Rig Operator Defends Safety Record In Light of Deadly Blast at Quinton

  “I think the record shows – certainly in the last few years – we’ve been one of the safest companies in the industry.” Patterson-UTI spokesman after Quinton explosion. This week’s deadly gas rig blast near Quinton that killed 5 workers is being described as the nation’s deadliest oil and gas accident since the Deepwater …

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Oklahoma Gas Operator to Build $150 million Plant in North Dakota

A $150 million gas processing plant will be built in North Dakota’s Bakken by Houston’s Hess Midstream Partners LP and Targa Resources Corporation also based in Houston, Texas. Targa has extensive operations in Oklahoma. The new plant will be able to handle 200 million standard cubic feet of gas a day. It will be called …

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Opposition to Self-Driving Vehicles Declines Nationally According to AAA

A new survey by AAA says American drivers are beginning to embrace self-driving vehicles. The Oklahoma offices of AAA released the survey results showing 63 percent of U.S. drives report feeling afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle. That’s down from 78 percent reported in early 2017. In 2016, a survey of Oklahoma drivers …

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DEQ and EPA Join Forces to Alert Oklahomans About Dangers of Radon Gas

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality announced this week it is offering free Radon Test Kits to Oklahoma residents. The offer following the declaration by the EPA that January is National Radon Action Month. The Oklahoma DEQ is working with the EPA in the nationwide campaign to educate the country about the dangers of radon …

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Contractor Charged With Home Repair Fraud Following Elk City Tornado

A southwest Oklahoma contractor has been charged with felony construction fraud following the tornado that hit Elk City last May. But he is denying the claims made in the charges. Chris Poindexter, owner of Pridex Construction Company of Lone Wolf was the subject of a 37-page arrest warrant issued this week. He was charged after …

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Oklahoma Storm Chaser Found Dead on Cruise Ship in Puerto Rico

Details of the death of TV’s Storm Chasing star Joel Taylor indicated he was found dead on a cruise ship last this week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Yahoo reports the cause of the death of the 38 year old Discovery Channel star from Elk City, Oklahoma has yet to be determined. He was found …

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Puerto Ricans Show Gratitude to OGE Crews Working to Restore Electricity

  Grateful Puerto Ricans are showing their appreciation to the 50 Oklahoma Gas and Electric linemen who arrived this week and went to work restoring electrical power months after Hurricane Maria. Some gave up their homes so the linemen would have a place to sleep. The gratitude has surprised even hardened linemen like Rick Berg. …

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Work Underway to Identify 5 Workers Killed in Rig Explosion

  The Oklahoma Medical Examiner is in the process of formally identifying the five workers killed in the Monday morning explosion that destroyed a gas-drilling rig near Quinton in Pittsburg County. The bodies were discovered Tuesday in the crushed doghouse at the site of the rig. The rig collapsed amidst the explosion and resulting fire. …

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Report Says Wind and Solar Jobs Outnumber Oil and Gas in 30 States

A new report by the Environmental Defense Fund claims wind and solar energy jobs now outnumber coal and gas jobs in 30 U.S. states, including Washington, D.C. Despite the dramatic increase in wind farm operations in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, they are not among the 30 states cited by the EDF.  None of the major …

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Williams to Release Earnings Report February 14

Shareholders of Williams and Williams Partners will learn financial results for 2017 in a few weeks. The Tulsa-based company announced Wednesday the year-end financial results will be released after the market closes Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. It will also host a joint question and answer session on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 8:30 a.m. Central Time. …

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