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Companies in West Texas oil patch need production workers

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Three years ago, when crude prices still floated above $100 a barrel and the nation's oil fields were booming, Clint Concord could hire 20 new workers a day in the West Texas oil patch to meet the constant demand from his prod...

 By Collin Eaton    Regional    July 30, 2017

Some West Texas oil field workers acknowledge drug use

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Eddy Lozoya never failed a drug test in the three years he hauled water and sand across the West Texas oil patch, even though he used at least $200 a day in cocaine to keep his eyes open on brutally long days behind the wheel...


Monster oil rigs draw attention in Texas for faster drilling

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil companies are shelling out more cash and signing long contracts for a limited supply of monster rigs that drill wells much faster than the older models that led the U.S. first shale boom. The Houston Chronicle reports some rig...


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