America’s Coal Consumption Reaches Lowest Levels Since 1970s

  A new federal government report reveals U.S. coal consumption has dropped to its lowest level since the Jimmy Carter Administration. The report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed the United States is estimated to burn through 691 million short tons of coal this year, falling to its lowest level since 1979, a 39 percent …

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$105 Million Highway Construction Project Awarded by Oklahoma Transportation Commission to Allen Consulting

Allen Contracting Inc. of Oklahoma City was awarded a $105 million contract on Monday by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission, according to a news report published in The Oklahoman. Work will commence next spring with an estimated completion in 2021. The contract is the largest single award issued by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The construction …

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Snow in the Weekend Forecast for Oklahoma

With reports of light snow flurries and sleet falling in Norman on Tuesday afternoon, Oklahomans are bracing for a frigid weekend as another cold front is expected to move into the state on Thursday. News9 Meteorologist David Payne reports that a few showers may arrive with the arctic air. The rain will subside on Friday …

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NRC Proposes $3,500 Fine for Missing Radioactive Seeds

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $3,500 civil penalty to a Delaware medical firm for failing to properly secure licensed nuclear material, according to a report issued on Tuesday. In May, a physicist for Christiana Care Health Services discovered that 50 iodine-125 seeds were missing from a lab at the firm’s offices in Newark, …

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ODOT and DEQ Roll Out ChargeOK Grant Program to Add Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently announced a new funding program aimed at building out Oklahoma’s light-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Funded by the Volkswagen State Environmental Trust, the ChargeOK Grant Program will offer nearly $3.1 million for the purchase, installation …

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Bison Wraps Up Acquisition of S&S Star Water Solutions

Oklahoma City-based Bison Oilfield Services recently closed its acquisition of S&S Star Water Solutions, a water infrastructure business operating in the state’s SCOOP, STACK and Merge plays, according to a report published by The Oklahoman. Financial terms were not disclosed. Bison’s website identifies the energy services company as “the largest privately held energy services company …

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Contaminated Sludge Sent from Sequoyah Fuels to Utah Facility

Over 500 truckloads of contaminated sludge were removed from the former Sequoyah Fuels uranium conversion facility in Gore last week, marking the end of a 15-year legal battle, according to a report by The Tulsa World. The sludge will be stored at a Utah site that has already received more than 10,000 tons of nuclear …

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Proposed Class Action Settlement Over 2011 Lincoln County Earthquake

Three of the defendants in an earthquake class-action lawsuit are settling out of the Lincoln County case for $925,000, according to an announcement by the plaintiffs’ legal counsel on Thursday. Angeion Group and Poynter Law Group of Little Rock, Arkansas filed the lawsuit in 2015 (Cooper v. New Dominion, Spess Oil Company, et al., Case …

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OGE Energy Corp. Adds State Treasurer Ken Miller in VP Role

After serving eight years as the state’s top elected financial officer, Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller will transition to a leadership role as OGE Energy Corp.’s vice president of regulatory and state government affairs in January, according to a company press release issued Thursday. “He is an established and respected state leader who has enjoyed an …

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ONE Gas wants higher rates for its Kansas Gas Service

A request for a nearly $43 million rate hike by Kansas Gas Service will be considered Dec. 11 by the Kansas Corporation Commission when it holds an evidentiary hearing in Topeka. Customers could see their bills go up another $5.67 a month or another 10 percent. Kansas Gas is a division of ONE Gas, Inc., …

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