How Devon’s Larry Nichols Got Involved in State Budget Talks

Some clarification has been made regarding the weekend budget talks and how Devon Energy’s Larry Nichols became involved. The talks were behind closed doors and involved Democratic and Republican House and Senate leaders along with Gov. Mary Fallin. At one point, the governor put in a phone call to Nichols, chairman emeritus at Devon Energy …

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Devon, Pruitt and Lankford Targeted by NY Times Article

Devon Energy, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and U.S. Sen. James Lankford are targets of a new political piece by the New York Times, accusing the three of working to overturn climate rules and regulations aimed at controlling the oil and gas industry. Entitled “How Rollbacks at Scott Pruitt’s E.P.A. Are a Boon to Oil and …

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63-year old Natural Gas Pipeline Being Replaced Under Arkansas River

Two years after a natural gas pipeline ruptured under the Arkansas river between Little Rock and North Little Rock, a replacement line is going to be installed. And the developer maintains the new line will be much safer. The 3,100-foot line will replace the 63-year old pipeline that ruptured May 231, 2015 near the Clinton …

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Drone Bill Passed by State House and Returned to State Senate

The bill requiring utility companies to obtain permission before flying drones over private property was back before the Oklahoma State House on Saturday during the rare weekend meeting. House Bill 1326, authored by Rep. Casey Murdock (Felt-R) had been changed in the Senate but Representatives rejected them and approved the measure a second time on …

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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Set up New Camp in Iowa

Neighboring farmers in Iowa don’t like it, but some of the protesters who tried to block the final construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota have created a new settlement. They moved onto a 14-acre site near Williamsburg, Iowa to create a permanent pipeline protest encampment they call the Little Creek Camp. It …

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Texas Panhandle Energy Group Wants President’s Recognition of Industry

Oil and gas leaders in the Texas Panhandle who formed a group called the Panhandle Import Reduction Initiative three years ago are asking President Trump to correct what it claims are unfair trade policies hurting the U.S. oil and gas industry. They also want the President to recognize oil and gas among core industries in …

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Special Meeting Date Set for ONEOK Merger Vote

Tulsa-based ONEOK Inc. has announced a special meeting of its shareholders will be held in June to vote on the proposed merger with ONEOK Partners. The merger agreement was announced Jan. 31, 2017 and at the June 30 special meeting in Tulsa, ONEOK Partners unitholders will vote on the merger agreement. Under the proposed merger, …

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Chesapeake Energy Offers $750 million in Notes as It Struggles in 2017

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy announced Monday the offering of up to $750 million in its outstanding senior notes as the company continued with its economic struggles. The offering includes no more than $200 million of 6.625% Senior Notes due 2020 and 6.875% Senior Notes due 2020 and no more than $200 million of 6.125% Senior …

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Former Mayor Defends Lawsuit Over 1989 Bribed Oklahoma Corporation Commission Vote

While the State Supreme Court is reviewing a challenge of a bribed Corporation Commission vote from 1989, the former Nichols Hills Mayor leading the challenge defends the lawsuit. In a letter to the editor in the recent Friday edition of the Oklahoman, Sody McCampbell Clements said the lawsuit was not a waste of time as …

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New Chairman Named at Williams Companies in Tulsa

A new chairman of the Board has been named at The Williams Companies, Inc.  Stephen W. Bergstrom was elected to replace Dr. Kathleen B. Cooper who will become Chair of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee. Cooper has been on the Williams Board since 2006. Bergstrom joined the Williams Board in August of 2016 and …

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