US crude oil prices hit a strong $63 mark

  Thursday was another day of increased crude oil prices in the U.S. and in Europe as prices in the U.S. finished midway between $63 and $64 a barrel reaching four-week highs. The increased prices are believed to be due to positive U.S. economic data and higher demand forecasts from the International Energy Agency and …

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Lankford wants US to remain energy leader while protecting research from China

Senator James Lankford (R-OK)on Thursday participated in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing to examine the role of the Department of Energy (DOE) and energy innovation in American economic competitiveness. Lankford’s questions focused on how the US can promote innovation and in which areas we may be stifling innovation, as well as how we can protect our …

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Rep. Lucas warns US scientific research is under threat

Oklahoma congressman Frank Lucas opened a House Committee hearing Thursday urging support for increased national research investment pointing out the U.S. already lags behind China. Rep. Lucas is the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology which held a hearing on “Reimagining our Innovation Future.” He warned the nation’s leadership in …

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Enverus reports increase in rig numbers

  The US rig count rose by one in the last week to 509 as of April 14, according to Enverus Rig Analytics. The count is up 5% in the last month but down 7% YOY. Both the Anadarko Basin and the DJ Basin have seen rig counts recover to year-ago levels at 30 and …

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Santa Fe converting to LED street lights

  The city of Santa Fe plans to convert 2,000 more streetlights to LED bulbs, a move that could result in more than a half-million dollars in savings. The additional 2,000 energy-efficient bulbs will  bring the total to 5,500 streets total reported the Santa Fe New Mexican. Click here for Santa Fe New Mexican story. …

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Montana AG outlines case for Keystone XL pipeline

  Some details of the lawsuit brought by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and 21 other state attorneys general against the President’s cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline permit were revealed this week during a congressional hearing. Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen outlined the case to a House subcommittee, professing that President Biden’s action revoking …

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Rainfall not enough to stop growth of drought

  More rainfall is projected across the state in the next day or so adding to amounts that Oklahoma received in the past 30 days. But the drought is still lurking in the state. The Oklahoma Mesonet showed southeast Oklahoma has benefitted the most in the past month with more than four inches of rain …

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Energy news in brief

** Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday the majority of its oil and gas reserves will be produced by 2050, playing down the risk of stranded assets as it prepares to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades. ** A liftboat leaving Louisiana for an offshore oil and gas hub capsizes, leaving one person dead and …

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Biden admin discusses tribes’ broader oversight in oil-rich Oklahoma

  The Biden administration has reached out to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and is reported to be in talks over the impact of the McGirt U.S. Supreme Court ruling that stripped the state of criminal prosecutions in cases on reservation land. Reuters reported the talks focus on whether tribes in Oklahoma should have a bigger …

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Fine Particulate Matter health advisory for Thursday, April 15, 2021

               Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021   Air Pollutant(s): Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Current Monitoring Data Advisory Sign Up EPA’s Air Now