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Texas income tax question on the ballot

Texans are now voting on 10 amendments to the state constitution. Proposition #4  deals with a state income tax. Proposition #7 pertains to the permanent school fund, which invests revenue from state-owned lands — such as leasing mineral rights to oil and gas companies.     Read the full article here Source: KTEN.com

USGS estimates huge jump in Marcellus, Utica gas

The Marcellus and Point Pleasant-Utica Shale plays in the Appalachian Basin contain an estimated mean of 214 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered. “Watching our estimates for the Marcellus rise from 2 trillion, to 84 trillion, to 97 trillion in under 20 years demonstrates the effects American ingenuity and new technology can have,” said USGS director […]

Occidental closes $3.9B deal, reveals how much it’s divested since acquiring Anadarko

Houston-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) has been planning to sell $10 billion to $15 billion worth of assets since inking a deal to acquire The Woodlands-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. earlier this year. The $55 billion acquisition, including the assumption of debt, closed Aug. 8, and Occidental provided an update on its divestiture and deleveraging efforts on Sept. 30. […]