Pipeline Developer Faces North Dakota Hearing Over Rules Violation

The developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline will have to go before the North Dakota Public Service Commission to face claims it did not notify the commission when it discovered a Native American cultural site during work on the controversial pipeline. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners maintains it was an unintentional violation of state rules when …

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Colorado Energy Company

Colorado-based Buccaneer Energy lost a bid in the Denver Federal Appeals court to revive its antitrust lawsuit against three other gas companies. The firm sued the three claiming they unfairly cut it out of a competitive area of western Colorado. But the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would not bring new life back to …

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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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