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  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- Mexican crude oil is sailing to the U.S. East Coast at the highest rate in over a decade, according to customs data reviewed by Reuters, in a sign deepening discounts help crack open new markets as domestic shale inundates Texas. It was the refiner's first imports from Mexico since 2009, the furthest the data go back. Monroe has received two more...

  • The retrenchment at Civeo Corp, which provides temporary housing for oilfield workers and miners, is the most-severe symptom of pain inflicted on the oil service industry by the slide in crude prices, and may presage similar steps by peers. Analysts and investors say Civeo's problem is that it has spread itself geographically too thin, with not enough cash to...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Dec 29- Civeo Corp, which provides temporary housing for oilfield workers and miners, slashed its workforce on Monday and said revenue could fall by a third as slumping crude prices force oil producers to cut costs. The warning adds jitters to the already-wary global oil market and highlights weakness in Australia's coal industry, one of Civeo's...

  • Price plunge puts oil patch jobs at risk Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:54 PM ET
    A derrick hand works on an oil rig drilling into the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    Whlie falling oil prices are helping the U.S. economy, job prospects in the oil patch aren't so bright.

  • BISMARCK, N.D., Dec 19- Tumbling U.S. oil markets approached an important if obscure milestone on Thursday, closing near a price that could trigger a $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota oil drillers as soon as next summer. "We're really at the point where we could start calculating this," Ryan Rauschenberger, North Dakota's tax commissioner, said in an...

  • Frack no! Some locals lament NY ban: Report Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:12 AM ET
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo greets fracking protesters outside his office in New York December 17, 2014.

    While some are praising New York's decision to ban fracking, some business owners who were hoping for a drilling-related boom are disappointed.

  • BISMARCK, N.D., Dec 19- Tumbling U.S. oil markets hit an important if obscure milestone on Thursday, closing for the first time at a price that could trigger a $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota oil drillers as soon as next summer. "We're really at the point where we could start calculating this," Ryan Rauschenberger, North Dakota's tax commissioner, said...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- The most important characteristic of the U.S. oil industry is inertia- or to put it another way, drilling and production respond sluggishly even to a large change in prices. Since 1974, there have been four episodes in which oil prices declined sharply over a relatively short time. These price slumps occurred between December 1985 and July 1986;...

  • Slowdown signs emerge for oil states as crude slides Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:25 AM ET
    Workers prepare pipes used in the drilling of shale gas.

    Some of the nation's top oil states are showing early signs of a slowdown as a result of the plunge in crude prices.

  • That will widen Alaska's budget gap to almost $3.4 billiuon, Fitch said in a Dec. 11 report. States such as Texas, North Dakota, Alaska, Oklahoma and New Mexico are all likely to feel strains next year, Wells Fargo Securities municipal analyst Roy Eappen said in a recent report. Meanwhile, household sentiment in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas where memories...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 14- For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. The public assistance in states like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon comes as railroads are posting record profits, and...

  • Bakken-Cushing pipeline project slammed shut Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 11:01 AM ET
    Tomco oil workers sands facility sign, oil field, oil pipeline

    Enterprise Products Partners is shelving a pipeline that would have transported crude from North Dakota to Oklahoma, the company said Friday.

  • Best-known is Continental Resources, which lifted its hedges in early November, when oil was trading at around $83 a barrel, leaving it unprotected as prices slipped another $20, the most dramatic drop since the 2008 crisis. Apache Corp and Whiting Petroleum are also exposed to lower prices and have underperformed some peers over the past two weeks.

  • WASHINGTON/ OTTAWA, Dec 11- Top transportation officials from Canada and the United States are due to meet next week to hash out differences about safety regulations for trains that carry oil, sources familiar with the planned meeting said on Thursday. That crash involved old-style DOT-111 tanker cars that Canada wants taken off the tracks by May 2017.

  • Netflix Inc's second season of women's prison comedy "Orange is the New Black" landed a nod, alongside HBO's new tech satire " Silicon Valley"; Hispanic comedy "Jane the Virgin" from The CW, jointly owned by CBS and Warner Bros, and the only broadcast network show in the race; and Amazon Instant Video's transgender show, "Transparent. "The field of television is going...

  • Netflix Inc's second season of women's prison comedy "Orange is the New Black" landed a nod, alongside HBO's new tech satire " Silicon Valley"; Hispanic comedy "Jane the Virgin" from The CW, jointly owned by CBS and Warner Bros, and the only broadcast network show in the race; and Amazon Instant Video's transgender show, "Transparent. "The field of television is going...

  • Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado together account for almost 98 percent of the total rise in U.S. oil output since the beginning of 2008.. But Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado have collectively contributed almost an extra half million barrels per day compared with January 2008, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

  • *Oil price slump could herald return of mega-mergers. LONDON, Dec 10- Plunging oil prices look set to trigger another wave of industry consolidation after a decade when mega-deals were scarce, but investors want to see mergers that can squeeze out cost savings and only after a lavish dividend is paid. "Anyone who doesn't think consolidation is going to happen must...

  • BISMARCK, N.D., Dec 9- North Dakota has approved strict new standards for oil, requiring every barrel of crude be filtered for dangerous types of natural gas in order to make crude-by-rail transport safer. The new requirements come as federal, state and local officials grapple with how best to ensure the safe transport of North Dakota's crude oil, which has been...