Warren Buffett—-Surprise Supporter of Keystone XL Pipeline

With his ownership of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, one would think billionaire Warren Buffett would oppose the Keystone XL pipeline. After all, his trains could move the oil as well. But as Steve Jordan of the Omaha World-Herald recently wrote, “Warren Buffett has general supported the project for years.” His article came after …

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December Gasoline Prices Won’t Get Any Better

Some holiday travel advice from AAA Oklahoma—-“Holiday bargains won’t be found at the gas pump this December.” It’s the cautionary tale from the automobile association’s Leslie Gamble who said the national gas price average is $2.51 a gallon or 38 cents more than this time last year. She said Oklahomans will pay an average of …

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Keystone Oil Spill Cleanup Still Underway in South Dakota

TransCanada reports it’s removed more than 44,000 gallons of oil from the spill of the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota. In its most recent update, the Canadian company reported it has 170 people on-site “working around-the-clock” in an effort to clean up the spill that occurred last week. “As of November 24, TransCanada has recovered …

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Attorneys Generals Complain of Fee Increases Proposed by National Park Service

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is one of eleven attorneys general who sent a letter last week to the National Park Service opposing proposed fee-increases at high-profile parks in the U.S. “The Service’s proposed fee increases, which double or even triple existing entrance fees, threaten to put many Americans to the choice of beauty …

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Investment Partnership Will Result in Expansion of Grady County Gathering System

A midstream company that serves oil and gas producers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas has gone into a strategic partnership with Morgan Stanley Energy Partners, in a move that will have a direct impact on one Oklahoma operation. The move was taken this week by Houston-based Durango Investment Holdings LLC. As part of the agreement, …

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Shareholders Approve Merger of Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy

Shareholders of two Kansas electrical power companies voted this week for a merger. It’s planned between Westar Energy, Inc. and Great Plains Energy Incorporated which is the parent company of Kansas City Power and Light. More than 90 percent of the shares voted at each company approved the merger. “We are excited about today’s approval …

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How to Spend VW’s Remediation Money

The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments is issuing a reminder that the state has started the process of developing a mitigation plan on the millions it will receive in the government’s lawsuit settlement with Volkswagen. The Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, under the agreement the government reached with Volkswagen is a draft of how the state will …

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Oklahoma Gasoline Prices Average $2.31 per gallon

Gasoline prices averaging $2.31 a gallon are greeting Thanksgiving holiday travelers in Oklahoma. AAA Oklahoma says it compares to the national average of $2.54 a gallon which is two cents cheaper than a week ago. Oklahoma has the 6th cheapest average in the country behind Alabama and $2.25, Mississippi at $2.26, South Carolina at $2.27, Texas …

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Senators At Odds With White House Over Funding for Climate Change Research

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee this week reversed President Trump’s plans to cut funding for climate change research at the Interior Department. Members included funding for several climate programs at the U.S. Geological Survey which is the Interior Department’s chief science agency. The White House intended to cut the budget but the funding was left …

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Tribe Vows to Fight Keystone XL and Protect Its Land

At least one Native American tribe vows to be vigilant in its opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline that was approved this week by the Nebraska Public Service Commission. The pledge comes from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and its President William Kindle. “The land, water, tribal sovereignty, and governmental services were not ‘given’ to us …

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