December 10, 2018 archive

North Texas to get more electricity from solar power

Another solar energy project is coming to north Texas. 7X Energy Inc. a solar developer based in Austin, Texas announced it is partnering with CoServe Electric to construct the project in Andrews County, about an hour from Midland. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019 and during its peak will bring …

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No resolution between wind farm operator and Defense Department

Another extension of the talks between NextEra Energy and the Department of Defense to reach a plan on a wind farm along a roue of airspace the military uses for training could happen again this week in Oklahoma. Yet another extension of the deadline for the mitigation plan was announced last week and Monday, Dec. …

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Billionaire gave $50,000 to Scott Pruitt’s legal defense fund

Months after leaving the Environmental Protection Agency in disgrace, former Administrator and ex-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is back in the news. This time, it’s over the $50,000 he received from a Wisconsin billionaire who contributed to Pruitt’s legal defense fund created over the series of ethics violations alleged against him. Politico reported the donor, …

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West Texas to get another new pipeline

A new $43 million natural gas pipeline will be built in West Texas by the United Kingdom-based Wood Group PLC. The company won the contract for the 80-mile line from a yet-to-be identified midstream company. The steel pipeline company says it anticipates employing about 200 workers for the project. “This is a strategic pipeline for …

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ConocoPhillips out with ‘flat’ 2019 capital expenditure budget

ConocoPhillips has come out with its 2019 capital expenditure budget and operating plan totaling $6.1 billion including expected share repurchases of $3 billion for the year. The company described the new cap-ex budget as “flat” compared to 2018. In an announcement from its Houston, Texas headquarters, the company stated that it also expects 2019 production …

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Arkansas tax fight hits school districts below the belt

  A tax fight in Arkansas by the Southwestern Energy Co. of Houston is leaving some school districts in the lurch. As Bloomberg News reported recently, a school district in Pangburn, Arkansas is feeling the strain as the $2.7 billion utility disputes its local tax bills. Southwestern Energy¬† has reportedly filed lawsuits in six Arkansas …

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Congressional hearings on federal energy management and the Fuels Act to be held this week

Two subcommittees of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee have scheduled hearings for this week. Oklahoma congressman Markwayne Mullin and others on the Subcommittee on Energy will hold a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 12 on “Public Private Partnerships for Federal Energy Management.” It will begin at 10:15 a.m. eastern time. Historically, the federal government has …

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Gasoline prices continue downward spiral in OKC and Tulsa

Drivers in Oklahoma’s major metro areas are seeing a continued drop in gasoline prices as they pull up to the pumps. GasBuddy reports prices have dropped about a penny a gallon in the past week in Oklahoma City where the new average is $1.96. The report is a result of GasBuddy’s daily survey of 669 …

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Southern Oklahoma feels another small earthquake

Another small earthquake has been reported in southern Oklahoma while two more occurred over the weekend in the northern part of the state. They are the latest to be monitored closely by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as state regulators attempt to control activity linked by scientists to wastewater well disposal operations. The southern quake measured …

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Supreme Court considers Oklahoma wind farm fight

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to hear the appeal of a wind energy company that has been in a legal fight since 2010 with the Osage Nation in northeast Oklahoma. Osage Wind LLC has appealed a ruling by the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado in which the court sided …

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