Economic Survey Shows Continued Growth in Oklahoma and Midwest

Creighton University economist professor Ernie Goss is out with his monthly survey of business leaders suggesting improvements are still underway in the economy in Oklahoma and eight other Midwest and Plains states. His Mid-America Business conditions Index rose to 58.2 in September from 57.5 in August and 56.1 in July. The overall index for Oklahoma …

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Oklahoma City’s OK Foods Plant Hit With Criminal Pollution Charge

Criminal pollution charges have been filed by Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater against O.K. Foods in Oklahoma City following the release of wastewater and animal fat into the city’s storm drainage system in March. Prater filed one count of the “unpermitted discharge” on Sept. 27 alleging the company was in violation of state laws. …

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Senators to Study Light Rail, OCC and Transportation Department

While the Oklahoma legislature’s leaders are attempting to reach an agreement on how to fix a $215 million budget hole, the Senate will hold hearings into three studies regarding transportation and light rail. Studies will focus on light rail transport, the Corporation Commission’s Transportation Division’s Compliance with state law and on the State Transportation Department’s …

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Oil and Gas Association Leader Says Upping the Gross Production Tax Will Only “Worsen the Problem”

Oklahoma’s Oil and Gas Association is spreading the word trying to tell legislators—-leave your hands off the Gross Production Tax. And he’s not taking aim at just Democrats who recently called for hiking the tax…..but Republicans including Gov. Mary Fallin. Writing to newspapers around the state, Chad Warmington, President of the Association said legislators who …

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Repairs in Progress at LSB’s Ammonia Facility in Pryor Following Minor Fire

Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries, Inc. recently announced that the ammonia plant at its Pryor, Oklahoma chemical facility experienced a minor fire and was taken out of service on September 23, 2017 to repair damage to some of the plant’s electrical controls, wiring and piping, according to a company press release. No injuries were reported. There was no …

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Energy Secretary Perry Issues Notice to FERC to Address Electric Grid Resiliency

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued a formal Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to FERC requesting immediate action to address threats to the resiliency of the nation’s electrical grid, according to a news release issued Friday. “A reliable and resilient electrical grid is critical not only to our national and economic security, but also to the everyday lives …

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ConocoPhillips Wraps up Texas Panhandle Assets Sale

The $184 million sale of its assets in the Texas Panhandle by ConocoPhillips has been finalized according to an announcement by the Houston-based company. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed when ConocoPhillips made the original announcement in August and it remains undisclosed. The sale was part of the company’s more than $16 billion …

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Inhofe Credits Trump Administration With Money-Saving Energy Steps

In a speech on the floor of the Senate, Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe went after the media and at the same time defended the Trump administration saying some of the needless rules and regulations created by the Obama administration have been reversed. “Some regulations and agency processes have a purpose and are important, but …

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$2 million Fine Leveled Against Tyson Poultry in Fish Kill

Tyson Poultry will pay a $2 million fine over a chemical dumping incident that happened three years ago at its Monett, Missouri operation and resulted in a fish kill. The company pleaded guilty recently in federal court in Springfield, Missouri to a federal misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act. The Joplin Globe reported …

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Kansas Regulators Approve Disposal Well in Flint Hills

Opponents of a proposed waste disposal well in the Kansas Flint Hills have lost their fight after the Kansas Corporation Commission this week approved the plans of an oil company. The KCC issued an order that concluded the opponents failed to prove and show “immediate danger to public health, safety or welfare” due to the …

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