Tar Creek restoration ideas sought from public

The Tar Creek Trustees are seeking submissions of restoration project ideas from the public according to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Any individual or group can submit a restoration project idea which addresses natural resource injuries and/or cultural service losses within the Northeastern Oklahoma Mining Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Site (NOMNRDAR). Project …

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Inhofe and others wrestle with PFAS contamination issue

While Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe and others on the Senate Armed Services Committee work on a new defense budget, one of their challenges continues to be PFAS chemical contamination on military bases across the nation. POLITICO’s Morning Energy Report said this week a new memo from the Defense Department ignores EPA guidance relating to the cleanup of …

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FBI starts corruption probe into Pennsylvania gas pipeline

  The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned. FBI agents have interviewed current or former state employees in recent weeks about the Mariner East …

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STACK is busy with oilfield activity but the SCOOP produces the largest well this week

Oklahoma’s STACK is still seeing more drilling and oil and gas production. But the honors of the state’s biggest producer reported this week is in the SCOOP. Houston’s Marathon Oil Co. had success in Oklahoma’s Garvin County with a well producing nearly 1,300 barrels of oil a day. Completion reports filed this week with the …

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Former Inhofe aide squares off with EPA’s Inspector General

An Oklahoman who worked for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe before landing at the Environmental Protection Agency finds himself in the spotlight as he battles the EPA’s Inspector General. POLITICO reported Ryan Jackson, a native Oklahoman who worked for Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) for more than a decade and a half, has maintained a relatively low …

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Brief energy news

** Energy companies and business groups are considering asking the Supreme Court to review Obama-era standards for ozone pollution. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Petroleum Institute, and others on Nov. 8 asked Chief Justice John Roberts for extra time to weigh appealing a lower court’s decision that largely upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 ozone caps. ** The …

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Osage tribe campaigns to get government to open county to new drilling

With a shutdown of oil and gas drilling in Oklahoma’s Osage County, it means less revenue for the county. And it continues to disturb leaders of the Osage tribe who control the minerals in the northeast county. This week in Tulsa, the 18th annual Osage Oil and Gas Summit will focus on the actions of …

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Get ready for record holiday travel

The Transportation Security Administration is expecting a record breaking number of flyers this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday travel period with more than 26.8 million passengers traveling through security screening checkpoints nationwide Nov. 22 through Dec. 2. TSA officials are prepared to process the volume of passengers at airport security checkpoints, working closely with airports and airlines …

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Record cold weather this week in Oklahoma

State Climatologist Gary McManus with the Oklahoma Mesonet says there’s no doubt about it, Oklahoma had record low temperatures this week. He says just compare the readings this week… to those already in the record books. “Just eyeballin’ it, looks like we broke low temperature records throughout the state, as well as heckuva lot of …

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Cheaper prices at the gas pumps in Oklahoma

Gasoline prices in Oklahoma dropped four cents on average in the past week reaching a new average of $2.32 a gallon while nationally the average increased a penny to $2.61 a gallon. AAA Oklahoma reports the lowest prices found in Oklahoma were averages of $2.21 a gallon in Washington County in the northeast and the …

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