NextEra Asks Texas Regulators to Reconsider Rejection of $18 billion Deal

The Texas Public Utility Commission is being asked by NextEra Energy to reconsider its rejection of the company’s nearly $18 billion deal to buy bankrupt Energy Future Holding Corp, majority owner of Oncor, the state’s largest power network. NextEra, a company fighting lawsuits against its windfarm developments in western Oklahoma made the request in a …

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Deadly Blast Could Lead States to Require Mapping of Pipelines

A natural gas explosion in a Colorado home that killed two people last month was widely discussed at a recent meeting of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission in Oklahoma City. That’s because it involved an abandoned pipeline. The blast happened in Firestone, Colorado where investigators determined an improperly severed pipe connected to an …

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Study Shows Tornado Disaster Aid is Growing Nationwide

While last year and so far this year, Oklahoma has not experienced many tornadoes, the rest of the nation has. And one report in the Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the nation has experienced a “stunning increase” in federal disaster declarations for tornadoes in the 21st Century. From 1953 to 1982, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued …

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Guthrie Legislator Wages Fight Against Gasoline Tax Hike

Guthrie Rep. Jason Murphey makes it clear he will vote against any plan to increase gasoline taxes in the state. Writing in the McCarville Report this week, the Republican legislator said it is flawed logic to suggest gasoline taxes could be increase because the state already has one of the lowest such taxes in the …

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Pruitt’s Latest EPA Move Draws More Democratic Criticism

The EPA’s defending its move to dismiss a dozen members of the agency’s advisory board of scientists, saying Administrator Scott Pruitt wants more diversity on the board. That “diversity” includes the possibility of naming researchers from the industry the agency oversees. Members removed from the Board of Scientific Counselors had three-year terms that expired late …

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Cyberthreats to be Studied by U.S. Senate Committee

A U.S. Senate committee will explore cyberthreats in a Wednesday hearing in Washington. Cyberthreats aren’t just a worry at government agencies but also at all private industries, including energy. U.S. Sen. James Lankford’s a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee. It will be a full-committee hearing studying “Cyber Threats Facing America: An Overview …

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OCC’s Anthony Pleads With House Committee to Reopen Bell Case, Listen to FBI Tapes

Longtime Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony continued his efforts on Monday to breathe life into the refund case involving the 1989 Southwestern Bell bribery litigation. Commissioner Anthony urged the House General Government Oversight and Accountability Committee to pursue reopening the case which was recently dismissed by the same regulatory agency of which he is a …

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Small Town Founder to Testify Before US Senate

Oklahoma developer Grant Humphreys, a man who founded his own town at Lake Eufaula will be one of those testifying Tuesday before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee hearing exploring water resources. He will go before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee subcommittee in a hearing to be chaired by Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe. The …

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Gasoline Prices Drop Again in Oklahoma—-Hit $2.07 average

  Oklahoma gasoline prices dropped again in the past week, reaching an average of $2.07 a gallon, the lowest average since late March, according to AAA Oklahoma. In its weekly release of price average, AAA Oklahoma reported the state continued having the nation’s second lowest average. Only South Carolina has a lower average at $2.06 …

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EPA’s Pruitt Recuses Himself From Oklahoma Lawsuits Filed Against Federal Agency

Scott Pruitt is recusing himself from lawsuits that he filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency while he served as Oklahoma’s Attorney General, according to a report by CNN. His voluntary decision applies to two significant legal challenges – the Clean Power Plan and a Waters of the United States rule. “To demonstrate my profound …

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