Environmentalists Lose Fight to Stop New Arena where Kevin Durant Will Play

First the Golden State Warriors got the Oklahoma City Thunder’s star Kevin Durant. Now the Bay area team wins a judge’s ruling allowing it to move out of Oakland and build a $1 billion arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay area. Environmentalists fighting the project say they will ask a California appeals court to overturn the …

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Corporation Commission Holds Emergency Session to Meet EPA ‘Wording’ Changes

In a move to comply with “wording” demands of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission will hold a special meeting Thursday to make changes in the definitions in its Underground Storage Tanks rules. “It’s a matter of wording,” explained Matt Skinner, spokesman for the Commission. “We just holding this emergency meeting in order to …

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Interim House Study to Tackle Growing Problem of Wild Pigs in Oklahoma

(From the State House) Suggestions for controlling and reducing the infestation of feral hogs in Oklahoma will be reviewed during an interim legislative study this year requested by three members of the state House of Representatives. The studies were requested by Reps. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester; Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston; and Sean Roberts, R-Hominy. House Speaker Jeff …

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Wyoming Moves to Counteract EPA’s Targeting of Coal

Already feeling the impact of the Obama administration’s war on coal, the state of Wyoming has decided to combat the green-energy promoters of the federal government by partnering with Japan. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed an agreement this week calling for cooperation between the state and a consortium of Japanese companies in researching clean-coal technology. …

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Older Oil Tanker Cars Banned in Canada

The kind of oil tanker cars that resulted in a fiery crash and killed 47 people in Quebec, Canada three years ago are being banned by the Canadian government. As of Nov. 1, the older tankers called DOT-111 cars will not be allowed to transport oil in the country, according to Marc Garneau, Canada’s transport …

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Impact of Koch Industries is Felt in 50 States

Say what you want about the politics of the Koch brothers, but their Koch companies in 2015 directly employed nearly 60,000 people in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Wichita, Kansas based company also paid compensation and benefits totaling more than $5.5 billion according to a recent study by the independent economic research firm Harrah …

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Bartlesville Awaits More Possible Layoffs at ConocoPhillips Operations

Nine months after ConocoPhilips laid off 1,800 workers, including 170 at its Bartlesville, Oklahoma operation, the company has to cut another thousand workers from its payroll. But there’s no indication some of those losing their jobs are workers in Bartlesville, home to Phillips 66 before it merged with Conoco. The latest round of layoffs is …

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Clean and Green Energy Emphasized in Democratic Party Platform

With the national Democratic party convention underway this week in Philadelphia, the party’s national platform has been adopted, one focusing on the rights and needs of workers and an emphasis on green energy and environmentally friendly development. Two who helped draw up the platform were Charles Hoskins of Vinita and Alberta Swanegan-Owens of Oklahoma City. …

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Gasoline Prices Hit Lowest Oklahoma Average since April

Gasoline prices in Oklahoma are down to their lowest average since late April, reaching a new average of $1.94, according to figures released this week by AAA Oklahoma. The new average is 3 cents cheaper per gallon than one week ago, making the Oklahoma gasoline some of the cheapest in the U.S. “If your late-summer …

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Corporation Commissioners to Get Power Pool Presentation

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners will get a presentation this week concerning the Southwest Power Pool, the Integrated Marketplace and their impact on electric customers in the state. The presentations will be made Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Jim Thorpe building at the state capital complex. The Integrated Marketplace has meant huge changes in the cost, …

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