May 28, 2019 archive

Plains All-American to expand crude pipeline out of Cushing to Texas

Plains All American Pipeline announced a $128 million expansion and new joint venture of its existing Red River Pipeline system that carries oil out of Cushing south into Texas. Delek Logistics Partners, LP has purchased from a Plains’ subsidiary a 33% ownership interest in a new Red River Pipeline Company LLC joint venture for $128 million. …

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OKC Energy Firm faces legal issues over firing of two workers

Two men who were fired from National Oilwell Varco L.P. in Oklahoma City because they had not disclosed previous injuries and medication have won part of their appeal of an Oklahoma City federal court ruling. The Denver Federal Appeals court has ruled partially in favor of Christopher Dunsworth and Shawn Shelton who filed suit two …

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Appeals Court rules against Osage county landowner in fight over pipeline

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an Osage County landowner who filed suit challenging an energy company’s right to locate a pipeline on his land. The appeals court ruled against Wayne Schafer’s appeal of a ruling in his lawsuit against Centerpoint Energy Oklahoma Gas. Schafer contended the company did not have …

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Record rainfall is reported in Oklahoma

While concern is growing about the flood levees in Tulsa, the rainfall amounts are growing to record levels in northeast Oklahoma. Gov. Kevin Stitt planned a meeting Tuesday with the Chief Engineer of the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the levee situation as well as the increased release of water from Keystone Lake. More …

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Insurance companies under orders to protect Oklahoma storm victims

Storm victims with insurance will be protected after a bulletin was issued  by the Oklahoma Insurance Department. The bulletin directs all insurance companies to keep coverage in effect for storm victims for the next 30 days. “The effects of the severe weather and flooding have made it difficult for Oklahomans to carry out every day …

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Weary of the stormy weather in Oklahoma?

Remember a year ago in Oklahoma?  Hardly any tornadoes. By April 27, 2018, the state had yet to record a tornado. And by that time, NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center estimated 229 tornadoes nationwide, well below the 10-year average of more than 400 tornadoes from 2005 through 2015. This year?  As of Tuesday, Oklahoma had already …

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Black Stone Minerals completes changes in common units

  Houston-based Blackstone Minerals, a company with oil and gas mineral interests all over Oklahoma and dozens of other states has made changes in its common units. The company announced that the Partnership’s subordinated units automatically converted into common units on a one-for-one  basis with the expiration of the Subordination Period. As a result, the …

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Pipeline protest bill awaits governor’s signature in Texas

Texas legislators await action from Gov. Greg Abbott on a bill targeting protesters who damage pipelines, electrical lines and telecommunications. The House and Senate approved HB3557 over the weekend. It targets both individuals and corporations including non-profit groups that might be involved in protests against pipelines. Corporate punishment could be a fine of up to …

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Toxic gas emissions raise questions about Colorado’s Suncor Energy refinery

Colorado officials admit they have not taken action against Suncor Energy’s oil refinery north of Denver even though the operation broke a 12.8 ton limit for one invisible toxic gas last summer. The Denver Post reports officials now are considering possible action because the refinery estimated in July 2018 that hydrogen-cyanide emissions were at a …

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Permits to drill for May 27, 2019

No permits were issued on May 27 because of the Memorial Day holiday.