Walmart goes all in for climate change efforts

  Walmart announced it is doubling down on addressing the growing climate crisis and plans to target zero emissions across the Arkansas-based company’s global operations by 2040. The Bentonville company also said it is committed to protecting, managing and restoring at least 50 million acres of land and a million square miles of ocean by …

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Alabama Secretary of State asks important questions about a watchdog group

    A California-based energy group is catching the attention of some critics, including some who fear it might try to become active in Oklahoma. It is the Energy and Policy Institute which describes itself as a “watchdog” group. Its critics think it might be more of an attack dog group against fossil fuels. Energy …

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Energy news in brief

** The Saudi Energy Minister warned traders on Thursday against betting heavily in the oil market saying he will try to make the market “jumpy” and promised those who gamble on the oil price would be hurt “like hell”. ** Mesa Royalty Trust in Houston announced that there will be no distribution paid for the month ended …

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Citizen scientists in Tulsa

  A University of Tulsa student’s plan to monitor the water quality of the Arkansas River is gaining ground in Tulsa, thanks to a request from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. The story from the Tulsa World. Click here to read.  

Residents clamor for tougher restrictions on proposed wind farm in central Kansas

NextEra Energy’s proposed wind farm near Hutchinson, Kansas has county officials working on new wind farm restrictions and regulations, including required setbacks from residential areas. In a recent meeting, the Reno County Planning Commission listened to 50 speakers during a four and one-half session before concluding to take no additional public comment. Some members of …

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5 Major US Utilities That Haven’t Promised to Fully Decarbonize

  Oklahoma Gas and Electric is one of five major utilities in the U.S. identified as not promising to fully decarbonize and follow suit in which numerous other firms have done. GreenTech Media identified five major utilities that it described as “exceptions” or “holdouts” that have not promised to eliminate their greenhouse gas emissions. GTM …

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U.S. shelves Wyoming oil and gas leasing plans over sage grouse

    The Trump administration has shelved plans to offer nearly 350,000 acres for oil and gas leasing in Wyoming next week, according to documents seen by Reuters on Thursday, citing protections for a threatened Western bird. In notices posted on a Bureau of Land Management website on Sept. 11 and Sept. 14, the agency’s …

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Water Board to update public about protecting the Illinois River in Oklahoma

  The Oklahoma Water Resources Board will hold a public webinar this week to update the state on ongoing efforts to protect the Illinois River Watershed from phosphorous pollution. The OWRB’s Water Quality Standards staff will inform stakeholders and others about the revision of what is known as the “total phosphorous criterion” for the protection …

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Most energy companies saw losses in Friday’s trading of shares

  Just as oil futures seem to be mired in the low $40s, so are stocks in Oklahoma energy companies as reflected by Friday’s trading. More firms reported a loss as Wall Street closed for the weekend. Alliance Resource Partners dropped 4 cents for a 1.24% decline to $3.18. Blueknight Energy Partners gained only one …

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Chesapeake Energy gets funding from 14 banks

  While Chesapeake Energy wades through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Oklahoma City company has made a new credit agreement with at least 14 lending institutions. The filing of a Form 8-K with the Securities Exchange Commission showed Chesapeake Energy signed a “Senior Secured Super-priority debtor-in-possession credit agreement” on Sept. 15, 2020. “The Amendment, among …

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