May 23, 2019 archive

Flooded River forces shutdown of Holly Frontier refinery in Tulsa

Flooding on the Arkansas River in Tulsa has forced the shutdown of the Holly Frontier refinery. Operators made the decision Thursday afternoon saying it would be a temporary shutdown until flood conditions improve. “Due to high water in the Tulsa area, the HollyFrontier Tulsa Refinery is temporarily shutting down operations as a precautionary measure for …

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Wind turbine collapses during strong winds in northern Oklahoma

Those wind turbines across Oklahoma are supposed  to withstand strong winds, but one collapsed this week in northern Oklahoma. It was near Hunter where a turbine to Enel Green buckled as 40 mile an hour winds swept across the Chisholm View II wind farm. The farm extends into Grant and Garfield counties. An investigation is …

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Oklahoma NARO members are told they are ‘voters’ too

As members of the Oklahoma National Association of Royalty Owners gathered Thursday in Oklahoma City, their national leader reminded them they re also voters whose voices can and should be heard by elected officials. Grant Back, the National Executive Director of NARO told the opening session, “Royalty owners are voters and constituents. They have a …

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Floodwater advice from DEQ

With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) encourages Oklahomans to visit the state’s lakes, rivers, or streams. While recreating at these natural water bodies, DEQ reminds you to follow some simple tips to help keep you and your family safe while swimming, boating, canoeing, or enjoying other water activities. Natural bodies of water, …

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WPX finalizes sale of its portion of Permian Basin pipeline

Tulsa’s WPX Energy has gained $350 million in the sale of its joint project in the Oryx II pipeline in the Permian Basin.The company announced the sale was completed this week. WPX Energy had 25 percent equity interest and received the net proceeds of nearly $350 million after adjusting for debt financing related to Oryx …

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No letup in flooding for oil and gas producers in Oklahoma

For a lot of oil and gas producers in Oklahoma,the historic flooding  is more than just a minor nuisance. As witnessed in these pictures, one producer in Kay County is dealing with major issues. And flooding wasn’t his only challenge. So were the storms and the lightning.  

Workers’ Comp reform bill sent to Oklahoma governor

The issue of workers compensation for injured energy workers is an important one for Oklahoma firms. This week, the State Senate gave final approval to legislation to preserve and strengthen landmark workers’ compensation reforms adopted six years ago. House Bill 2367 passed unanimously and awaits a decision by Gov. Kevin Stitt. Senator Julie Daniels, Senate …

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OGE finalizes purchase of AES Shady Power power plant

Oklahoma Gas and Electric announced it has wrapped up the acquisition of the AES Shady Point power plant near Poteau. The Corporation Commission approved the purchase last week along with the Oklahoma Cogeneration LLC facility in Oklahoma City. The purchase of the two facilities cost OGE an estimated $53 million. The Federal energy Regulatory Commission …

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Will politics prevent federal flood and storm aid to Oklahoma?

As Oklahoma reels from massive flooding that has approached historic levels in some areas of the state, there is a possibility that politics in Washington DC might cause a delay in any federal financial aid. At least,it’s what Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford is suggesting. When asked whether Democrats who control the US House might …

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NGL prepares to release 4Q earnings report

After a third quarter 2019 report showing a large jump in earnings, shareholders in Tulsa-based NGL Energy Partners LP await the fourth quarter report. The company says it will issue the fiscal fourth quarter report that ended March 31, 2019 next week. The report will be released Thursday, May 30 and members of NGL’s management …

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