Jerry Bohnen

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Pipeline Mapping Bill Killed by GOP in Colorado

  Republicans in the Colorado legislature used a late-night filibuster this week to block an attempt by Democrats to require that all oil and gas producers provide the locations of all their gas lines. The attempt by Democrats to pass the bill before midnight came as a result of an April house explosion that killed …

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Oil and Gas Tax Collections Grow But Not Overall State Collections for April

While state revenue collections are continuing to fall in Oklahoma, tax revenue from oil production is going up according to figures released this week by State Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger. General Revenue Fund collections for April missed the official monthly estimate by 12.9 percent and were 4.4 percent below the estimate for the fiscal …

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EPA’s Pruitt Wants Advice from Governors on Redrawing Waters of US Rule

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will be getting a letter in mail from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, if she hasn’t already, asking her advice on how to define which wetlands and small waterways should be covered by the Clean Water Act. Pruitt sent letters this week to governors asking for their “input and wisdom” on how …

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STACK Produces More Wells While Interest Grows in NW Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s STACK continues to give up its oil with Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Operating LLC reporting three new completions in Kingfisher County. (see OK Energy Today.) But there’s growing interest in oil exploration in northwestern Oklahoma. The wells ranged in production from 535 barrels of oil daily down to 384. The two Foster wells, located at …

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Obama Methane Rules to be Targeted in Wednesday Vote in US Senate

The U.S. Senate could vote Wednesday whether to trash the Obama administration created rule that targeted methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands. It’s what Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and others have told Politico’s Morning Energy Report. Here is how ME reported it on Tuesday: INCHING TOWARD METHANE VOTE: The Senate …

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Oil and Gas Companies Find Themselves Back in State Court Over Pawnee Earthquake

The effort by James Adams of Pawnee to sue oil and gas companies he blames for last fall’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake is back in Pawnee county District Court. It was April 12 when a Tulsa federal judge ruled the case should be remanded back to district court and late last month, that’s where Adams and …

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Devon Sells 115 Miles of Natural Gas Pipeline in Powder River Basin

A week after Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy announced plans for a $1 billion divestiture of some of its holdings so it could devote more exploration in Oklahoma’s STACK and the Permian Basin in Texas, its sale of 115 miles of natural gas gathering pipeline in Wyoming has been announced. Meritage Midstream Services LLC and its …

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NextEra Asks Texas Regulators to Reconsider Rejection of $18 billion Deal

The Texas Public Utility Commission is being asked by NextEra Energy to reconsider its rejection of the company’s nearly $18 billion deal to buy bankrupt Energy Future Holding Corp, majority owner of Oncor, the state’s largest power network. NextEra, a company fighting lawsuits against its windfarm developments in western Oklahoma made the request in a …

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Deadly Blast Could Lead States to Require Mapping of Pipelines

A natural gas explosion in a Colorado home that killed two people last month was widely discussed at a recent meeting of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission in Oklahoma City. That’s because it involved an abandoned pipeline. The blast happened in Firestone, Colorado where investigators determined an improperly severed pipe connected to an …

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Study Shows Tornado Disaster Aid is Growing Nationwide

While last year and so far this year, Oklahoma has not experienced many tornadoes, the rest of the nation has. And one report in the Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the nation has experienced a “stunning increase” in federal disaster declarations for tornadoes in the 21st Century. From 1953 to 1982, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued …

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