March 2021 archive

Consumers show their feelings about online purchases of EVs

  As Oklahoma legislators consider a bill banning direct sales of Electric Vehicles to consumers, thereby avoiding a manufacturer’s showroom or new car dealer, reports suggest consumers wouldn’t mind an online purchase of a new EV. OK Energy Today reported last week about SB822 which has yet to make it to a full vote because …

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New Mexico to crack down on oil industry venting and flaring

  Oklahoma energy explorers busy in New Mexico’s share of the Permian Basin will soon be faced with new and stricter venting and flaring rules, all in the name of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission voted unanimously last week in support of a final rule to eliminate routine venting and …

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Not so fast with hot weather arriving in Oklahoma

  As energy workers in the state wonder when the last of the chilly weather will depart Oklahoma, the Panhandle recorded a Monday high of 88 degrees, the warmest weather so far this year. Then to confuse the sun worshippers, a freezing temperature was recorded Tuesday morning in Boise City. “THAT is the Panhandle for …

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US senators press FERC to act on expanded North Bakken gas pipeline

  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is urged by U.S. Senators from North Dakota to give quick approval to a 60-mile pipeline that they contend will cut methane emissions in the state. Their request focuses on WBI Energy Transmission’s North Bakken Expansion project. If approved, the project would provide incremental firm capacity from six gas …

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Federal Judge voids Western Colorado fracking plan

  Four years after the Bureau of Land Management approved a fracking plan for more than 935,000 acres of land with a potential development of nearly 4,000 new oil and gas wells in western Colorado, a federal judge has approved an order rescinding the plan. The ruling last week came in a lawsuit brought by …

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Oil state senators urge EPA to waive RFS blending requirements

  Oklahoma’s Republican U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford were among 13 republican oil state senators who urged EPA Administrator Michael Regan to use his general waiver authority to reduce Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements. The requirements are part of the U.S. Supreme Court challenge made by CVR Energy, operator of the Wynnewood refinery. …

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Devon to report 1Q earnings May 4

Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy will release its first quarter earnings report on Tuesday May 4. The company announced the release will be made after the close of U.S. financial markets. It will follow with a conference call the next day, Wednesday May 5 at 10 a.m. Central Time.  The earnings release and presentation for the …

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Energy news in brief

** South Korea’s SK Innovation Co Ltd said on Tuesday it is considering all options including pulling its battery business out of the United States if President Joe Biden does not overturn a trade panel’s decision against it by April 11. ** Twenty-six people were arrested last week at a Line 3 pipeline protest in Minnesota, including some …

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New Mexico sues US over proposed nuclear waste storage plans

  New Mexico sued the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday over concerns that the federal agency hasn’t done enough to vet plans for a multibillion-dollar facility to store spent nuclear fuel in the state, arguing that the project would endanger residents, the environment and the economy. Click here for story from Associated Press.

How a wave of electric-car adoption could strain power grids

  The power crisis that left more than 100 dead in Texas last month now has Electric Vehicle proponents wondering and pondering how a new wave of EVs could pressure the country’s electric grid. Could the increase in EVs result in more power crises? Will there be enough electric power to recharge a growing population …

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