August 30, 2021 archive

Increased gasoline prices likely to hit Oklahoma

  The American Automobile Association says gas prices in Oklahoma will likely increase temporarily this week as a result of Hurricane Ida. The storm has left more than one million people in Louisiana and Mississippi without power and likely taken about 13% of U.S. refining capacity offline. There were nine oil refineries in Ida’s path; at least …

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ONEGAS leaders to hold investment meetings

  Corporate leadership at ONE Gas will hold virtual meetings this week with the investment community. The presentations will be made Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 by Sid McAnnally, president and chief executive officer; Caron Lawhorn, senior vice president and chief financial officer; and Curtis Dinan, senior vice president and chief operating officer. It will …

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Growing number of drilling permits approved in Oklahoma

  The series of major oil wells produced in Oklahoma’s STACK play by Ovintiv Mid-Continent Inc. just isn’t stopping. The company filed a recent completion report for the Walta 1507 3h-rx at 9 15N 7W in Kingfisher County. Located just south of the city of Kingfisher and adjacent to highway US 81, the well had production of …

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Crude oil recorded gains in Monday’s trading despite hurricane

  While the Deep South struggles with recovery and Gulf Coast oil and gas operations wonder when they might resume, crude oil prices recorded gains in Monday’s trading. Oklahoma energy stocks couldn’t maintain last week’s gains. Global benchmark Brent rose 71 cents or 0.98% to finish the day at $73.41 a barrel on ICE Futures …

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Texas pipeline fined $1 million plus for New Mexico environmental violations

  San Antonio based ETC Texas Pipeline, Ltd. was fined $1.3 million as part of a settlement agreement it reached with the New Mexico Environment Department over regulatory and permit violations at the company’s plant near Jal, New Mexico. New Mexico had cited ETC for illegally permitting more than 3.1 million pounds of pollutants including …

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Interior Secretary marries longtime partner

  Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was married over the weekend in her native state of New Mexico. She married longtime partner Skip Sayre in a Saturday ceremony at the Santa Ana Pueblo located north of Albuquerque, reported Native News Online. Click here for Native News Online.

Huge wind project close to completion in East Central New Mexico

  A mammoth wind project in east central New Mexico is nearing completion upon which time wind-power will provide electricity for California markets. Pattern Energy’s Western Spirit project should be fully operational in December and include not only four wind farms but a transmission line that will be one of the largest such projects to …

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Energy news in brief

** Nearly 95% of Gulf Coast oil and gas production was offline as Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans and the Deep South. ** Top oilfield services firm Schlumberger Ltd. is asking U.S. employees to disclose their COVID-19 vaccine status and said more customers are mandating vaccinations as a condition for working on their job sites, the …

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Pollution controls too costly for Ameren?

  Rather than go ahead with an $833 million court-ordered anti-pollution project for its second largest coal-fired power plant, St. Louis based Ameren might simply shut down the place and put it into mothballs. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports experts contend the pollution controls will be too costly for the company. Click here for St. …

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Unconstitutional fees result in refunds for Kansas Evergy solar users

  Recent action by the Kansas Corporation Commission means Evergy customers with solar panels on their homes will soon get refunds because of a Kansas Supreme Court ruling. The justices ruled Evergy’s actions of requiring solar uses to pay charges to the utility were unconstitutional according to the Kansas Reflector. Click here for Kansas Reflector.