Texas Official Agrees—-Wastewater Injection Wells Can Cause Earthquakes

A statement by Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton that oil and gas wastewater injection wells are possibly causing earthquakes in Texas is getting some attention in the industry. “I take the issue of induced seismicity very seriously,” said Sitton in announcing his collaboration with the Bureau of Economic Geology Center for Integrated Seismicity Research. “The …

Continue reading »

BNSF Considers Covers for Coal Cars as part of Settlement with Environmental Groups

Covers might be seen soon on BNSF Railway cars carrying coal in the northwestern part of the U.S. It’s part of a tentative agreement reached this week between the rail company that rolls through Oklahoma with environmental groups who alleged the coal spilled from the trains has polluted waterways in Washington state. BNSF has denied …

Continue reading »

Devon Energy Settles With Feds Over Lost Oil and Gas Leases in Montana

The U.S. Interior Department announced a settlement this week with Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy over the cancellation of 15 leases the company had to drill for oil and gas on Montana land considered sacred by the Blackfeet Tribe. The company’s leases covered parts of the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest …

Continue reading »

Tinker Becomes Maintenance Center for Air Force Global Hawk Drones

Tinker Air Force Base just became home as another maintenance center, this one for some of the huge Global Hawk drones that fly around the world. Partnering with Rolls-Royce, Tinker formally dedicated its operation to carry out the maintenance and overhaul work of the F137 engines that power the drones up to 60,000 feet. The …

Continue reading »

Oklahoma Among States With Highest Water Violations in U.S. in 2015

A recently new report from the firm FluksAqua claimed Oklahoma is among the top 8 states that had the highest water contamination problems reported in 2015. Oklahoma experienced health-based water system violations that affected 19.1% of the state’s population including 69 instances of coliform contamination and 640 instances of disinfection byproducts, according to the report. …

Continue reading »

Warm Weather Will Turn Windy and Create High Fire Danger Statewide

What a big change in the weather is coming to Oklahoma.  Record high temperatures are expected on Wednesday and Thursday before a cold front hits the state. Anyone working high atop an oil or gas rig will know it. So will those daring maintenance crews who stand atop wind towers across the state. Here’s how …

Continue reading »

OKC Protesters Join in Support of North Dakota Pipeline Fight——-UN Critical of North Dakota Officials

Dozens of Oklahomans supporting the Native American protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota joined others nationwide on Tuesday in staging their own protests. Oklahoma City protesters, fewer than 100,  gathered at the SkyDance Bridge over Interstate 40. While nearly most of the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile pipeline is complete, the Texas developer lacks only …

Continue reading »

Cheaper Gas Leads to Increased Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

  The American Automobile Association is out with its annual Thanksgiving traffic prediction that 48.7 million Americans will be going somewhere for the holiday. That includes about 615,000 Oklahomans who will travel 50 miles or more from home. The national prediction is a million more travelers or an increase of 1.9 percent over the 2015 travels. …

Continue reading »

ConocoPhillips Unloading San Juan Basin Assets

Houston-based ConocoPhillips says it’s selling its assets in northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado. A spokeswoman for the company confirmed it will sell assets in the San Juan Basin over the coming two years. ConocoPhillips has operated in the Basin for more than half a century and is considered to be the largest operator in …

Continue reading »

Oklahoma Drivers on I-35, I-40 and I-44 Will Discover New Alternative Fuel Signage Soon

Oklahoma interstate motorists will begin to see new signage soon as part of the state’s effort to improve alternative fueling infrastructure, according to a press release issued Monday by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. On November 6, OK Energy Today reported the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration is designating 48 electric vehicle charging …

Continue reading »