First Real Blast of Winter coming Wednesday to the State

  Oklahoma is bracing for its first real arctic blast of the approaching winter with temperatures dropping to the single digits in the Panhandle and teens elsewhere. The blast is to arrive Tuesday night and early Wednesday, resulting in day-time highs on Thursday only in the 20s across northern Oklahoma and 30s in the south. …

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North Dakota Pipeline Builders Call Government’s Halt of work “purely political”

  While Hollywood celebrities and Native Americans are celebrating the Obama administration’s decision to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, the pipeline owners are denouncing the decision. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and Sunoco Logistics Partners L..P. called it a “purely political action” by the Army Corps of Engineers not to grant …

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Two More Earthquakes Rattle Pawnee and Cushing

Days after a U.S. Geological Survey report indicated state regulatory actions on wastewater injection wells appeared to be working in reducing large earthquakes in northern Oklahoma, Pawnee and Payne Counties were rattled by quakes Sunday night and Monday morning. The 3.9 magnitude quake, with an epicenter east of Pawnee was¬†recorded at 9:22 p.m. and resulted …

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Chesapeake Dumps More Holdings to Ease Debt Load

Chesapeake Energy’s announced another $450 million dollar sale of its natural gas assets.¬† It involves nearly 78,000 net acres in the Haynesville Shale area of northern Louisiana. A private company has made the purchase but Chesapeake did not disclose the identity in making the announcement early Monday. The sale includes 250 wells with a current …

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Inhofe says Iran Can’t be Trusted

With the Iran Sanctions Act set to expire at the end of the year, the U.S. Senate and the House recently approved an extension of the act and had the support of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe. “In failing to adhere to United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Iran has repeatedly demonstrated it cannot be trusted,” …

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Sen. Lankford Says It’s Time to Pull the Plug on Renewable Fuel Standard Program

If Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford gets his way, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program will be history. At a recent hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal management, the Senator said it’s time Congress repealed the entire RFS program. “The ethanol Renewable Fuel Standard mandates …

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Asked to Intervene Again in 1989 Bribed ATT Case

The group seeking a $16 billion bribery refund from ATT over a 1989 bribed vote on a rate case is asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to order an evidentiary hearing to examine all of the facts surrounding the bribed vote by the Corporation Commission that allowed ATT to keep millions in excess revenue and not …

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New Chairman Chosen for House Energy and Commerce Committee

Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden will be the new chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee after being chosen this week. He will succeed Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) in the 115th Congress. “Like the Chicago Cubs, we are a team full of MVPs and Energy and Commerce will be in great hands with …

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Chesapeake Still Battling Royalty Lawsuits in South Texas

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy finds itself still fighting lawsuits by 110 royalty owners in the Eagle Ford shale of south Texas. In recent days, the Texas Multidistrict Litigation Panel took over and ordered a pretrial consolidation of the claims of those who contend they were underpaid by Chesapeake. But according to some of the court …

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Judge Won’t Block Law Enforcement at North Dakota Pipeline Protest Site

A federal judge refuses to block North Dakota Law Enforcement from using excessive force against protesters camped for several months near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Judge Daniel Hovland denied a request for a temporary restraining order filed by the National Lawyers Guild which represented the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other protesters. …

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