September 6, 2021 archive

Crude oil slips again while Oklahoma energy stocks retreat

  Crude oil prices dropped in Monday’s trading in response to Saudi Arabia’s sharp cuts to contract prices for Asia raised more concerns over the demand outlook. West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 40 cents at $68.89 a barrel while global benchmark, Brent Crude fell 39 cents to finish the day at $72.22 a barrel on …

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Rig numbers increased in Oklahoma but fell nationally last week

  The latest rig count showed an increase in Oklahoma but a nationwide decline according to Baker Hughes Co. It was the first drop in oil and gas rig numbers across the U.S. in the past four weeks. Oklahoma’s count grew by one to reach 32, far more than the 11 rigs reported one year …

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Energy news in brief

** Divers at the site of an ongoing oil spill that appeared in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida have identified the apparent source as one-foot diameter pipeline displaced from a trench on the ocean floor and broken open. Talos Energy, the Houston-based company currently paying for the cleanup, said in a statement issued Sunday evening …

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North Dakota county fastest growing in US thanks to oil boom

  The U.S. Census Bureau is out with figures showing the country’s fastest growing county is in the heart of North Dakota’s oil boom. McKenzie County is also home to Watford City where the population growth has been phenomenal over the past decade reported the Associated Press. Click here for AP story.  

America’s first hydrogen fuel cell tow truck fleet is coming to Colorado

  The nation’s first hydrogen-powered tow trucks and other emergency rescue vehicles operated by AAA are about to be developed in Colorado. AAA Colorado announced it reached an agreement with Denver-based New Day Hydrogen LLC reported the Denver Business Journal. Click here for Denver Business Journal

Hern slams Biden Admin for bad energy policy, targeting domestic oil industry

President Biden’s continuing efforts urging OPEC to increase oil production rather than the U.S. oil and gas industry are “irreparably damaging Americans’ ability to produce oil domestically” says Oklahoma congressman Kevin Hern. In response to Biden’s recent call for OPEC to act, Rep. Hern said hypocrisy is nothing new in this White House.  “President Biden …

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WildEarth Guardians to file suit to protect clean air from fracking in Permian Basin

  The environmental group WildEarth Guardians announced this week its intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to crack down on smog pollution in the Permian Basin of southeast New Mexico, where unchecked fracking is taking a dangerous toll on clean air. “Despite the Biden administration’s promises to put public health first, the …

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County commissioner faces recall in Kansas wind-farm battle

  A battle over a proposed southeast Kansas wind farm has a Labette County commissioner fighting for his job. His determined opponents may have accomplished the rare feat of getting legal permission and gathering enough signatures to put a recall to a vote. The technical justification that gives proponents a foot in the recall door …

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September Transportation Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7

  Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the R.A. Ward Transportation Building, 200 N.E. 21st St., Oklahoma City. Members of the public and media may attend or watch the livestream video online. Items to be addressed at the meeting: Secretary of …

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Basic Energy’s layoffs to increase

  The number of jobs that might be cut as a result of Basic Energy Services, Inc.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy now is thought to be as many as 1,400 employees. The number was originally lower but in an advisory, the Fort Worth-based company indicated a much larger number. It could include 775 in Bakersfield, California, …

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