Ponca Environmentalist to Speak at Washington DC Rally

Thursday will mark a “Play-In for Climate Action” rally in Washington by moms and their children and one of them will be Oklahoma environmentalist activist Casey Camp-Horinek. She describes herself as an actress, a Native rights activist and environmentalist and will be one of the speakers at the Capitol Hill protest. Camp-Horinek’s a leader of …

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Judge’s Retirement Opens Door for Another Trump Court Appointee

In a move that will likely affect numerous environmental issues, including those having an impact on Oklahoma, Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has announced her retirement. It opens the door for President Trump to appoint someone who is friendly to his environmental policies. Brown …

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Electricity Investment Overtakes Oil and Gas Worldwide

Electricity investment has overtaken oil and gas for the first time ever according to a report issued Tuesday by the International Energy Agency. Investment in the electricity sector grew by 12 percentage points to reach 43 percent between 2014 and 2016. The IEA said fossil fuels are no longer the largest recipient of investment in …

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$300 million Commitment by EnCap Flatrock Midstream to New Firm

San Antonio-based EnCap Flatrock Midstream, a company with offices in Oklahoma City and Houston has made an initial $300 million equity commitment to Houston-based greenfield Midstream. Greenfield’s an independent company formed this year and focuses on the development of midstream infrastructure across North America. Its services include natural gas gathering, processing, treating and compression as …

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Trial Date Set for Prague Earthquake Lawsuit

An attorney who¬†recently settled an earthquake lawsuit against one of two oil and gas companies called it significant because it was the first such legal action linked to earthquakes in Oklahoma. Scott Poynter, an attorney based in Little Rock, Arkansas represented Sandra Ladra, a woman hurt in the 2011 earthquake in Prague. She sued ¬†to …

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Stocks Tumble Following Westar and Great Plans Energy Merger Announcement

Monday’s announcement of a newly redrawn merger of Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy companies in Kansas saw stocks plunge as investors reacted to the news. Stock in Westar Energy dropped $2.75 a share, an indication that investors had expected a premium out of the deal rather than a stock-for-stock situation according to a report …

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Choctaw Nation Member Named to Interior Department Leadership

A re-shuffling of the leadership of the U.S. Interior Department has resulted in Secretary Ryan Zinke’s naming of Gavin Clarkson of Oklahoma’s Choctaw nation as a deputy assistant secretary. Clarkson took over last month and is in charge of overseeing the Offices of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Indian Gaming and Self-Governance within the Office …

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Nuns Stage Gas Pipeline Battleground with Williams Company

Tulsa’s Williams Partners has run into opposition from some Pennsylvania nuns as the company tries to build a natural gas pipeline. The sisters are members of the Catholic Adorers of the Blood of Christ and to show their opposition to the 183-mile long pipeline, they’ve built a prayer chapel on the proposed right of way. …

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Russians Behind Hacking Attempt of Kansas Nuclear Power Plant?

Suspicions are falling on Russian hackers over recent attempts to break into the system that runs the Wolf Creek Nuclear power plant near Burlington, Kansas. U.S. authorities suggest not only that they might have been from Russia, but they were considered to be a sophisticated group of hackers targeting several U.S. nuclear power plants. Reports …

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Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy Try Another Merger

Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy in Kansas are trying it again. They’ve announced an amended agreement to form a $14 billion utility with headquarters in Topeka and Kansas City, Missouri. In the early-Monday morning announcement, the boards of directors of the two unanimously approved a revised transaction. There’ll be no exchange of cash and …

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