August 29, 2021 archive

Longtime PSO spokesman to retire

    After 37 years as a spokesman for Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Stan Whiteford is about to retire. He announced over the weekend the selection of long-time journalist Wayne Greene as his successor as PSO’s Region Communications Manager. Whiteford indicated he will “be around through the end of October.” “It’s been my pleasure …

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New Mexico AG faces fraud probe over power company merger

  Complaints filed by five environmental and civic groups contend New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas violated state fraud laws by hiring the firm of an old friend to work on the proposed merger of Public Service Company of New Mexico and Avangrid.   The five environmental and civic groups behind the complaint are asking …

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Colorado Springs coal-fired power plant converting to natural gas

  Another coal-fired power plant in Colorado is about to stop burning coal to produce electricity. The Martin Drake power plant in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs will convert to natural gas this week.   Click here for Colorado Public Radio report.

Improved safety measures bring results for Oklahoma energy firm

  As an inherently dangerous industry to work in, oil and gas drilling has placed an increased emphasis on improving safety culture in recent years. Oklahoma drilling is no exception. One Oklahoma driller, Dan D Drilling, has made safety its priority over the last several years and has taken significant strides to protect its employees. …

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Rig counts grow in Oklahoma and US

  The number of active oil and gas rigs in Oklahoma rose by one in the past week to reach 31 according to the latest weekly figures from Baker Hughes Co. Nationally, the trend showed increased activity as the U.S. rig count increased by 5 to reach 508 rigs. The increase included 5 oil rigs …

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Energy news in brief

** Mexico’s state-owned oil firm Pemex has restored part of the oil production suspended after Sunday’s fatal fire that killed seven people, but the pace of output recovery could be slower than expected because of technical issues including well re-connection, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters. ** An Australian company’s exploration well likely has tapped into a …

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New I-40 interchange opens Friday, gives Yukon new access

  Oil and gas operations between Yukon and El Reno received another I-40 interchange on Friday as the Frisco Road project was dedicated and formally opened by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby and Secretary of Transportation and Oklahoma Transportation Executive Director Tim Gatz joined Yukon City Council members and community members …

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Another rebound for oil prices on Friday—can it hold?

  Crude oil prices made another big bounce back in Friday’s trading but the question is—can the rebound continue this week? Especially with the arrival of Hurricane Idabel and the shutdown of oil operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Oklahoma energy stocks also had a big day in trading. West Texas Intermediate crude for October …

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