January 16, 2018 archive

OSBI Probes Tracking Device Found on Legislator’s Truck

A longtime critic of the wind industry in the state, Rep. Mark McBride (R-Moore) was targeted by someone using a remote tracking device found under the legislator’s pickup truck. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has opened a probe into the discovery, according to the political website, NonDoc. McBride indicated he found the tracking device …

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New Leadership at Noble Corporation

A woman is now chairman, president and CEO of Noble Corporation PLC, the company that got its start in Oklahoma. with U.S. offices in Houston but headquartered in London. David Williams retired last week and the company appointed Julie Robertson as his successor in all three positions. Williams will stay with the company through February …

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Wind Coalition Joins Step Up Oklahoma—But Questions New Taxes on Wind

The Wind Coalition is joining Step Up Oklahoma in working to fix Oklahoma’s budget crisis. But it’s also hesitant in supporting new taxes on the wind industry as a way of solving the problem. Jeffrey Clark, executive director of the Coalition was asked this week by the newly-formed group of business and civic leaders who …

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Congress to Explore How EPA Draws up Superfund Lists

While the EPA deals with a superfund site in Midwest City, its efforts at cleaning up the rest of the nation’s most polluted tracts will be under review Thursday in a House subcommittee hearing. The Energy and Commerce’s Environment Subcommittee, led by Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus is curious about how the agency came up …

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Clean Line Energy Deflated by TVA’s Rejection of Wind Powered Electricity

In the midst of spending billions on construction of a 700-mile transmission line from the Panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas to Tennessee, a Houston company has been told one of the biggest customers it was planning on won’t be part of the deal. The Tennessee Valley Authority recently decided not to buy wind-powered electricity from …

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Arizona Power Company Seeks More Wind Powered Electricity

With a 100 MW wind farm already under development in western New Mexico, Tucson Electric Power has plans of yet another large wind powered project. It’s issued a request for proposals for the design and construction of new resources to power nearly 31,000 homes a year. The company will seek bids for wind energy from …

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Enable to Release 4 Q Earnings in February

After reporting a third quarter drop in earnings, Oklahoma City-based Enable Midstream Partners LP will release its fourth quarter and year-end 2017 financial results next month. The company, with 13,000 miles of gathering pipelines plans a release before market hours on Tuesday, Feb. 20. It will hold a conference call later in the day at …

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Austin Firm Makes $2 billion Purchase of Energy Transfer Subsidiary

Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company that left Tulsa’s Williams Cos. waiting at the merger altar 18 months ago has just completed a nearly $2 billion sale of its subsidiaries to¬† USA Compression Partners, LP. of Austin, Texas. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. announced Tuesday the $1.8 billion sale of its …

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Supreme Court Decision on Internet Sales Tax Will Affect Oklahoma

The subject of a sales tax on internet shopping sales is a thorny issue for most states including Oklahoma. But soon, perhaps, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states can require retailers to collect sales tax for online purchases. It’s a subject that certainly had the attention of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin in 2017. …

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Rep. Bridenstine Also Has His Supporters to Be Next NASA Administrator

After being re-nominated by President Trump to become the next NASA administrator, Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine still faces a bumpy road in a confirmation process. When the U.S. Senate failed to take up Bridenstine’s nomination before the end of 2017, the White House had to nominated him again to be considered in 2018. On …

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