July 2018 archive

Medical marijuana—-nothing special needed says Gov. Fallin

Medical marijuana–it’s something that energy firms in the state of Oklahoma will have to deal with now that voters have approved it. It means some workers might soon have a prescription for pot but the timeline depends on just how quickly the Oklahoma Department of Health can adopt regulations controlling the doctors who will prescribe …

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Corporation Commissioner picks up endorsement of Oklahoma Farm Bureau

A big endorsement for Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony came this week from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. As he campaigns in a run-off race with former State Senate President pro tempore Brian Bingman, Anthony’s campaign announced the endorsement from OKAgFund, the political action committee of the Farm Bureau. “Bob Anthony grew up serving customers in his …

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Blueknight Energy sells 3 asphalt terminals to reduce debt

Oklahoma City’s Blueknight Energy Partners announced over the weekend it had reached a $90 million sales agreement for three of its asphalt terminals in Texas and Tennessee. The agreement was something of an in-house deal and was made with Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions, Inc, a firm that’s buying the terminals in Lubbock and Saginaw, Texas …

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Oklahoma’s fuel tax hike is first in 31 years

Fuel taxes went up in Oklahoma on Sunday for the first time in 31 years to help pay for the teacher pay raise approved by the governor last spring. The gasoline tax rose 3 cents while the tax for diesel fuel went up 6 cents a gallon, leaving the state’s average at $2.59 a gallon, …

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Busy 4th for state’s run-off candidates

You can bet the politicians involved in runoff races to be decided in August will be out campaigning on July 4th—-riding in a convertible in some parade and waving at thousands of potential voters. That or else attending picnics and sharing a slice of cold watermelon. Two of the candidates are Republican Leslie Osborn and …

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Contamination found at 2nd abandoned Eagle Industries site

More tests have discovered further contamination of groundwater at a second site of the abandoned Midwest City Eagle Industries company. City council members in Oklahoma City learned of the discovery in the past week and decided to continue with more testing. The discovery came in a second round of tests after the initial contamination from …

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Echo Energy’s move to downtown OKC still 6 months away

Oklahoma City-based Echo Energy prepares to move 100 workers to the downtown business district as soon as it finishes the 10-story Parkside building it bought in May for nearly $11 million. But it’s still six months away. The company anticipates making the move early in 2019 as work is still underway on the building that …

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Oklahoma has increased rig count while the national numbers drop

Oklahoma was one of the few states that saw an increase in oil and gas rigs in the past week. The state’s count grew by 2 to 140 while the national count fell by 5 to reach 1,047. New Mexico was the only state in the surrounding area that saw an increase in rig activity, …

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EPA’s Chief Ethics Officer wants more investigations of Scott Pruitt

If the chief ethics officer of the Environmental Protection Agency gets his way, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt could face even more investigations. Kevin S. Minoli has sent a letter dated June 27, 2018 to David J. Apol, Acting Director and General Counsel of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics requesting a series of investigations into possible …

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