November 4, 2019 archive

EPA formally rolls back Obama-era coal ash rules

The Environmental Protection Agency is rolling back Obama administration rules governing the storage and disposal of coal ash, rules intended to prevent the toxic waste from getting into waterways. The rules were implemented in 2015 and required energy plants that burned coal to dispose of the powder by using wastewater treatment technology. At the time, …

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Energy news in brief

** Halliburton Company has signed a strategic agreement with the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Center (ARTC) to become an anchor member, which will allow Halliburton to collaborate across industries with research and development projects that will advance next-generation technologies. Halliburton is the only oilfield services company with membership in ARTC which is led by Singapore’s Agency …

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Russian cosmonaut’s space items on display at Stafford museum in Weatherford

The Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford has bragging rights about its latest acquisitions. The museum named for Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford has been given temporary use of personal items including a space suit of Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov who died last month, but only after developing a brother-like friendship with Stafford. Part of …

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Wastewater center to be developed in New Mexico’s Permian Basin

  A Texas-based oil and gas water company is moving into southeast New Mexico, to provide processing for water and other fluids generated during operations in western section of the booming Permian Basin. Oilfield Water Logistics, based in Center, Texas, announced its plans to develop a 540-acre oil and gas water and waste management facility …

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No letup by Chevron in the Permian Basin

California oil major Chevron is preparing for another big push in the Permian Basin of West Texas. The company filed for drilling permits to develop 17 horizontal wells on in Midland County and other four horizontal wells on a pair of leases in Culberson County, Railroad Commission of Texas records show. Chevron is targeting the …

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Oklahoman part of Indian effort to create renewable energy on reservations

Indian tribes across the U.S. are banding together in an effort to develop renewable energy on their reservations. One of the leaders of the effort is Judith LeBlanc, a member of the Caddo Nation in Oklahoma. LeBlanc is also director of the Native Organizers Alliance and was an organizer of a Day of Action held …

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Why NASA is important to farming

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, the former congressman from Oklahoma was among those explaining to FFA members how space affects farming technology at the 92nd National Convention and Expo. Ron Hays with the Oklahoma Farm Report was on hand as Bridenstine spoke. His story can be viewed by clicking here.  

Sierra Club hands out F’s to Republicans and A’s to Democrats on environmental votes

The Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club is out with its environmental scorecard of the 2019 Oklahoma legislative session, one that targeted Republicans with F’s and Democrats with A’s. Of the three F grades in the Senate and five in the state House, all went to Republicans. The four A’s in the Senate went to …

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Environmental Quality Board seeks input from NW Oklahomans

Members of the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) encourage residents of western Oklahoma to attend a public forum scheduled for Friday, November 8, 2019. The public forum will be held following the regular business meeting of the board.  There is no way to estimate how long the business …

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