Completion Reports June 14, 2017

  CARTER COUNTY Glb Exploration Inc Tussy: Swab Tussy: Oil 162 Gas 306 Pump 10 5S 1E Day 1, May 01, 2017 SH, OIL, TD: 4951 ft Lat: 34.14123, Long: -97.19390 API: 35019253240001 COAL COUNTY Bp America Production Company Woodford(11498): Gas 3333 Flow 25 2N 11E Queen 2-24h, February 24, 2017 HH, GAS, TD: 16331 …

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Environmental Council of States Urges More States Rights

Oklahoma and other members of the Environmental Council of the States say state flexibility is still the best way to achieve national standards for environmental protection. In an outline of its Cooperative Federal 2.0 approach with the EPA, leaders stated, “We are convinced a recalibration of state and federal roles can lead to more effective …

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Hot Summer’s Here and It’s Not Even Summer

In the words of State Climatologist Gary McManus, “summer’s just getting started.” And it’s not officially here until June 21. This after temperatures soared to 104 degrees on Monday in Beaver in the Panhandle. It was six years ago Tuesday, June 13 when temperatures hit 110 degrees in Buffalo. As McManus noted, Beaver, Hooker and …

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Congressman Russell’s Latest WasteWatch Report Details Funding of Urine Study

It’s our money and Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Steve Russell doesn’t like how our government is spending it as he detailed in his Waste Watch No. 7 released this week. It is a report filled with what he calls “wasted $74 billion in taxpayer dollars”, most of it on education programs that he contends are not …

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Founder of Rip Griffin Travel Centers and Pro Petroleum Dead at 87

  The founder of the Rip Griffin travel centers in Texas and Pro Petroleum and Griffin Transportation with truck terminals in Oklahoma and five other states has died at the age of 87. B.R. Griffin, better known as “Rip” opened his travel centers in and around Lubbock, Texas where he was a huge Red Raiders …

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Gasoline Prices Take Another Plunge in OKC and Across the State

A day after it was announced Oklahoma once again had the nation’s second lowest gasoline average of $2.05 a gallon, prices in the Oklahoma City metro plunged to $1.74 a gallon. The $2.05 average statewide was announced Monday by AAA Oklahoma but Gas Buddy reported gasoline prices on Tuesday had dropped 31 cents below the …

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Tulsa’s WPX Energy Announces $863 million Joint Venture With Howard Energy Partners

A deal worth $863 million dollars has been announced between Tulsa-based WPX Energy and San Antonio, Texas based Howard Energy Partners to expand their development in the Permian’s Delaware Basin. The joint venture is designed to support WPX’s drilling operations in the Stateline area, representing 50,000 acres or 37 percent of WPX’s nearly 135,000 net …

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Compliments Galore for Gary Ridley

As he retires following 48 years with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation,Gary Ridley is drawing compliments as long as the highways he engineered all those years. One of those with high compliments is Neal McCaleb, president of Transportation Revenues Used Districtly for Transportation or TRUST. “Gary Ridley is the consummate professional and is regarded as …

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ODOT’s Gary Ridley to Retire as Transportation Secretary

A longtime veteran of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation has retired effective immediately. Gary Ridley, a 48 year ODOT employee, served as secretary of transportation for two governors during his tenure. “Gary Ridley’s name is synonymous with roads and bridges, in Oklahoma and across the country,” said Mary Fallin, Oklahoma’s Governor. “He has testified to …

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Correction to Cigarette “Fee” Story

A correction to our June 9 story headlined “Oil Companies Join In Legal Challenge to Oklahoma Cigarette “Fee”. We wrongly identified Hutchinson Oil Company LLC as being headquartered in Clinton. The firm is located in Elk City and runs Hutch’s Convenience stores in Oklahoma and Kansas.