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Arkansas Year in Review: Top 10 Business Stories of 2023Lock Icon

Businesses and consumers in Arkansas and the rest of the country spent 2023 in the shadow of rising interest rates. Businesses dealt with other adversity, including rising insurance rates and a deadly March tornado. Other stories this year were more hopeful. read more >
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What to Watch in 2024 (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Lithium, steel and, yes, politics will make 2024 a big year for business in Arkansas. read more >
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Exxon Mobil Dives Into South Arkansas

Commercializing lithium should be natural for the Natural State, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last week as Exxon Mobil Corp. announced the start of major brine operations in south Arkansas. read more >
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A Gusher for an Era of EVs?Lock Icon

The lithium race, like the boom that followed drillers striking oil in the Smackover Formation a century ago, could transform Magnolia, El Dorado and the entire region. read more >
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Exxon Investment Didn’t Surprise Standard’s MintakLock Icon

Exxon Mobil Corp.'s $100 million investment in Arkansas land leases was a validation of Standard Lithium's six years of work here, its CEO says. read more >
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Whisenhunt Appeals Case Against Exxon Mobile, XTO

The investment arm of Little Rock commercial developer Joe Whisenhunt will appeal a ruling involving allegations that it was shortchanged on natural gas royalties by Exxon Mobile Corp., its subsidiary XTO Energy and other firms. read more >
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Feds Want Tougher Rules for Pipelines After Series of Spills

U.S. officials said Thursday they want tighter safety rules for pipelines carrying crude oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids after a series of ruptures that included the costliest onshore oil spill in the nation's history in Michigan. read more >
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Agency Fines Exxon Subsidiary $2.6M Over Mayflower Spill

Federal regulators are assessing a $2.6 million civil penalty against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. for the 2013 oil spill. read more >
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Mayflower Oil Spill Consent Decree Put Up for Court Approval

The federal government has asked a U.S. District Court judge to approve a final version of a consent decree with the state of Arkansas and Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower in central Arkansas. read more >
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Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

In the past decade, the players in the Fayetteville Shale have shuffled and consolidated, drilling has peaked and retreated, employment has expanded and contracted, technology has advanced, environmental and infrastructure concerns have reared their heads and government has responded. read more >
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Royalty Owners Haul Exxon Subsidiary XTO to Court Over Royalties

Independence County plaintiffs say in a federal lawsuit that XTO wasn’t getting the highest price possible for natural gas because it was selling the product to its own subsidiary, Cross Timbers Energy Services Inc., at below-market prices. read more >