Energy Groups Support FERC

At least nine energy industry associations including those representing oil and natural gas reacted positively this week to the action of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed rulemaking on grid resiliency pricing in the nation’s bulk power system. The groups included the Advanced Energy Economy, American Council on Renewable Energy, American Petroleum Institute, American Wind …

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Step Up Oklahoma Group Announces Reform Plans

The state government budget crisis got the attention of a group of Oklahoma business, civic and community leaders who announced this week a plan to do something about it. Calling themselves “nonpartisan” the Step Up Oklahoma members called for reform and revenue measures to eliminate abuse and waste and at the same time raise money …

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Critical Backlog of Maintenance Cited on McClellan-Kerr Navigation System

The Director of the Muskogee City-County Port Authority warned the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week a critical backlog of maintenance is growing along the 445-mile stretch of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. Scott Robinson was among a handful who testified during a committee hearing into “America’s Water Infrastructure Needs and …

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Who’s Complaining About Pumping Their Own Gas?

Under the topic of “it’s almost too good to be true,” you have to read what drivers in Oregon are complaining about—-having to pump their own gasoline! Not a joke! Beginning Jan. 1, a new state law took effect ‘allowing’ drivers in counties with less than 40,000 people to fill up their cars and trucks …

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Congress Moves to Exempt Indian Casinos From Federal Labor Laws

Nearly 14 years after the federal government said tribal casinos could be subjected to labor laws because they employ non-Indians and cater to non-Indians, the House has passed a bill targeting the move. And Oklahoma Congressman Tom  Cole applauded the move, although in a statement he never mentioned ‘casinos’. “For almost 14 years, my colleagues …

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Texas Attorney General Wants Assurances of Lower Utility Rates From Tax Reform

While the Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants utilities to first review the impact of lower federal corporate taxes before deciding whether to move ahead with lower consumer rates,  the attorney general  in Texas wants to make sure the feds take care of it. Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, joined 10 Democratic and other Republican attorneys …

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Conference Calls Coming for ConocoPhillips and Noble Midstream

ConocoPhillips will release its fourth quarter and full-year 2017 financial and operating results in a few weeks. The Houston-based company with big operations in Oklahoma, especially Bartlesville,  will release the results before the market opens on Feb. 1. Then it will host a conference call webcast on the same day at 11 a.m. CST Houston’s …

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Study Shows Radioactive Contaminated Water Exists in Oklahoma and other States

A new report by the Environmental Working Group maintains drinking water for more than 170 million Americans contains radioactive elements that might increase the risk of cancer. The group carried out an analysis of 2010 to 2015 test results from public water systems across the country and found an estimated 1.6 million Oklahomans fall under …

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Legislator Says Raising Oil and Gas Taxes Would be a Good Start to Fix State Budget

A southern Oklahoma legislator believes one of the first things the legislature will do when it returns for the 2018 regular legislative session in a few weeks is to work on raising the gross production tax on oil and gas. It’s what Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) told the Daily Ardmoreite, explaining how the legislature wants …

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Significant Increase in 2017 Cited by Oklahoma Energy Index

The Oklahoma Energy Index closed 2017 with what its researchers call a “significant increase.” It came after a year of modest recovery in Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry. The Energy Index grew by 2.4 percent, marking the strongest monthly gain of 2017. The index, using data collected in November, stands at 179.0, which was …

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