Jerry Bohnen

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OIPA Defends Industry in Wake of Pawnee Earthquake

The Pawnee earthquake and subsequent action by the state to shut down more wastewater injection wells has drawn a statement from the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. “The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association has released the following statement regarding the state’s recent seismic activity: The OIPA and the oil and gas industry as a whole support the …

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Energy Companies Accuse Sierra Club of Wanting Federal Court to become “Seismicity Czar” in Earthquake Fight

Four energy companies sued in Oklahoma City federal court by the Sierra Club in a fight over earthquakes and who or what is causing them contend the Sierra Club is asking the court to be a “backseat driver” while painting itself into a corner. The responses come from Chesapeake Operating LLC, Devon Energy Production, SandRidge Exploration …

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Corporation Commission to Hold Possible Vote on 1989 Bribed Rate Hike Case

The efforts of some consumers to force the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to reopen a 1989 bribed vote that granted a rate hike to then-Southwestern Bell could end on Wednesday. It’s when the Commission has scheduled a vote on the case that consumers want to see an estimated $16 billion returned to ratepayers. The issue came …

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USGS Warns of Strong Aftershocks from Pawnee Quake

While the U.S. Geological Survey officially put the Pawnee earthquake at magnitude 5.6, it could actually have been stronger, according to experts. News 9’s Tiffany Liou reports the USGS is still analyzing the data from the Saturday morning event that was felt in several states including Tennessee to the east, Minnesota to the north and …

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Earthquake Forces Closure of Pawnee Nation Headquarters

Officials at the Pawnee Nation headquarters say their buildings were damaged enough from the Saturday morning earthquake that their structural integrity is in question and the headquarters will be closed this week. News 9’s Christy Lewis talked with tribal spokesman Andrew KnifeChief who showed her the damage. “It runs from room to room to room,” …

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Attorney Says Pawnee Earthquake Supports his Lawsuits Against Energy Companies

The Arkansas attorney who filed suits in Lincoln County and Oklahoma City federal courts, blaming energy companies for earthquakes in Oklahoma says the Pawnee earthquake of magnitude 5.6 supports his claims against the firms. “Unless something’s done, there’s going to be more and that’s not just a lawyer talking, it’s what scientists have been saying,” …

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No Quake Damage at Cushing Tank Farm—-Operations Continue as Normal

So far, so good when it comes to any damages incurred at oil and gas operations in Oklahoma following the magnitude 5.6 earthquake with its epicenter near Pawnee. The Governor’s office indicates oil storage and pipeline operations at Cushing just 25 miles south of Pawnee were found to be undamaged.  Operators of some of the …

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Injection Well Shutdowns Might Not be Last Action Taken by OCC Following Pawnee Earthquake

Officials at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission make it clear that the mandatory shutdown of 37 wastewater injection wells following Saturday’s magnitude 5.6 earthquake might not be the last action they take. “This is not considered a final action,” stated Matt Skinner, spokesman at the OCC in a note to reporters. “Other actions are possible depending …

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Chaparral Wants more Time in Meeting Chapter 11 Requirements

SandRidge Energy did it and now Oklahoma City-based Chaparral Energy wants the same thing—an extension of its exclusive period for the Chapter 11 plan. Chaparral is asking a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge permission to extend through and including Dec. 5, 2016 and Feb. 3, 2017. “As described in the Fischer Declaration, in the months prior …

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Williams Asks Feds for Pipeline Expansion Approval

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s being asked by Williams Partners and its Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company to construct a 475,000 dekatherm per day gas pipeline expansion in Texas to Louisiana. It carries a price tag of more than $3 billion. Williams intends to use the line to connect U.S. natural gas supplies with global …

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