Morrissette Plans One More Public Hearing on Earthquakes and Wastewater Disposal Wells

              OKLAHOMA CITY (21 July 2016) – A state legislator who is terming out this year plans to convene one more public hearing to examine potential options for disposing of brine produced during oil and gas exploration.             The House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will convene an interim legislative study on the …

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Harold Hamm Considered as Energy Secretary in Trump Administration

    (Reuters) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is considering nominating Oklahoma oil and gas mogul Harold Hamm as energy secretary if elected to the White House on Nov. 8, according to four sources close to Trump’s campaign. The chief executive of Continental Resources (CLR.N) would be the first U.S. energy secretary drawn directly from …

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Blueknight Purchases Ergon Asphalt Terminals for $108.8 Million; Ergon Acquires Blueknight’s General Partner

Oklahoma City-based Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. announced it’s buying nine asphalt terminals for nearly $109 million from Ergon, Inc., a company based in Jackson, Mississippi. In turn, Ergon is acquiring Blueknight’s general partner. Ergon was established in 1954 and is involved in asphalt, crude oil and refined products. The nine terminals are located in Wolcott, …

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GOP Focuses on States Rights in Energy Platform

Calling itself the part of America’s growers, producers, farmers, ranchers, foresters, miners, commercial fishermen and all those who bring from the earth the crops, minerals and energy, the Republican Party unveiled its party platform this week in Cleveland. “We look in vain within the Democratic Party for leaders who will speak for the people of …

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Congressman Russell Announces Town Hall Meetings

Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell has announced that he will hold two town hall meetings on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Oklahoma City. A “Bring Your Own Brown Bag Lunch” gathering will be hosted at noon at the OSU-OKC Student Center and at 6 p.m. at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Both events are open to the public. The …

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Final Step Taken to Delist Lesser Prairie Chicken

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is one happy man today after the final step was taken to delist the Lesser Prairie Chicken. The chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has spent the past few years fighting the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the bird, a move opposed by oil and gas …

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Energy Tax Credits in Line for State Review

While it has been tasked with reviewing and making recommendations about the fate of dozens of tax credit programs from wind farms to ethanol in Oklahoma to next year’s legislature, the Oklahoma Incentive Commission is not exactly racing down the stretch. Lyle Roggow, chairman of the Commission said afterward, “we’re making great headway.”  In last week’s …

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Chesapeake Settlement Leads One Winning Attorney to Sue Another in Texas

So much for the partying after a massive settlement of a lawsuit against an Oklahoma City energy company. One of the attorneys who sued and brought about a $53 million settlement with Chesapeake Energy in a Texas royalty fight now has gone to court against his co-counsel. Jim Ward wants a third of the legal …

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Wichitas and Caddos Fight Over Construction Site and Environmental Claims

In a fight with the Caddo Nation over the construction of a history center near Anadarko, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes asked an Oklahoma City federal judge recently to throw out the Caddo Nation’s lawsuit challenging the site of the center. The Caddo Tribe contends the construction site holds sacred Caddo burial sites and filed …

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Landfills Face New EPA Methane Gas Emissions Standards

Landfills nationwide now face new stands for methane gas emissions as set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As of last Friday, the final standards were released for new and modified municipal solid waste landfills and emission guidelines for existing ones. The EPA’s goal is to reduce methane emissions by about 334,000 tons a year …

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