Jerry Bohnen

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Inhofe’s Appointments in Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have finalized and announced the membership of the committee’s four subcommittees. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, former chairman of the full committee was named chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee. He also sits on the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety subcommittee …

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Kansas to Get Another Ethanol Plant

Oklahoma doesn’t have one but Kansas is getting another bio-refinery. The $175 million plant being built by ethanol pioneer ICM is going up in Colwich, a small town at the northwest side of the city of Wichita. Called ICM Element, the plant will produce 70 million galls a year of ethanol. An estimated 50 permanent …

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$200 million Pay Package for Possible New Railway CEO?

Consider this under the topic of “Not a bad job if you can get it.” A move is afoot to hire a new CEO at CSX, one of North America’s major railroads and give him a $200 million pay package. CSX doesn’t operate in Oklahoma. It’s mostly a rail system located in the eastern half …

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Questions Remain About What Kind of Environmental Enforcer Scott Pruitt Will Be

As Scott Pruitt enters week three of his rein over the Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalists are still curious as to what kind of enforcement of environmental laws he will demand and carry out. As Environment and Energy reporter Mike Soraghan wrote this week, “Pruitt’s philosophy on environmental enforcement is mostly unknown. He doesn’t have much …

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EPA’s Energy Star Program Likely to Be Eliminated

An EPA program aimed at improving energy ratings in homes and offices across the country could be eliminated under a White House preliminary budget proposal. The Energy Star program, which includes Oklahoma’s state government as well as utilities could get the axe as the Trump administration seeks ways to save money and finance the President’s …

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Senator Wants Bill Heard Giving Immunity to Those Who Shoot Down Drones

Drones and those who might shoot them down over private property¬†are the subject of a bill headed to the State senate floor. Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City authored Senate Bill 660 which would make property owners who destroy drones flying over their land immune from civil action. He’s hoping to have the bill heard this …

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Oklahoma Rig Count Slips While the National Count Grows

Oklahoma’s oil and gas rig count slipped below 100 over the past week while the national count grew by two to reach 756, according to figures released by Baker Hughes Co. The Oklahoma county dropped by 3 to reach 98. Nationally, the county of 756 is 267 more than one year ago. The increase in …

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Senators Block EPA Plan to Release Chemical Storage Information

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has some support in a move to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing what he calls a “midnight” regulation requiring chemical storage information be made available to the public. Together with Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Jerry Moran of Kansas and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, …

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Former Kerr-McGee Operation remains Superfund Site in North Carolina

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to update the public later this month on one of its existing Superfund sites created by the former Kerr-McGee Company when it was based in Oklahoma City. The 251-acre site is in Navassa, North Carolina where Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation carried out creosote-based wood treating from 1936 to 1974. The company …

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Why Are Superfund Sites Still Around After 30 Years? Asks Pruitt

  As the new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has indicated he wants to make clearing long-term Superfund sites from the EPA’s national list. It’s what he recently told the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington D.C. Pruitt drew applause when he said one program that has been successful and will …

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