August 19, 2021 archive

Kansas university looks to new curriculum for climate change era

  Leaders of Kansas Wesleyan University, a small college in Salina, Kansas want to reconnect educational disciplines and “unite students with the land” as part of the climate change fight. So they’ve launched a mentor project to help students understand how their chosen careers should include consideration of the climate change reported the Kansas Reflector. …

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Protesters urge Iowa energy company to retire coal energy

  Dozens of environmental protesters paraded in downtown Des Moines, Iowa this week demanding that MidAmerican Energy give up its coal-fired power plants. The protesters, many wearing masks, gathered outside the headquarters of the state’s largest energy company and carried signs calling for the firm to retire all of its coal plants in nine years …

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Army to add hundreds of solar units at Fort Riley, Kansas

  Housing at Fort Riley in Kansas will soon see hundreds of additional roof-top solar systems to help provide more renewable power to the military installation. Solar Power News reported that the military family housing partnership between Corvias and the Army will begin with construction of phase two of the solar energy program which will …

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Petroleum Alliance VP chosen to head Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Authority

  After serving as the senior vice president of government affairs and public policy for The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma, Adria Berry is returning to state government work to become the new executive director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Berry’s appointment this week saying she would address challenges caused by the growing …

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DEQ updates mercury and fish advisory list of Oklahoma lakes

  Seven Oklahoma lakes have been added to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality list of lakes with consumption advisories for mercury. Five other lakes were removed from the list since recommendations were last made early in 2020. The lakes with new advisories are: Chandler Lake Lake Hefner Shawnee Twin Lakes Sooner Lake Lake Tenkiller …

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ConocoPhillips might sell its Williston Basin assets

  ConocoPhillips isn’t saying much publicly about it, but the company with major Oklahoma ties has hung out the “For Sale” sign on its Williston Basin oil assets. Bloomberg first reported the news this week but stated that ConocoPhillips spokesman Dennis Nuss declined to comment. However Bloomberg cited “people with knowledge of the matter” in …

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Government leasing to resume soon?

  The federal oil and gas leasing program is reportedly set to resume soon after a Louisiana federal judge ended the Biden administration’s suspension following a lawsuit by Oklahoma and a dozen other oil and gas producing states.   Even though the Biden administration challenged the court decision this week, an official with the Bureau …

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Environmental study claims most Permian Basin flaring in Texas is done without permits

  The environmental group Earthworks claimed this week that major oil producers in the Permian Basin of Texas are burning off gas without required state permits. Reuters reports the claims were made against Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell. Click here for Reuters story