2014 Oilfield Death at Continental Resources Well Under Probe by EPA

The 2014 death of an oilfield worker at a Continental Resources well in North Dakota is one of two incidents now under investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The worker, Zachary Buckles died from toxic vapors at a well near Alexander, North Dakota. He was a “flow tester” assigned to measure tank levels by …

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EPA’s Pruitt Assures Osage County Landowners of Pollution Plan

Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma Attorney General who now commands the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a visit to the state on Friday, reviewing environmental work in Osage County. He came to inspect pollution discovered nearly a year ago at Bird Creek on the Chapman Ranch. “It’s our agency doing what it’s supposed to do, coming …

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Stolen Truck Chase Results in $1 million Damage to Texas Refinery

  A 22-year old driver who led Texas deputies on a car chase that resulted in damage to the Chevron Phillips 66 refinery in Borger remains jailed. It was over the weekend when a Hutchinson County deputy attempted to stop the driver of a stolen pickup truck. But the driver, later identified as Angel Vasquez …

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Lankford Goes After “Burdensome” Federal Regulations on Small Businesses

Whether it’s coal, wind or oil and gas, each of the industries in the state has small businesses and those businesses have to deal with a mountain of paperwork as a result of federal regulations. U.S. Sen. James Lankford says it’s time for the federal government to eliminate some of those regulations that he calls …

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Blunt-Spoken Legislator Blunt Again in Budget Bill Debate

“The Democrats are handing us a big pile of horsecrap.”  Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw.   Sallisaw Republican Rep. John Bennett has never been a legislator to mince his words, and in the recent budget bill debate in the House, he was blunt. “The Democrats are handing us a big pile of horse crap. A pessimist …

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Drone Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

Those in the legislature worried about the invasion of drones over private property now await the governor’s signature into law of a bill passed in the recently-concluded session. In last week’s final handling in the Senate, members voted 28-17 in support of HB 1326. Senator Lonnie Paxton, a Republican from Tuttle handled questions from others …

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Oil and Gas Industry Feels Breaking of State Promises Just Like Wind Industry

The wrap-up of the 2017 session of the Oklahoma legislature resulted in a bitter response from some oil and gas groups who complained that for the third consecutive year, the oil and gas industry will see tax increases. “The oil and natural gas industry is the single largest tax contributor to the state budget, and …

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Kansas Oil and Gas Company Admits to Fraud Scheme

Sonstone Trading LLC of Pratt, Kansas pleaded guilty this week to an oil and gas fraud scheme. Wichita U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Sonstone Trading LLC pleaded guilty of one count of wire fraud. As part of the plea deal, charges against Sonstone executive David Lawson were dropped by the prosecution. Also as part of …

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Gross Production Tax Remained Focus in Final House Budget Bill Debate

Even as the Oklahoma House debated and questioned the merits of a $6.8 billion budget bill hours before the sine die adjournment required on Friday, the nagging issue of gross production tax on oil and gas was brought up by Democrats. Mustang Rep. Leslie Osborn presented SB 860, the budget bill and for nearly 90 …

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Continental Reports 2,100 Barrel a Day Oil Well near Watonga

While billionaire Harold Hamm and his Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources have been bashed by Democratic lawmakers in a fight over gross production taxes, his company has revealed the discovery of a STACK well with production of more than 2,100 barrels of oil a day. A completion report, as shown by OK Energy Today indicated the Swaim …

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