Government shutdown affecting some aspects of Oklahoma’s energy industry

Some energy-related federal agencies in Oklahoma are among those directly affected by the partial-government shutdown.

The U.S. Interior Department has 875 employees working in Oklahoma. Its various agencies include the Bureau of Indian Affairs which handles matters related to oil and gas leases on Indian land. Of course, the BIA also funds critical services for the 320,000 American Indians based in the state. The services include health care, law enforcement, housing, disaster relief and infrastructure maintenance.

Then there is the U.S. Geological Survey, the agency responsible for monitoring earthquakes in Oklahoma, such as the one recorded early Monday morning in the northern part of the state near Enid.

There is also the Bureau of Land Management which supports 4 million acres of public lands in the state.

The Bureau of Reclamation is the country’s largest wholesale water supplier and second-largest hydropower producer.

There are six national historic sites and trails in Oklahoma and they are supported and managed by the National Park Service.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates nine national wildlife refuges in Oklahoma.

Another 800  employees who work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture are also affected. They include those who carry out the functions of the Farm Service Agency office in Stillwater and the 77 local offices across the state.

Others work for the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Office of Rural Development and the Agricultural Research Service.

There are others including the 3,300 workers at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City including the FAA Academy. Still others are 260 Federal Bureau of Prisons employees at the prison transfer center located at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport and the federal prison in El Reno.


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