Central Kansas hit by 4.2 magnitude earthquake

Central Kansas was shaken Friday morning by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake that knocked items from store shelves in Hutchinson. It was followed by a Friday night aftershock that measured 3.0 magnitude. KWCH TV reported that several Hutchinson businesses had cleanup on their agendas Friday after a 4.2-magnitude earthquake shakes the Reno County community. At Egbert …

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Decline continues in oil and gas rig numbers in Oklahoma

  Oklahoma continues to see a decline in the number of active oil and gas rigs as the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. show 85 active rigs, down one from a week ago. A year earlier, the state had 140 active rigs. Nationally, the count increased by one to reach 935 rigs, down 122 …

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Energy sector employment rose in July in Oklahoma

Employment in Oklahoma’s energy sector apparently increased from June to July this summer but it also dropped compared to July of 2018. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission released the state’s latest jobless figures on Friday showing Oklahoma’s unemployment rate remained at 3.2 percent in July, same as the rate in June. Out of a labor …

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Boil order lifted in Valliant

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has announced that the boil order for the Valliant Public Works Authority, located in McCurtain County, has been lifted. The water is now safe for human consumption. The order to boil water was issued due to the presence of E. coli. State and federal regulations require that customers be notified …

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Safety award given to Comanche Electric

The workers at Comanche Electric were honored by the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO). Comanche placed first in the MESO’s annual Electric Safety Competition for 2018 in the category for cities with under 10,000 population. The award is based on Comanche Electric’s “no lost of work time,” this means there was no reports of …

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Corporation Commission’s Storage Tank Advisory Council to meet

The Storage Tank Advisory Council of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission will meet Tuesday to discuss proposed new rules. An announcement by the Commission indicated the rules are those proposed by the Petroleum Storage Tank Division. The meeting will be Tuesday, August 20 at 2 p.m. in the Corporation Commission’s Public Utilities Department Conference room, room …

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More energy companies head to bankruptcy court

After a recovery from the last oil bust, energy bankruptcies are back on the rise in 2019. The Houston Chronicle reports the number of oil and gas bankruptcy filings through mid-August has nearly equaled the total tally from 2018, and the aggregate debt from 2019 bankruptcy filings of almost $20 billion has already surpassed the …

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Oklahoma wants EPA authority to regulate fracking wastewater

Texas and Oklahoma are seeking federal permission to regulate fracking wastewater under their own programs, raising concern among environmentalists who fear that oil and gas companies will eventually be allowed to discharge toxic chemicals into streams and rivers. Bloomberg Environment reports the two states, both big oil and gas producers, are asking the Environmental Protection …

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Minor earthquakes reported across Oklahoma

A handful of minor earthquakes has been recorded across Oklahoma in the past week by the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The strongest measured 2.2 magnitude in McClain County in central Oklahoma and was recorded at 17 minutes past midnight on Friday morning. A quake that measured 1.9 magnitude early Friday morning was recorded in Grant County …

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New crude oil pipeline begins operations in Permian Basin

  Reuters reports that San Antonio’s EPIC Midstream Holdings Inc on Thursday began shipping crude oil on its 400,000 barrel per day (bpd) pipeline from the Permian Basin to the U.S. Gulf Coast, pushing Midland crude prices higher. Terminal operator Moda Midstream LLC confirmed it would be accepting the Permian crude from the EPIC line …

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