Oklahoma’s Rig Count Edges Past 100—Nation Adds 17

  Oklahoma added 6 oil and gas rigs in the past week to top the 100 mark while nationwide, the rig count grew by 17 to reach 729, according to figures released by Baker Hughes Company of Houston. Oklahoma’s count reached 102 compared to the 80 rigs reported one year ago at this time. Nationally, …

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House Approves Rejection of “Midnight Methane” Emissions Rule by BLM

The U.S. House voted Friday overwhelmingly to block the eleventh-hour move by the Obama administration and its Bureau of Land Management methane emissions rule. It’s a rule that some, including Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine consider “overreaching and duplicative.” The House passed H.J. Res. 36 to block the bill on a 221-191 vote. “The Obama era …

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Inhofe Votes to Overturn Obama Administration’s Stream Protection Rule

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe voted Thursday in favor of a H. J. Res 38, a Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the Stream Protection Rule issued by the U.S. Department of Interior. The Resolution passed the Senate by a final vote of 54-45. “Despite its title, the stream protection rule would hurt our …

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Republicans Suspend Committee Rules and Recommend Pruitt to Head EPA

  Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination to take over as Administrator of the EPA is finally on its way to the full U.S. Senate but not without more political drama offered by Democrats on Capitol Hill. When Democrats boycotted the meeting of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for a second straight …

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Reps. Lucas and Bridenstine Get House Science Committee Assignments

Oklahoma U.S. Representatives Frank Lucas and Jim Bridenstine know their 2015 assignments on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Committee chairman Lamar Smith, (R-Texas) made the announcement this week. “Rep. Frank Lucas will continue to serve as vice chair of the Science Committee. His leadership and dedication to ensuring that federally funded science is …

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North Dakota Legislator Wants Tough Punishment for Rioters

There’s another side to the story of the protesters and their encampment around the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.  And a North Dakota lawmaker wants tighter penalties on people involved in riots. Rep. Todd Porter has sponsored a measure carrying up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $20,000 fine for anyone convicted of …

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Supreme Court Nominee and his Energy and Environmental Rulings

  Supporters of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the Denver Federal Appeals Court judge say he’s the kind of judge who interprets the law without trying to legislate from the bench. But what kind of judge is he when it comes to the environment?  To energy issues? What do we know about the …

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Army Corps of Engineers Directed to Allow Completion of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

  Less than a week after President Trump announced the U.S. would move ahead with the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been directed to allow completion of the Dakota Access line. It means those months of protests by Oklahomans and others who joined the encampment in North …

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How Quickly Will Keystone XL Pipeline Win Approval in Trump Administration?

Given how quickly President Trump has acted on matters in his first two weeks in office, the question is raised just how quickly the Trump administration will act on TransCanada’s renewed application for a Keystone XL presidential permit. The company applied for the permit last week following President Trump’s announcement concerning the Keystone XL and …

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Lawton Legislator Pushes Plan to Replace Energy Sector Taxes

Freshman Rep. John Michael Montgomery has a vision—–doing something to get Oklahoma’s state revenue off what he considers to be volatile sources—income taxes and gross production taxes. The Lawton Republican is promoting his “Vision 2050”, a bill he filed to be considered in this session of the legislature. House Bill 1400, as he explained in …

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