U.S. Taxpayers Could Foot the Bill Over Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Taxpayers will likely get the bill covering $38 million in North Dakota expenses connected to several months of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.  Not just North Dakota taxpayers but U.S. taxpayers as the state seeks money from the federal government. The company building the $3.8 billion pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners based in Dallas has …

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Texas Challenges New Federal Underground Gas Storage Rules

Texas is taking on the federal government in a challenge of federal safety regulations on underground natural gas storage. Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a petition in the 5th U.S. Circuit court of Appeals contending the rules were adopted without adequate input and strip local governments of their authority. The new rules were the …

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Oil Could Flow This Week Through Dakota Access Pipeline

Oil could be flowing this week through the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota even as opponents continue fighting the project. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled over the weekend against the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction against the flow of oil. It echoed a …

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Kimray Lands Big South American Energy Contract

Oklahoma City-based Kimray Inc. announced it has struck an exclusive distribution agreement with a leading Argentinean company with significant presence throughout the oil and gas value chain. The deal is with Comsert Medicion and Control. The firm will distribute Kimray’s line of regulators, control valves, glycol pumps and liquid level controls in Argentina, Chile and …

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Politico Says Inhofe’s Never Been More Influential on Environmental Policy in Washington

Senator Jim Inhofe was in the spotlight Friday when it came to Politico’s Morning Energy Report.  The Internet newsletter focused on Inhofe’s influence on capitol hill when it comes to energy and on how his former aides are picking up some of the prime spots in the Environmental Protection Agency. Read what the Morning Energy …

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Inhofe Asked to Defend Massive Budget Cuts to EPA Monitoring of Oklahoma Earthquakes

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe found himself defending President Trump’s proposed 31% budget cuts to the EPA during a recent interview on CNN. Anchor Poppy Harlow questioned how the Senator could be comfortable with massive cuts that could affect the EPA’s monitoring of earthquakes in Oklahoma, quakes caused by wastewater injection wells. Senator Inhofe stumbled …

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Trump Administration Says It will Rescind BLM Fracking Rules on Federal Lands

The Trump administration has notified the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver it intends to scrap the Obama administration fracking rules aimed at oil and gas operations on federal lands. At the same time, the government asked the court to delay next week’s scheduled oral arguments in the case that arose last year. …

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Inhofe—-Era of Heavy Handed Regulations is Over

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says the era of what he calls the “heavy-handed regulations” from the Obama administration is over. Writing this week in USA Today, he said President Trump has started delivering on his campaign promises including rolling back some controversial EPA rules. Here is his letter to the paper. For the eight …

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Lankford Says It’s Time the Nation Knew of the Midwest Wildfire Disaster

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford figured this week it was time the rest of the nation—-maybe the East Coast residents—should be made aware of the wildfire devastation in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. He took to the Senate floor to deliver a nearly 9-minute long speech, describing in detail of the devastation he has personally witnessed. …

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Oklahoma Senate Suspends Powerful State Senator from Leadership Posts

The Oklahoma State Senate passed a unanimous resolution on Wednesday afternoon stripping Ralph Shortey’s legislative privileges based on disorderly conduct, after allegations surfaced about his personal relationship involving an underage boy, according to a report by The Oklahoman. Shortey, a Republican from District 44 in south Oklahoma City, has served in the Oklahoma Legislature since …

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