Oh Oh! Researcher Admits Mistake in Fracking Study Claims

Big mea culpas are coming from some scientists after admitting they made major mistakes, especially in the case of an Oregon State University researcher who claimed to have found environmentally harmful effects from fracking. Retraction Watch, a group devoted to such scientific mistakes is reporting major retractions on the part of the authors of two …

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NRC Plans Meeting to Discuss Regulatory Activities

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet with various stakeholders on Tuesday, July 26 in order to hear public comments and perspectives on the NRC’s regulatory activities, according to a press release issued on Monday. The 9 a.m. meeting will occur at the NRC Auditorium located at 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. The meeting will be …

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OGE Loses Appellate Battle on “Rights of First Refusal” in Transmission Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against Oklahoma Gas & Electric and other Southwest Power Pool utilities in a ruling that allows competitive bidding for transmission projects, according to a report published in The Oklahoman. The three-judge panel issued its decision on July 1 after oral arguments on May 4. The …

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Stubborn Attorneys General Could be Hit with Congressional Subpoena

The chairman of a U.S. House Committee whose members include Representatives Frank Lucas and Jim Bridenstine is threatening attorneys general in New York and Massachusetts with a subpoena to get information about their probes of Exxon Energy. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith has accused the attorneys general in the two states with stonewalling his committee’s requests …

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Smart Meter Debate Not Just in Oklahoma

Some Oklahomans are not alone in their protest of the use of smart meters by Oklahoma Gas and Electric and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma.  Protesters in Michigan had the backing of their attorney who challenged Consumers Energy’s ability to recover the costs of the smart meters. But the Michigan Appeals Court upheld a …

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Study Finds Most Motorists are Harming Car Engines by Buying Gasoline without Engine-Cleaning Additives

The American Automobile Association has some advice and warnings to drivers….watch what kind of gasoline you’re putting in your car. AAA found that many drivers are clogging their car engines by not using gasoline with enough added detergents. By federal law, all gasoline has to have some engine-cleaning additives but many major brands have extra …

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$62 Million FASTLANE Grant Awarded to Bryan County for US 69/75

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe announced on Wednesday that Bryan County was awarded a $62 million grant under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program. The grant is designed to “improve safety and efficiency of high volume freight traffic along the US 69/75 corridor in southern Oklahoma,” according to a …

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North Dakota Approves $250 million Wind Farm Despite Local Opposition

Approved in North Dakota, a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar wind farm. The North Dakota Public Service Commission voted this week unanimously in support of the $250 million wind farm and an electric transmission line in the southwest part of the state. The decision came after the commission made history in March when it heard 15 hours of testimony …

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US Ethanol Exports Fell 42% in May

Figures released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed U.S. ethanol exports for May fell to a 9-month low. They totaled 55.7 million gallons, a drop of 42% or 40 million gallons from April. The Renewable Fuels Association indicated that Canada replaced China as the top destination. Nearly 21.5 million gallons were shipped …

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Gasoline Prices Continue Their Drop in Oklahoma

Make it 24 straight days that national gasoline prices have dropped.  AAA Oklahoma reported this week the national average is down to $2.27 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, three cents cheaper than a week ago and 9 cents less than a month ago. Oklahoma’s average is $2.05, a drop of about four cents in …

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