July 6, 2018 archive

Oil and gas rig activity increased in Oklahoma and the U.S. in past week

Both Oklahoma and the U.S. reported increased oil and gas rig activity over the past week. Oklahoma’s count grew by one to reach 141 while nationally, the count increased b6 5 to reach 1,052 rigs. The national count included 5 more oil rigs to hit 863 while the number of gas drilling rigs remained at …

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Earthquake numbers continue to decline in Oklahoma

A review of earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past year shows their numbers are declining while the number of those quakes measuring 4.0 magnitude or greater are growing. The review by the Tulsa World showed there were at least six quakes magnitude 4.0 or greater midway through 2018. In 2017, the largest was a 4.6 …

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Texas reaches settlement over Hurricane Harvey gasoline price gouging

The state of Texas has reached a $166,592 settlement with dozens of gas stations that charged $4 gas following Hurricane Harvey. It means customers who paid $3.99 per gallon or more can claim restitution from 48 gas stations including 42 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The settlements were reached by the state’s Consumer Protection Division …

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OKC’s Ascent Resources announces $1.5 billion acquisitions in Utica Shale field

Oklahoma City-based Ascent Resources has signed agreements to spend nearly $1.5 billion on natural gas and oil lease and mineral rights in Ohio’s Utica Shale field. The deal was signed with Hess Corp., CNX Resources, Utica Minerals Development and a fourth seller who was not named, according to a report in The Oklahoman. The company …

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2Q results to be announced by ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips plans to release its second-quarter 2018 financial and operating results on July 26. The results will be made available prior to the opening of the U.S. markets then the company will host a conference call webcast later in the day at 12 p.m. EDT to discuss them.  

July is Oklahoma Lakes Appreciation Month

July has been proclaimed by Gov. Mary Fallin as “Oklahoma Lakes Appreciation Month.” She signed a proclamation emphasizing one of the state’s most valuable natural resources. Throughout July, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s (OWRB), the Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Waters Association (OCLWA), and several other partners will highlight the vital work that goes into managing, …

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Midwest City to be honored by state for environmental cleanup work

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), in partnership with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB), will recognize the City of Midwest City as an Oklahoma Clean Community during a special ceremony scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on July 10th, 2018. The ceremony will be held at the Midwest City Council Chambers, 100 N. Midwest Blvd, Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110. Midwest City will …

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Sierra Club elated over Pruitt’s departure—-warns his successor will be more of the same

Environmental groups were elated over Thursday’s announced resignation of Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency. The Sierra Club said it was time Pruitt got the boot, calling him “the most corrupt EPA administrator in history.” “Thousands of people called on their senators to boot Pruitt and nearly 100,000 Sierra Club members and supporters sent …

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Oil and gas group in Oklahoma thanks Pruitt for his work at EPA

  The oldest energy trade group in the U.S., the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association said Scott Pruitt should be applauded for the work he did at the Environmental Protection Agency. In response to Pruitt’s resignation following months of ethics scandals, OKOGA President Chad Warmington praised Pruitt for returning the EPA to following the law …

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Sen. Inhofe praises Pruitt’s work as EPA Chief

While Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders called Scott Pruitt the worst EPA Chief in U.S. history, Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe would disagree. In response to Pruitt’s resignation on Thursday, the Republican Senator said Pruitt did great work to reduce the nations regulatory burdens facing our nation while leading the Environmental Protection Agency. “He was …

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