Different stands on energy issues

Across the country, local governments are taking stands on energy issues. Some controversial. Some anti-fossil fuel in nature. In Durango, Colorado some of the residents of La Plata county voiced opposition to the county considering adopting so-called 1041 regulations that under the 1974 law give local governments more control over energy projects. Especially big ones. …

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Report—a fracking ban would halt new economic growth ‘instantly’

Oil and gas leaders know that if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is elected President and follows through with her pledge to ban fracking on her first day in office, she can’t do it without Congress.  Still, the very subject no doubt has those leaders shaking their heads in disbelief. Energy and Environment Secretary Kenneth Wagner has …

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Oil prices drop while US talks with Saudi Arabia following drone attack

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the attack on 2 important Saudi oil facilities on Saturday and to “coordinate efforts to counter Iranian aggression in the region,” per a statement. Where it stands: Saudi officials said Tuesday that they’ll fully restore oil …

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Lawyer to do double duty at Oklahoma Labor Department

Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn has appointed Don Schooler as Chief of Staff for the Oklahoma Department of Labor. In addition to his new role, Schooler will remain in his position as General Counsel for the agency. “Don is an invaluable asset and has a wealth of historical knowledge of the agency. In addition to a …

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Now it’s just Baker Hughes, not Baker Hughes a GE Company

No longer will it be called Baker Hughes, a GE Company.  After General Electric closed $3.3 billion in stock sales this week reducing its ownership of the oilfield service company to 36.8 percent, Baker Hughes announced it was dropping “a GE Company” from its name and also changing its stock ticker symbol. It would stand …

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New training jets coming to Vance Air Force Base

The timetable isn’t known but sometime in the future the Air Force’s new advanced trainer, the T-X, also named the T-7A Red Hawk will be flying in the skies over Oklahoma. The Air Force announced this week the plane will replace the T-38C starting in 2023. The T-38s can be seen flying out of Vance …

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Corps of Engineers suggests $250 million in new flood levees in Tulsa

Four months after deadly flooding along the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a study on the safety of flood levees in Tulsa County. The study fills 161 pages of recommendations regarding the levees that prevented even more extensive flood damage in Sand Springs and parts of some …

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Xcel Energy announces move to smart meters

Smart meters are coming to the customers served by Xcel Energy in eight states in the Midwest and the Southwest. The Minnesota-based company announced this week it entered into an agreement with Itron to secure the meters to install across its system. Xcel Energy has 3.6 million electric and 2 million natural gas customers in …

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Governor picks Osage County District Judge for Supreme Court

  The newest member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court who might rule on energy issues in the state is Osage County District Judge M. John Kane IV. He was named Tuesday by Gov. Kevin Stitt to replace retired justice John Reif who had been appointed by former Gov. Brad Henry. Kane has been an Osage …

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Record oil and gas production in North Dakota

Flaring in North Dakota continues to exceed the state’s goals, but was still less than posted in last month’s oil and gas production report — despite the fact crude oil and natural gas production reached new heights. The monthly oil production report released Monday, Sept. 16, shows a 1.2 percent increase in crude oil production …

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