11th Hour biofuel waivers given to refiners by Trump administration

  In what is described as a last-minute move by the Trump administration, three oil refineries were granted exemptions from biofuel-blending mandates. Reports did not identify the three refineries but Oklahoma’s Wynnewood Refining Company is one of two firms whose appeals of earlier denials will be heard sometime this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. …

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Crude oil futures rebound from Friday’s losses

Crude oil futures managed to rebound from Friday’s losses in trading in the US and overseas in Europe. After West Texas Intermediate crude fell $1.21 or more than 2% in Friday’s trading, the US benchmark rose 62 cents to $52.98 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Global benchmark Brent crude also rebounded, going …

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Energy news in brief

** Another former Obama administration staffer joins the Biden administration. The President-elect named Elizabeth Klein as the deputy secretary of the Interior Department brining back the lawyer who served both the Clinton and Obama administrations. ** Representatives of fuel suppliers to Venezuela, importers of Venezuelan oil and advocacy groups said this month they plan to press …

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Lucas and Johnson Bill will improve STEM education in rural communities

  Oklahoma Republican Congressman Frank Lucas joined forces with Texas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in introducing a bill in the U.S. House to improve science, technology, engineering, math and computer science education in rural communities. Lucas is the Ranking Republican on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee chaired by Rep. Johnson. Their Rural …

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New earth science exhibit funded by OERB grant

  Tulsa’s Discovery Lab is unveiling a new earth science exhibit made possible in part by the people of Oklahoma Oil and Natural Gas. Through a $25,000 grant from the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB), the Discovery Lab’s new, original exhibition, Beneath Your Feet: Geology of Oklahoma will allow visitors to explore the geosciences behind how our state’s …

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Final blow to Trump’s environmental deregulation efforts

On President Trump’s last day in office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down his administration’s replacement of the Obama administration’s climate change regulations for power plants. The ruling by a three-judge panel comprised of two Democratic appointees and one Trump-appointed judge was considered to be a final blow …

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Colorado sues BLM over oil-drilling plan

The state of Colorado has gone to court with a lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to expand oil drilling what’s called the Uncompahgre Plateau, a nearly 1.5 million-acre geologic uplift in the southwest part of the state. In filing the lawsuit, Gov. Jared Polis said the BLM’s long-range plan did not follow …

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Legislation in Kansas and Missouri targets natural gas bans

  Eight months after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law a bill blocking cities from banning natural gas, Kansas and Missouri are considering the same move. Hearings on efforts in the two states are expected to be held soon. In Oklahoma, House Bill 3619 was signed into law in May of 2020 after it …

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Ohio joins Oklahoma and others in targeting environmental trespassers

  Oklahoma took the action years ago putting a law on the books targeting those who trespass on energy properties and in recent days Ohio did the same, becoming the 13th state to do so. Since 2017, states such as Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota adopted laws protecting energy and industrial infrastructure from environmental …

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More Oklahoma highway improvement projects

  Millions of dollars in contracts were recently approved by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission for the design of future highway projects including state highway 9 near Norman, US highway 69 near Durant and the Duncan Bypass in Stephens County. At least 17 engineering contracts for the design of the projects were approved as part of …

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