainty, whatever the source. At its core, U.S. energy independence is about freedom. When the U.S. is not reliant upon oil from conflict regions, we have more flexibility in responding to these inevitable crises. More energy independence gives the U.S. the ability to walk away from or not be drawn into regional conflicts in order to impose oil market stability.
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Oil and gas taking farm workers
Daily Herald
Farmers and dairymen nationwide are struggling to find enough workers, but some northern Colorado producers say they're facing an additional labor challenge: The area's booming oil and gas industry is taking away even more help. In recent years, many in agriculture have said worker shortages are an increasing problem, and studies and reports have backed up such claims.
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Residents, workers evacuate from site of oil rig explosion
Victoria Advocate
One day later, oil rig worker Scott Marshall still cries at the mere thought that it could have been the last time he saw his wife and two children. Moments before an intense explosion shook the countryside just outside of Yoakum, Texas. Marshall was unhinging the bolts to the blast's culprit, a Nabors drilling rig on County Road 338.
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Oil workers in public outcry over helo safety record
Aviation Week
The sobering images of wreckage floating in the waters off the Shetland Islands are a stark reminder of the dangers faced by offshore oil workers traveling by helicopter. But the deaths of four workers following the crash of a CHC Scotia-operated Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma on Aug. 23 have sparked an unprecedented public outcry that could end up having a dramatic effect on both the oil and gas industry and the helicopter operators that support it.
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Oil field workers get state-of-the-art training
Prairie Business
A state-of-the art drilling simulator is helping Bakken oil and gas operators work more safely. The TrainND workforce program at Williston State College houses a full-sized drilling simulator used to train supervisor-level oil industry employees. The only other equivalent simulators are at training centers in Texas, Louisiana and Abu Dhabi, said TrainND petroleum instructor Dave Bartenhagen. "It's a pretty neat piece of equipment," he said. "The level of realism is just tremendous."
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Electronic cigarette sales surpass the $1billion mark
Convenience Store New
Combined sales of electronic cigarettes — both from online and at brick-and-mortar stores — have exceeded $1 billion and could reach $1.7 billion to close out the year. "Conservative data indicates that traditional electronic cigarette retail sales on an annualized basis are $700 million," said Bonnie Herzog, managing director of tobacco, beverage and consumer research at Wells Fargo Securities LLC. "When combined with online sales, the industry has now exceeded $1 billion for the first time ever, with the consumption of e-cigs likely surpassing that of traditional cigarettes in the next decade."
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TransCanada Keystone wins right to cross Texas family farm
Bloomberg News
TransCanada Corp. won a state appeals court ruling allowing it to lay the Keystone XL pipeline across a family farm in northeastern Texas, eliminating one of the last obstacles to completion of the southern leg of the Canadian tar-sands line. Julia Trigg Crawford claimed TransCanada lacked the right to use state eminent domain laws to cross her 600-acre family farm near the Oklahoma border without her permission.
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