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Noble Energy to Buy Clayton Williams for $2.7 Billion

“Noble Energy has agreed to purchase West Texas oil producer Clayton Williams Energy for $2.7 billion in cash and stock, the company said Monday. It’s part of the Houston oil producer’s efforts to expand its operation in the Delaware Basin in West Texas.” Learn more at FuelFix and the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

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Pennsylvania township OKs $6 billion ethane cracker plant

Supervisors in Potter Township, Pennsylvania have granted a conditional permit for a $6 billion ethane cracker plant proposed by Shell Chemicals. Shell has said the plant will create 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs once the plant opens. Learn more at CT Post.

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How Important is the Fuel Mandate?

“Weeks before lawmakers return to the Capitol for what’s shaping up as a difficult 2017 session, one of their signature goals is facing serious challenges. A special committee that toured the state for months to craft plans for shoring up Oregon’s transportation system has yet to agree on what a multimillion-dollar proposal should look like. They don’t know which projects …

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Fossil Fuel Divestment is a Bad Practice for Vermont

Marie Leotta, former candidate for the Vermont Legislature in 2016, has published her opinion on fossil fuel divestment in Vermont and the injury to pensioners’ livelihoods on a “symbolic” divestment campaign: “In 2016, Vermont became the battleground state for the divestment movement as activists called on the Vermont pension to sell off all fossil fuel holdings. But time and time …

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If Trump Kills Clean Power Plan, Legal Action Ensues, Warn 15 States

“Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it. Democratic attorneys general in 15 states plus four cities and counties sent a letter to Trump asking him to preserve Obama’s Clean …

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Energy sabotage costs state jobs

“Election post mortems often mention how blue collar Democrats abandoned their party in big numbers, tipping the race toward President-elect Donald Trump. But only rarely do writers link these politically damaging defections to the party’s job-killing energy attitudes, though to me the connection is crystal clear.” Read more at The Pueblo Chieftain.

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States Face Off Over Future Of Obama Global Warming Plan

“Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it.” Read more at News 9.

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Skilled craft workers needed!

From Brownsville to New Orleans, Gulf Coast refiners now face a severe shortage of skilled craft workers for facility maintenance and repair. They’re hiring, they’re paying good money – and some are even training new workers. Reuters reports that 37,000 workers are needed now as America’s oil and gas industry performs needed repairs to facilities in the Gulf.  Pipe fitters, …