State Supreme Court Rules Vehicle Sales Tax is Constitutional

By a vote of 5-4, the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the vehicle sales tax measure that passed in May during the last week of legislative session. Legislators used a repealer to eliminate an exemption to the tax on automobile sales. The bill was contested on the allegation that it created a new …

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Marathon Reports STACK Success While Also Shutting Down Galveston Refinery

Both the STACK and SCOOP continue giving up large wells to a variety of companies. Houston’s Marathon Oil Company reports a well near Kingfisher, one of three making up a multi-unit operation is producing 1,055 barrels a day. Located about 2 miles northeast of Kingfisher, 12 16N 7W the Hansens well also is producing 3,184 …

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Flooded Refineries Leak Pollutants

State regulators in Texas confirm the hurricane caused the release of pollutants from refineries operated along the Gulf Coast. The flooding also destroyed two oil storage tanks releasing about 30,000 gallons of crude oil on Wednesday. Reports indicated the refineries were those run by Exxon, Shell and other companies. The state was informed by Shell …

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Williams Cos. Donates $500,000 to Hurricane Relief

Tulsa’s Williams Cos. has contributed $500,000 to flood relief in Houston. The donation is going to the United Way of Greater Houston’s flood relief fund. The company also announced it is also deploying direct assistance efforts for any of its 900 workers in Houston and surrounding areas in the Gulf who are in need as …

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Chaparral Energy Raises Money for Hurricane Relief

While nearly a dozen oil and gas companies joined with the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association in launching a blood and donation drive for hurricane victims, one other Oklahoma energy company is doing what it can. Chaparral Energy has joined the cause to help those left homeless and living in shelters. “We have set up …

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Palm Trees, the Ocean and Massive Damage Greeted OGE Crews in Texas

OGE crews remain in hurricane-devastated Rockport, Texas. Pictures tweeted by the utility indicated they staged earlier this week at the county airport in Rockport, a city of about 10,000 located north of Port Aransas. The kind of work the crews are doing is very much like what they do following any Oklahoma tornado or severe …

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Gasoline Prices Jumped 20 Cents in Tulsa Wednesday Night Due to Harvey

Experts had predicted the hurricane flooding would eventually result in gasoline prices to skyrocket because of the shutdown of nearly a dozen refineries along the Gulf Coast. It happened Wednesday night when prices in Tulsa shot up 20 cents a gallon, reaching the price of $2.39 a gallon. GasBuddy.com reported the high price at several …

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Donation Drive Launched by Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association to Help Texans

The Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association is launching a one-day drive to help Texas in the wake of the deadly and devastating Hurricane and flooding. The drive, in connection with the Oklahoma Red Cross will be held Friday. Several energy companies are part of the effort to provide more aid and comfort to storm survivors. …

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Explosions Reported at Flooded Texas Chemical Plant

A flooded chemical plant that forced the evacuation of residents in Crosby, Texas exploded twice early Thursday. ¬†Arkema Group, one of the world’s largest chemical companies had warned on Wednesday the plant stood a good chance of exploding because there was no longer electrical power to cool potentially dangerous chemicals. Floodwaters had flooded emergency generators …

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OEM Provides First Update on Statewide Response to Texas Storm

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) reported its first update on assistance to Texas following the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. OEM officials continue working with FEMA as well as representatives in Texas and Louisiana and other state, local, tribal and voluntary agencies. The State Emergency Operations Center is activated, according to a …

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