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Drilling lawsuit settled

LITTLE ROCK — Oil and gas company SEECO has agreed to pay $950,000 to the federal government to resolve allegations that it drilled into unleased, federally owned natural gas in Conway and Van Buren counties.

Murray lock closed, not dewatered

LITTLE ROCK — Although the Army Corps of Engineers closed Murray Lock on the Arkansas River Sunday so workers could “dewater” it to assess and repair the downstream lock gates, workers could not dewater the lock because maintenance issues made installation of a temporary dam impossible.