Veteran Legislator Wants Tax Credits Eliminated for Wind Industry

The Oklahoma House of Representatives could vote this week on a bill eliminating the tax credits for the wind industry. Rep. Leslie Osborn (R-Mustang) calls it a reasonable thing to do. And she should know. She’s chairwoman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee. As head of the committee, Osborn has dealt with all of …

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Energy Workers Find Homeless Man Living in Stairwell

Workers in one building at Chesapeake Energy’s Oklahoma City campus had quite a surprise in February when they found a 40-year old man living in the stairwell. A police report shows James Lloyd Blackmon, 40 was arrested on Feb. 21 after employees found he had “set up camp inside one of their buildings.” ¬†The report …

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Inhofe’s Appointments in Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have finalized and announced the membership of the committee’s four subcommittees. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, former chairman of the full committee was named chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee. He also sits on the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety subcommittee …

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Kansas to Get Another Ethanol Plant

Oklahoma doesn’t have one but Kansas is getting another bio-refinery. The $175 million plant being built by ethanol pioneer ICM is going up in Colwich, a small town at the northwest side of the city of Wichita. Called ICM Element, the plant will produce 70 million galls a year of ethanol. An estimated 50 permanent …

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$200 million Pay Package for Possible New Railway CEO?

Consider this under the topic of “Not a bad job if you can get it.” A move is afoot to hire a new CEO at CSX, one of North America’s major railroads and give him a $200 million pay package. CSX doesn’t operate in Oklahoma. It’s mostly a rail system located in the eastern half …

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Senator Wants Bill Heard Giving Immunity to Those Who Shoot Down Drones

Drones and those who might shoot them down over private property¬†are the subject of a bill headed to the State senate floor. Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City authored Senate Bill 660 which would make property owners who destroy drones flying over their land immune from civil action. He’s hoping to have the bill heard this …

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Eagle Road Oil and Cummings Oil Named as Defendants In Pawnee Tribal Court Earthquake Case

Two Oklahoma oil and gas companies are targeted in a new tribal court lawsuit filed Friday by the Pawnee Nation alleging liability over the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that resulted in significant damage to tribal structures, according to a news report in The Tulsa World. Tulsa-based Eagle Road Oil LLC and Oklahoma City-based Cummings Oil Co. …

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Oklahoma Rig Count Slips While the National Count Grows

Oklahoma’s oil and gas rig count slipped below 100 over the past week while the national count grew by two to reach 756, according to figures released by Baker Hughes Co. The Oklahoma county dropped by 3 to reach 98. Nationally, the county of 756 is 267 more than one year ago. The increase in …

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Former Kerr-McGee Operation remains Superfund Site in North Carolina

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to update the public later this month on one of its existing Superfund sites created by the former Kerr-McGee Company when it was based in Oklahoma City. The 251-acre site is in Navassa, North Carolina where Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation carried out creosote-based wood treating from 1936 to 1974. The company …

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Legislator Challenges Lack of Openness in OCC Task Force Bill

An attempt to create a task force to study energy regulations enforced by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has resulted in a spat over the lack of transparency of such a group. House Minority leader Scott Inman has raised questions about House Bill 1377 proposed by House Speaker Charles McCall. Rep. Inman believes the measure would …

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