New State Economic Report Shows Importance of Oil and Gas Industry

Oklahoma’s economy continued a slow recovery so far in 2017 according to a new report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. The Oklahoma Economic Indicators report for August 2017 indicated once again that the state’s oil and gas industry has played a major role in the recovery. It noted how the state’s rig count has …

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More Oklahoma National Guard Troops Join Relief Effort in Texas

Another 500 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers left Tuesday morning for Texas to join 1,500 others already there taking part in Hurricane Harvey relief. The latest were members of the 90th Troop Command forming Task Force 120.  They left Broken Arrow and once after arriving in Austin, Texas will be deployed in various support operations including …

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Gasoline Prices Hold Steady in Oklahoma but Climb Nationally After Harvey

Hurricane Harvey continues to have an impact on gasoline prices nationally as well as in Oklahoma. The national average jumped to $2.64 a gallon on Monday according to AAA while in Oklahoma the average was at $2.18. Energy experts believe prices will stay high for days, maybe weeks as refineries in south Texas continued to …

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Williams Cos. Asks Feds to Approve Gas Project for Northeast U.S.

Tulsa-based Williams Partners L.P. says its Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company, LLC has asked for federal approval to create a new $127 million system to supply the northeast with more natural gas. The company filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval of what it calls its “Rivervale South to Market” project. It …

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Up and Running at Energy Transfer Partner Operations in Houston and Gulf Coast

In an update of hurricane damage, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners says there was only minimal interruptions of the company’s crude oil operations. The company announced Tuesday that the overall impact to its operations in the Houston area and along the Gulf Coast has been minimal. The firm also said all of its employees are accounted …

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American Midstream Wraps Up $170 million Sale of Propane Division

Business deals move forward despite the flooding of Hurricane Harvey in Houston where American Midstream Partners, LP announced the closing of its Propane Marketing and Services to SHV Energy N.V. for $170 million in cash. American Midstream has divested 100% of Propane including Pinnacle Propane’s 40 service locations. The closure was announced Tuesday and it …

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All-Clear Given at Texas Chemical Plant Fires

The evacuation zone was lifted Monday around the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas after flooding resulted in explosions and fires throughout the weekend. The Houston Chronicle reported a controlled burn destroyed six final trailers of decomposing chemicals, prompting authorities to life the 1.5-mile evacuation zone. “Arkema will continue to work with its neighbors and …

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Nation’s Largest Natural Gas Pipeline System Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The people responsible for the big decisions at Williams Cos. in Tulsa have had more than their share of problems over the past week to ten days because of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding. A big part of the company’s Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line was affected and so were customers thousands of miles away who …

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Rep. Bridenstine Encounters Opposition to Head NASA

Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is about to get the job he has dreamed of getting….Administrator of NASA. He openly campaigned for the job since President Trump took office in January and on Friday night, the White House nominated the Republican congressman. All he needs now is approval of the U.S. Senate. But that could …

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Boil Order Issued for Some Cleveland County Residents

Residents of the Stonetown Sunnylane Estates Public Water Supply in Cleveland County were warned over the weekend to boil their drinking water because E. coli was confirmed to be in the water. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality issued the boil order on Friday and said residents would be notified when the water was considered …

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