Williams Faces Uphill Fight for East Coast Pipeline

A proposed $1.2 billion PennEast Pipeline proposed by Tulsa-based Williams Partners L.P. in conjunction with three other firms faces an uphill road after a regional regulatory agency in Pennsylvania indicated this week it wants to carry out an independent review of the project. Williams is in partnership with Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., Piedmont Natural …

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Worker Embezzled $450,000 from Houston Energy Firm

An 80-year federal prison sentence could be awaiting a former financial employee who embezzled more than $450,000 from the Southwestern Energy Company in Houston, Texas. Kendra Walker, 28 pleaded guilty this week to wire fraud counts and is free on bond waiting to be sentenced.  She worked in the company’s accounts payable department and stole …

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51-week Low for Nation’s Ethanol Production

Another drop in the nation’s ethanol production is reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Production averaged 927,000 barrels a day or 38.93 million gallons a day which is a drop of 12,000 barrels daily from the previous week. It also represents a 51-week low for ethanol production in the U.S. the EIA indicated the …

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House Committee Hears Pleas to Prevent Methane Flaring on Federal Lands

Members of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources were told this week that proposed new rules governing the flaring and venting of natural gas from wells on federal lands is needed.  It’s what they hard from some of those who testified Wednesday during a hearing into the Bureau of Land Management’s Regulatory Overreach into …

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Lankford Not Giving up on Forcing Government to Maintain Federal Lands

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford isn’t giving up on forcing the U.S. government to take care of the more than 600 million acres of land it owns in this country.  It’s his vow after his amendment to allocate money for maintenance of the land failed in the Senate. “The federal government is a terrible landlord,” …

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Inhofe and Boxer Unveil new Water Resources Development Act

Oklahoma U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and Barbara Boxer on Tuesday released their various of The Water Resources Development Act of 2016. Inhofe is chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee and Boxer, a Democrat from California is the ranking minority member. Their Act authorizes 25 critical Army Corps projects in 17 states. “These …

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Three New Energy Bills Signed into Law

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin put her name to three more energy bills on Monday, creating new laws pertaining to underground facilities damage, the state plugging fund and solid waste disposal. The Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act, better known as House Bill 1951 by Rep. Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa and Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie updates the statutory …

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State Plans Nearly $100 million in Improvements to Municipal Airports

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is proposing $98 million in improvements to airports around the state in the coming two fiscal years. Projects are 40 airports within the state system are included in the Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2017-2019. The majority of the projects, according to Vic Bird, director of the Aeronautics Commission will …

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Oklahoma Gasoline Hits $1.92 a Gallon….Still Among Lowest in the U.S.

Gasoline prices have hit an average $1.92 a gallon in Oklahoma this week, according to the latest Fuel Gauge Report from AAA Oklahoma. That’s about a penny less than one week ago but also 58 cents more than the 2016 low of $1.34 reached on Feb. 13. Nationally, the average is $2.14 a gallon which …

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Seventy Seven Energy Reports 1Q Loss of $59 Million

Seventy Seven Energy Inc. missed analyst expectations on Monday and reported a first-quarter net loss of $59.6 million, or $1.09 a share, as reported by Adam Wilmoth of The Oklahoman. The Oklahoma City-based oil field services company’s first-quarter earnings were down from a net loss of $37.6 million, or 78 cents a share from a …

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