Judge Rules ETE has Right to End Merger with Williams Cos.

A judge in Delaware has ruled against the efforts of Tulsa-based Williams Companies to continue with a $38 billion merger with Energy Transfer Equity of Dallas, Texas. Delaware Judge Sam Glasscock issued a 62-page opinion and denied the request of Williams to prevent ETE from ending the proposed merger over the lack of a needed …

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State and ConocoPhillips Reach $3.7 million Settlement in Double Dipping Lawsuit

Accused in lawsuits of profiting from pollution, ConocoPhillips has agreed to a $3.7 million settlement with the State of Oklahoma. The agreement was signed this week and in it, ConocoPhillips admitted to no wrongdoing nor liability, according to documents obtained by OK Energy Today. The agreement ended a 2013 lawsuit filed by the State accusing …

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AG Mum about Impact of VW Scam Settlement

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has yet to say whether the offer by Volkswage to pay more than $10 billion to settle claims in the emissions cheating scandal will apply to the lawsuit he recently filed in Oklahoma City federal court. A request by OK Energy Today for a comment from Pruitt’s spokesman was not …

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Ruling Expected Soon in Williams and ETE Fight

A Delaware judge overseeing the legal fight between Williams Cos. of Tulsa and Energy Transfer Equity promises to have a ruling by Friday. The commitment came earlier this week from Judge Sam Glascock who’s been hearing arguments in the conflicts between the two companies that proposed a $38 billion merger last fall. The suit was …

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Inhofe and Cole Applaud Judge’s Ruling on Fracking Regulations

  “I’m glad to see energy production put back into the hands of hard-working Americans.”  Rep. Tom Cole   The Wyoming judge who ruled against the Obama administration’s fracking regulations gets strong support from two Oklahoma congressmen. ‘I applaud the federal judge who stood by the law and struck down this unnecessary, politically-motivated power grab,” …

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Chicago Residents Say Koch Industries Settlement Not Enough

A few months after Wichita-based Koch Industries agreed to a tentative settlement in a 2013 class action lawsuit over its storage of oil refining byproducts in Chicago, homeowners are asking a federal judge to turn down the $1.4 million in settlements. In a filing this week, 20 of the plaintiffs who live in neighborhoods on …

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Drought Not Quite Exists in the State

The latest Drought Monitor shows Oklahoma has yet to return to a drought but 17 percent of the state is listed as “abnormally dry.” The abnormally dry areas are in north central, north east and east central Oklahoma. “But the rainfall statistics over the last 60 days probably warrant drought designation justification,” said Gary McManus, …

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Another Week—-Another Court Ruling Against Obama Administration’s Environmental Efforts

“Another week, another court ruling against the Obama administration,” is the reaction of U.S. Sen. James Lankford to a federal judge’s ruling this week that the federal government could not create rules banning fracking on federal and Indian lands. “This is something already regulated by the states,” said the Senator in an interview with OK …

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Rep. Morrissette Bows Out of Oklahoma Corporation Commission Race

Term-limited state Rep. Richard Morrissette (D-Oklahoma City) announced on Wednesday that he is withdrawing as a candidate for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The south Oklahoma City legislator and lawyer indicated his father’s recent death “had a bigger effect on my life than I thought it would,” according to an email statement issued by his campaign. …

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President Signs First Major Environmental Reform in More than 25 Years

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe calls the Toxic Substance Control Act long overdue and also the first major environmental reform to be enacted in over a quarter century. It is the Frank Lautenberg act nursed through committee by the Senator and others and was signed into law Wednesday by President Obama. It was January 9, 2015 when …

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