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Obama calls for offshore drilling in Southeast

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday outlined a politically fraught plan for allowing oil and gas drilling offshore along parts of the Atlantic coast while imposing new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska.

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Alliance's Hillwood Commons lands first tenant

A large title insurance, property valuation and settlement services company is the first tenant at Hillwood Commons I, an office complex at Alliance Town Center.

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Museum District: Area’s evolution creating more interaction, public spaces

Fifteen years ago if someone had shot a cannon from Fort Worth’s world-renowned museum district, nobody would have noticed, joked Lori Eklund, senior deputy director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. But that has changed.

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Energy Transfer Partners, Regency Energy announce $18B merger

Energy Transfer Partners LP of Dallas and Regency Energy Partners LP have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

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Fort Worth's mayor looking for new chief of staff

Jason Lamers is leaving the city after 14 years to join Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

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Chesapeake Energy board approves spinoff

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chesapeake Energy Corp. said its board has approved a previously announced plan to spin off its oilfield services business into a separate, publicly traded company.

The Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas producer said Monday that the new company will be called Seventy Seven Energy Inc.

To separate the companies, Chesapeake shareholders will receive one share of Seventy Seven Energy for every 14 shares of Chesapeake stock they own as of June 19. No fractional shares of Seventy Seven Energy will be issued. Instead shareholders entitled to one will receive cash instead. The distribution is expected to happen June 30, after the market closes.

Seventy Seven Energy has applied to list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSE." Trading is expected to begin on July 1.

Seventy Seven Energy, based in Oklahoma City, provides drilling, hydraulic fracturing, oilfield rentals and other services to oil and gas producers.

Chesapeake first announced in February that it was planning to spin off the business to streamline its operations. In May, the company said the move would cut about $1.1 billion of debt from its balance sheets.

Shares of Chesapeake closed at $29.87 Friday. Its shares are up nearly 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

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