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Oil boom good for hotels, bad for traffic

As William Pack reports for the San Antonio Express-News, hoteliers are enjoying the benefits of the oil boom just as much as the oil and gas companies. In terms of hotel revenue, 75 percent of it comes from the most highly-productive Eagle Ford Shale counties alone.

Oil boom good for hotels, bad for traffic

As William Pack reports for the San Antonio Express-News, hoteliers are enjoying the benefits of the oil boom just as much as the oil and gas companies. In terms of hotel revenue, 75 percent of it comes from the most highly-productive Eagle Ford Shale counties alone.

Fracking Tank Explodes, Injures Oil and Gas Workers in South Texas

As Kristen Hays and Erwin Seba report for Reuters, the oil and gas firm Vann Energy Services has been hit with a citation from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after two oil and gas workers suffered injury from an exploding tank.

Road travel poses highest risk of serious injury for oil and gas workers: Part 3

In Part 3, we again focus on Ian Urbina's piece in the New York Times, which examines the problem of truck driving for the oil and gas industry, and how it's contributing to the rise in serious injuries and fatalities for those who work in the industry.

Road travel poses highest risk of serious injury for oil and gas workers: Part 3

In Part 3, we again focus on Ian Urbina's piece in the New York Times, which examines the problem of truck driving for the oil and gas industry, and how it's contributing to the rise in serious injuries and fatalities for those who work in the industry.

Road travel poses highest risk of serious injury for oil and gas workers: Part 2

In last week's post on trucking in the oil and gas industry, we wrote about Ian Urbina's piece in the New York Times, which reported that the greatest danger to oil and gas workers isn't on the oil rig itself but on the highway. And it's because workers in the oil and gas industry are often allowed to drive, for example, after having worked 17 hours straight.

Road travel poses highest risk of serious injury for oil and gas workers: Part 2

In last week's post on trucking in the oil and gas industry, we wrote about Ian Urbina's piece in the New York Times, which reported that the greatest danger to oil and gas workers isn't on the oil rig itself but on the highway. And it's because workers in the oil and gas industry are often allowed to drive, for example, after having worked 17 hours straight.

Road travel poses highest risk of serious injury for oil and gas workers: Part 1

In the latest in a series by the New York Times examining the oil boom and its associated risks, Ian Urbina writes that workers in the oil and gas industry face the greatest dangers on our nation's roads and highways, going to and from well sites on the Eagle Ford Shale, for instance, not while actually working on the well sites themselves.

Road travel poses highest risk of serious injury for oil and gas workers: Part 1

In the latest in a series by the New York Times examining the oil boom and its associated risks, Ian Urbina writes that workers in the oil and gas industry face the greatest dangers on our nation's roads and highways, going to and from well sites on the Eagle Ford Shale, for instance, not while actually working on the well sites themselves.

Truck driver gets prison time for making false entries in logbook

As David Chang reports for NBC 10, a truck driver who caused a major accident - when in his logbook he'd indicated he was sleeping in the cab of his truck - got more than a year in prison for making that false entry.

Truck driver gets prison time for making false entries in logbook

As David Chang reports for NBC 10, a truck driver who caused a major accident - when in his logbook he'd indicated he was sleeping in the cab of his truck - got more than a year in prison for making that false entry.

A whole new take on texting while driving

In a story by the Associated Press and published on NJ.com, one case making its way through the court system involves a terrible accident that resulted in the loss of a leg for both a husband and wife. The driver who caused the accident was texting while driving.

A whole new take on texting while driving

In a story by the Associated Press and published on NJ.com, one case making its way through the court system involves a terrible accident that resulted in the loss of a leg for both a husband and wife. The driver who caused the accident was texting while driving.

Driving while sleepy is a general problem for transportation workers

A recent survey indicates that people who work in the transportation industry, including truckers, train workers and pilots, report being sleepy on the job. And their sleepiness has directly contributed to "serious errors" or "near misses," as Ben Wolfgang reports for the Washington Times.

Driving while sleepy is a general problem for transportation workers

A recent survey indicates that people who work in the transportation industry, including truckers, train workers and pilots, report being sleepy on the job. And their sleepiness has directly contributed to "serious errors" or "near misses," as Ben Wolfgang reports for the Washington Times.

Barnett Shale: 'Gold Mine' or 'Curse'?

"There's a whole lake of oil down there," said the oil man, as Dianna Wray writes for the Victoria Advocate. "But we don't know how to get it." The oil man was years ago speaking to a married couple, homeowners who live on the Barnett Shale, when it was almost common knowledge that there was no feasible way to get at the oil under it.

Leave 'hydrofracking' to the states, say local officials

"Unreasonable," "unnecessary," "hijack," and "knee-jerk" are all words used by state lawmakers and other officials whose local economies largely rely on the oil and gas industry. They're referring to federal oversight of so-called "hydrofracking," oversight that poses a possible problem - or a solution, depending on your perspective.

Leave 'hydrofracking' to the states, say local officials

"Unreasonable," "unnecessary," "hijack," and "knee-jerk" are all words used by state lawmakers and other officials whose local economies largely rely on the oil and gas industry. They're referring to federal oversight of so-called "hydrofracking," oversight that poses a possible problem - or a solution, depending on your perspective.

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