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SNP claim Labour ‘sat on their hands’ over oil jobs


Callum McCaig has branded the Labour Party “shameful” amid claims the SNP failed to act to protect North Sea oil and gas jobs. The Aberdeen South MP told a packed conference hall he would have “appreciated some help” from other MPs in his efforts to protect the “vital industry”. Mr McCaig was responding to comments from Kezia Dugdale reported in Energy Voice's sister publication the Press and Journal.

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Halliburton to pay back $18.3million in overtime wages


Halliburton is set to pay back $18.3million to more than 1,000 oil and gas workers after they were improperly exempted from overtime pay. The US Department of Labour said the oil company had improperly identified workers in 28 job categories as exempt from additional earnings under the Fair Labour Standards Act. Halliburton has already begun the process of paying back the accrued overtime for one of the largest settlements for the Labour Department in recent years.

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North Sea industry leaders not worried about Corbyn effect


North Sea oil and gas leaders have not thought about the impact of Jeremy Corbyn becoming leader of the Labour Party, an MP claimed yesterday. Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray said there was no point in people "wasting their time speculating" about the consequences of the left-winger winning the leadership race. Mr Corbyn is the favourite to be elected as the successor the Ed Miliband later this month.

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Labour pledges robust regulatory regime for fracking


Labour has pledged it would create a robust and regulatory regime before fracking for shale gas could go ahead. The political party made the vow as it unveiled its election manifesto just weeks before voters go to the polls. There was also a nod to the North Sea oil and gas sector, with a promise to provide long-term strategy for the industry, with more certainty on tax rates and measures to help exploit the potential for storing carbon emissions in offshore oil and gas fields. Labour has also pledged to freeze fuel bills until 2017.