State Legislator Targets Continental Resources in Fight Over Gross Production Tax

Chickasha Democratic Representative David Perryman thinks the cry  of the oil and gas industry over raising the gross production tax is a case of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” He used it to attack an Oklahoma City oilman and to plead for higher taxes on the industry. It’s what he claimed in a press release made …

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State Supreme Court Rules Against Landowner in 6-year old Condemnation Case

An eastern Oklahoma landowner who thought his land was worth $419,000 has lost an appeal with the State Supreme Court in a fight over an underground natural gas reservoir. In a ruling earlier this month, the high court upheld a Haskell County judge’s ruling that awarded landowner Royce Larsen only $9,000 after his 80 acres …

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Nebraska to Hold Another Public Hearing on Keystone XL Pipeline Route

Another public meeting about the Keystone XL pipeline route through Nebraska has been announced by the Nebraska Public Service Commission. It will be held June 7 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. in O’Neill, Nebraska. The Commission will eventually decide whether to approve or disapprove the route. Public comment will be received on a first-come, …

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Democrats Vow to Challenge So-Called “Change in Incentive” Rates for Oil and Gas

“You can call it what you want.  If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it’s a duck!  And this is a revenue-raising measure.”  Rep. Collin Walke.   The State House this week voted to pass a gross production tax bill. House Bill 2449 passed on a 54-44 vote while Republicans said it …

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NY Times Article Prompts Senator to Make Demand of EPA Chief

The New York Times article targeting Scott Pruitt, Devon Energy and Sen. James Lankford for their environmental efforts got the attention of the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat from Delaware, sent a letter to Pruitt, the EPA Administrator wanting information about settlements between Devon Energy …

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Pruitt Tells Congressional Coal Caucus “War on Coal is Over”

“The war on coal is over.”  It’s what EPA Chief Scott Pruitt told the Congressional Coal Caucus on Monday as he met with members to discuss a Trump administration budget that cuts funding for environmental and climate protections. Pruitt told the lawmakers that energy generators would not have to choose between pro-energy and pro-growth. “This …

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Lankford and Warren—–Lifting the Veil of Secrecy in Government

If Senators James Lankford and Elizabeth Warren get their way, the public will know every detail of legal environmental and enforcement settlements by federal agencies. Too often, some details of such settlements have to be uncovered either by snoopy reporters or environmentalists. In what some might describe as “The Odd Couple,” the Republican Lankford and …

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Pruitt’s First 100 Days as Head of the EPA

  As EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt observes 100 days in office, the national press has been exploring what he’s done to the giant agency. Those who believe deeply in climate change think he’s been a disaster. Others, such as Business Insider compared Pruitt’s first 100 days to those of other administrators of the Environmental Protection …

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Gasoline Prices Hold Steady in Oklahoma

Oklahoma gasoline prices stayed nearly the same in the pas week, reaching an average of $2.10 a gallon, a penny jump, according to AAA Oklahoma. The $2.10 average is down 7 cents from one month ago. Tulsa’s average is $2.04, unchanged from last week. The average in Oklahoma City is $2.10, up a penny from …

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How Red Dirt Music Star Was Tied to Oil Billionaire

Red dirt music star Jimmy LaFave died over the weekend in Austin, Texas. He was 61 and grew up in Stillwater where he got his start in music while in high school. What’s his connection to energy?  He co-founded Music Road Records nine years ago with the help of Dallas oil billionaire Kelcy Warren, founder …

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