Group Plans LPG Fracking to Get around New York’s Fracking Ban

Some farmers in New York think they’ve found a way to get around the  state’s new law that banned hydraulic fracturing using water. Their method?  Liquefied Petroleum Gas. The Snyder Farm Group, according to Natural Gas Now, has contracted with the Texas-based Tioga Energy Partners to use propane fracking technology which is not banned by …

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Oklahoma’s Job Rate Grows—So does Government Employment

Oklahoma’s employment number sagged more causing the state’s unemployment rate to increase by a tenth of a percentage point to reach 4.5 percent, according to recent numbers released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. The movement upward represented the fourth straight month of increases while the 4.5 percent rate was also two-tenths of a point …

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Downturn Claims Another Bakken Oil Firm

  While the oil boom continues falling apart in North Dakota, it has claimed the venture capital firm, Intervention Energy, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in recent days. The firm, one of the largest companies focused on developing the Bakken and three forks areas in the Williston Basin, listed more than $140 million in debt …

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Williams Files Another Lawsuit over Pending Merger With Energy Transfer Equity

Speculation grows that a lawsuit filed Saturday by Tulsa-based Williams Companies Inc. to stop Energy Transfer Equity LP from ending its merger with the company will cause a delay in the multi-billion dollar buyout. Over the weekend, ETE, based in Dallas indicated that prior to the lawsuit, progress was being made toward finalizing the merger. But …

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Rural Landowners Rush to Register Private Air Strips in Advance of Wind Farms

The growth of wind farms across Oklahoma and a year-old state law has private pilots moving to register their private air strips, many in western Oklahoma, according to a report by The Oklahoman. As Paul Monies for the newspaper found out, there is a rush on to register the air trips with the Federal Aviation …

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Senate Energy and Water Bill Includes Funding for Several Oklahoma Projects

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says the just passed Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act included priorities for Oklahoma he inserted into H.R. 2028. The measure passed on a 90-8 vote. “As passed by the Senate, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act will improve water supply and quality in Western Oklahoma …

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Federal Probe Finds Plains All-American at Fault in 2015 California Oil Spill

Federal investigators blame “external corrosion” for the massive Plains All-American pipeline oil spill that occurred May 19, 2015 in Santa Barbara County, California and say the company could have prevented it. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in a 510-page report,  blamed the company’s failure to “protect the pipeline from …

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Unhappy Customer Sues BizJet

“BizJet’s work turned out to be disastrous.” Claim in lawsuit.   Tulsa-based BizJet finds itself on the wrong end of a lawsuit filed by a Florida company accusing it of providing “grossly negligent servicing” of the firm’s Gulstream jet. The firm named Moon, Sun and Stars Inc. and its parent company Monsoon Inc. filed suit …

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Defense Bill Includes Rep. Bridenstine’s Energy Amendments

When the U.S. House passed the National Defense Authorization Act recently, it included some energy related amendments offered by Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine. HR 4909 included one amendment to expand U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Exports. It codifies the 30-day limit for the Department of Energy to issue final decisions on the LNG export applications. Another …

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Two Legislators Argued It’s time to Stop Propping up Oil and Gas in Oklahoma

The passage of the bill creating a $12.5 million cap on tax credits for at-risk oil and gas wells in Oklahoma by the State House didn’t come without some opposition. Although the 93-2 passage didn’t appear to offer much opposition, two Representatives, Cory Williams, a Democrat from Stillwater and Mike Brown, a Democrat from Tahlequah …

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