Northwest Oklahoma Only Gets Drier

Northwest Oklahoma continues to be without significant moisture of any kind and according to the Oklahoma Mesonet, reached the 105th straight day without recorded precipitation. State Climatologist Gary McManus is keeping the records and in Wednesday’s Mesonet report, indicated “western OK was left high and dry and dusty” following weekend storms that produced rain for …

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Oklahoma Energy Taxes Aren’t as Low as Some Claim

Those who attended the 2018 Oklahoma Energy Summit held this week at the State Capitol were told by one economist that the state’s energy tax rates are above average—-not less than some politicians have claimed in the debates over raising gross production taxes. It might have been something that Democratic lawmakers  and Step Up Oklahoma …

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Bodies of 5 Gas Rig Workers Recovered at Blast Site

The bodies of five missing workers at the site of a gas drilling rig explosion Monday morning in southeast Oklahoma were recovered on Tuesday and their names were released. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris identified the five as: Josh Ray, 35, of Ft. Worth, Texas;  Matt Smith, 29, of McAlester,Oklahoma;  Cody Risk, 26, of Wellington, …

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Apparent Deadly Gas Rig Blast Leaves 5 Workers Missing at Quinton

It could be overnight when a burning gas wellhead might be extinguished in southeast Oklahoma following a Monday morning blast that left five workers missing and possibly dead and at least one injured. The well, located several miles west of the town of Quinton exploded around 8:45 a.m. and resulted in a massive fire that …

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ONEOK’s Predicting Large Growth in 2018

Tulsa-based ONEOK is anticipating 2018 to be a year where the company sees nearly a billion dollars in net earnings and a nearly 10 percent increase in dividend earnings. In releasing its 2018 financial and volume guidance, the company credited growth expectations to be driven by anticipated natural gas and natural gas liquids volume increases …

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Update: 5 Workers Still Missing in Gas Rig Explosion near McAlester

updated: 4:15 p.m. Pittsburg County officials say a wellhead fire is still burning out of control after an explosion occurred earlier Monday morning near the small town of Quinton. Five workers remain unaccounted for while 17 others escaped. One of the 17 suffered some burns. He initially declined treatment but a county emergency management spokesman …

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Opponents Predict Keystone XL Pipeline Will Never be Built

One of the groups fighting the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska is making a bold prediction. “This pipeline will never be built,” declared Bold Nebraska as it updated Keystone opponents. “After TransCanada last week announced shockingly weak support from customers looking to transport tarsands on its proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it has become more clear …

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AG Hunter Says One Thing….Does Another When it Comes to Public Records

by Jerry Bohnen “I believe in transparency in government. I believe in blue sky laws.” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, Feb. 2017 What Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says about openness in  state government and what he does are two different things, based on his actions fighting a lawsuit about an auditor’s report of a …

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Plains All American Makes Joint Agreement to Expand Operations in New Mexico

  With large pipeline operations and storage facilities in Oklahoma, Plains All American Pipeline L.P. is expanding its operations with a strategic relationship in New Mexico. It will also result in a pipeline construction project in Texas. Plains formed the relationship with San Mateo Midstream, LLC to gather and transport crude oil for upstream producers …

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Despite $805 million 4Q Loss, Halliburton Calls it a Good Year

Houston-based Halliburton is reporting a fourth quarter of 2017,  citing a loss of $805 million or nearly one dollar per diluted share. But company management still says it was a good quarter for the company’s operations including the large facility in Duncan, Oklahoma. The loss was $0.92 per share and the company said it reflected …

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