Legislature Becomes Battle Ground Between Oil and Gas Groups

The state legislature has become the battle ground between the “little guys” and the “big guys” in a fight over gross production tax rates in Oklahoma. Members of the newly-formed Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance rallied Wednesday morning at the capitol then lobbied legislators to increase the gross production tax on major energy companies. As former …

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State’s Oil and Gas Industry Revenue Only Bright Spot in Tax Collections

After two months of a slight surge in gross receipts to the State treasury, they fell below collections made in March of 2016, according to State Treasurer Ken Miller. But he said there was a bright spot and that was the collections from crude oil and natural gas gross production taxes. They were more than …

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Environmental Group Was Warned a Study Critical of Oklahoma Leaders was Based on Outdated Material

An environmental group that claimed in a study it had discovered a “major weakness” in the way Oklahoma protects drinking water from oil and gas wells had been told by state officials their study was based on out-dated data. Matt Skinner, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission explained to OK Energy Today commission officials …

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Nuclear Waste Site Battle Brewing in Texas

Quite a fight over nuclear waste is brewing in Texas. As the Dallas Morning News reports, it’s about an application by a firm to store nuclear waste in west Texas. Waste Control Specialists is the company that wants to store the waste in Andrews County located about five hours drive west of Dallas. But it’s …

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Energy Battle is Set….Small Producers Challenge Oil Giants

A rally is planned Wednesday at the State Capitol by a newly-formed group called the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance. It’s a group of small oil and natural gas producers who are calling on the legislature to restore the gross production tax from 2% to 7% on all oil and natural gas. And they are taking …

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New York Firm to Begin Drilling Exploration Wells in Osage County

Drilling is expected to start this week on four exploration wells in Osage County by the New York-based Petro River Oil Corp. The company made the announcement, stating its core strategy is to drill vertical wells in relatively shallow conventional legacy reservoirs using modern 3D seismic surveys. Petro River has acquired 106,000 acres in Osage …

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Slight Increase in Oklahoma Gasoline Prices

Gasoline prices rose several cents a gallon in the past week in Oklahoma, resulting in a statewide average of $2.10 a gallon, still low enough to rank in the top ten lowest states in the country, according to Oklahoma AAA. The new average is three cents lower in the past month. The organization reports gasoline …

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Judge Throws out $4 million Fracking Contamination Verdict

After winning a more than $4 million verdict in a fight over water pollution allegedly caused by natural gas fracking in Pennsylvania, two families find themselves with nothing but a new trial. A Pennsylvania federal judge has thrown out the $4.24 million verdict against Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation, one of the largest natural …

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State Capitol Lobby Day Planned by Sierra Club

The Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club is planning a lobby day tomorrow to encourage state legislators to do more to promote solar energy. In an email invitation, chapter president Johnson Bridgwater said a presentation will be held Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the “Blue Room” of the capitol. Afterward, Sierra …

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Energy Workers in the Panhandle—-Snow is in Tuesday’s Forecast

Snow in April in Oklahoma?  It’s what the Oklahoma Mesonet is indicating—at least in the far western reaches of the state’s Panhandle. State Climatologist Gary McManus asks the question, “SNOW??? Yes, there will be a pretty decent chance of snow across the western Panhandle. We’re not talking a blizzard here, but snow in April is …

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