AG’s Lawsuit Against FCC Results in Millions in Savings for State

From Attorney General’s office: OKLAHOMA CITY – After a lawsuit brought by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order this week that will save the state millions of dollars by partially relieving state and local agencies from the burden of unlawful federal regulations. The suit involves the FCC’s attempt …

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Summit Utilities Co.Takes Over Oklahoma Gas Operations and Hit With Fines in Maine

The same week that Summit Utilities took over operations of the Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation, the firm agreed to pay $307,000 in fines in Maine over safety violations. One of the violations, according to the Associated Press was a potentially “catastrophic” gas leak in Augusta, Maine. Known as Summit Natural Gas of Maine, the company …

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Anti-Frackers aren’t Eager to Support Trump for his Stance on Voter Control

What Donald Trump says about energy gets the attention, pro or con from oil and gas people in Oklahoma, Texas and other fossil-fuel producing states, especially if it concerns fracking. His recent comments about supporting voters who want to control fracking caught the attention of the Dallas Observer and reporter Christian McPhate. He reached out …

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Chevron Reaches Agreement Over Cleanup of Old Mine at Red River, NM

The government’s apparently reached a settlement over the cleanup of the massive mining operation that became a Superfund site west of Red River, New Mexico. The U.S. Department of Justice and the State of New Mexico filed a proposed $143 million settlement with Chevron Mining Inc. over the next step in the cleanup of Chevron’s …

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Halliburton Hit With Another Pollution Lawsuit by Duncan Residents

Another lawsuit has been filed by Duncan residents alleging Halliburton Energy Services polluted their property through an old missile and rocket fuel removal, disposal and open burning operation years ago. More than 100 residents filed suit this week in Oklahoma City federal court (CV-00910-M) claiming the operation left their property damaged. Another suit against Halliburton …

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Massachusetts AG Tackles Exxon Over Climate Change Fight

  The Climate Change war between Exxon Mobil Corp. and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey heated up this week in a Texas federal court where Healey asked a judge to throw out Exxon’s lawsuit. Healey contends the suit is a “transparent attempt at forum shopping” in the company’s fight against her climate change investigation. She …

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Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation Sold

The dollar amount wasn’t disclosed but Summit Utilities, a privately held holding company is becoming the new owner of the Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation. Summit operates natural gas distribution subsidiaries in Colorado, Missouri and Maine and will soon take over the serving of nearly 60,000 natural gas utility customers in Oklahoma and Arkansas, according to …

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Gasoline Prices Bounce Up and Reach $1.97 Average in Oklahoma

Gasoline prices have bounced back upward a few more cents in Oklahoma, raising the state’s average this week to $1.97 a gallon, an increase of four and a half cents over the past week, according to AAA Oklahoma. Lawton has the lowest average at $1.90, an increase of 4 cents over the last several days. …

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Hillary BackPedals on Local Control over Fracking

Second thoughts about fracking and local control. It’s what the two Presidential candidates are having as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said she now supports a state Supreme Court ruling which prohibits local governments from banning the process. It comes after GOP nominee Donald Trump had told supporters he supports fracking but also believes local governments …

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Nearly 200,000 Jobs Lost in Energy Sector Since Downturn

While consumers enjoy lower fuel prices associated with the energy downturn, cheap oil is to blame for the loss of nearly 200,000 jobs, according to a report issued on Thursday by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. Almost 95,000 jobs have been eliminated in 2016 by energy companies, according to the Chicago-based firm. Most …

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