Democrats Make it Official—-Pruitt and 7 Other Trump Nominees are in Their Political Sights

If Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt didn’t know it last month, he knows now. He will officially be targeted by Democrats in the U.S. when confirmation hearings begin for him to become Donald Trump’s chief administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Democrats came out this week led by New York Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) …

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Impact of Energy-Friendly Washington on Energy Industry

  A more energy friendly government and Washington. It’s what Tommy Foltz at the Consumer Energy Alliance is expecting from the Donald Trump administration. He cites Trump’s nominations of Scott Pruitt at EPA, Rick Perry as Energy Secretary and Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon chief to be Secretary of State as cause for optimism in …

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“Frack Master” hit with SEC Charges in Dallas

An oil and gas leader known as the “frack master” has been hit with federal civil charges in Texas and accused of defrauding investors out of nearly $80 million. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed the charges in Dallas Federal Court against Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy Corporation. The SEC accused him of spending …

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Drought Continues to Grow in Oklahoma

  Whether it’s wind power, electrical, oil and gas or mining, all of the industries know that Oklahoma continues suffering from a lack of rain. The latest Drought Monitor indicates the severe-to-extreme drought in the state increased from 18 percent at the end of November to 46 percent at the end of December. Remember, on …

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Environmental Meeting in Guymon on $25 million Casino

A Thursday night public meeting will be held in Guymon on the environmental assessment of a proposed $25 million Native American casino near the city. The Bureau of Indian Affairs in Anadarko is holding the public meeting for the proposed Shawnee Tribe ‘Golden Mesa’ casino to be located about 3.5 miles southwest of Guymon. The …

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Researcher Says Pruitt’s Appointment Could Save Families from High Costs of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Donald Trump’s appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has the endorsement of some of the researchers at the Pacific Research Institute, as witnessed this past weekend in the Oklahoman. The paper carried an opinion piece from Wayne Winegarden, a senior fellow in business and economics at PRI. In it, Windegarden said Pruitt’s appointment could …

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Weekly Rig Count Grows in Oklahoma and Across the U.S.

With oil prices hovering right around $53 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate, the rig counts in Oklahoma and across the U.S. are up over the past week. Baker Hughes Company in Houston reports Oklahoma’s count grew by two to reach 86. A year ago, the statewide count was 87. Nationally, the rig count grew …

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Signs of a Still-Struggling Economy in Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s latest jobless figures show the state’s economy is still struggling with the impact of what happened starting two years ago to the oil and gas industry. Rates went up in 59 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties in November according to the Employment Security Commission and the November rate was 5.1 percent. “We saw unemployment rates …

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Former White House Counsel Says the Country Needs Pruitt to Rein in the EPA

Former White House Counsel C.  Boyden Gray says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is the right person to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Writing in the Washington Examiner, Gray said it’s time for Donald Trump’s EPA pick to rein in the EPA. “Instead of sensibly enforcing laws and regulations already on the books, EPA …

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New Education Goal Announced by Governor Fallin

Knowing that education is as important in oil and gas as it is to the wind industry, the governor has announced a goal in Oklahoma to increase post-secondary education and training attainment. Called Launch Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin’s new goal is 70 percent of Oklahoma’s residents, ages 25-to-64 to complete a postsecondary degree, certificate or …

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