Groups Ask Feds to Return Lesser Prairie Chicken to Endangered Species List

The fight over the lesser prairie chicken might not be finished. A coalition of environmental groups has filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contending that the bird remains in danger of extinction. The filing came only four months after the federal government gave up a court fight to keep the bird …

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OCC Issues Arbuckle Well Advisory on Discovery of New Earthquake Fault in Osage County

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Division issued an advisory on Monday as new data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the United States Geological Survey revealed a newly discovered fault near the site of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Pawnee, Oklahoma on September 3, according to a report by News9.com. Based on the …

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ODOT Promotes Siv Sundaram to Environmental Programs Division Engineer

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently named Siv Sundaram as the agency’s Environmental Programs Division Engineer. In her new role, Sundaram will be responsible for integrating environmental considerations and regulatory requirements into ODOT’s transportation programs and operations. Sundaram was hired by ODOT in 1994 as a Professional Engineer where she worked in the Local Government …

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McClendon Probate Judge Approves Land Sale to Jones Energy, Inc. for $136.5 Million

An Oklahoma County probate judge approved a significant land sale in the estate of oil tycoon Aubrey McClendon on Friday. Judge Richard Kirby approved Texas-based Jones Energy, Inc.’s purchase agreement to acquire 18,000 acres primarily in southern Canadian and northern Grady counties for $136.5 million from the estate. Details of the sale were reported on …

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Senators Accuse EPA Director of Failing to Keep Transparency Commitments

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and 10 Republicans who sit on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee he chairs want EPA director Gina McCarthy to turn over information about EPA litigation and regulatory actions planned for the remainder of the Obama Administration. In a letter sent Wednesday, the Senators charged the EPA with “exposing …

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BNSF Railway fights Sierra Club over ‘Coal Dust’ Lawsuit

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company is fighting a Sierra Club lawsuit in Washington State, calling the suit a “logically meritless” challenge. BNSF, the railway that rolls throughout Oklahoma carrying Wyoming coal to electric-generating plants responded this week to the late July lawsuit in which the Sierra Club claimed coal dust regularly flies off trains …

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Apache Oil Claims Discovery of Massive New Oil Field in West Texas

The oil and gas world is abuzz over this week’s announcement of a massive oil find in the Davis Mountains of West Texas by Houston-based Apache Corporation. Apache calls it the Alpine High discovery that could contain three billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of gas. “Today’s announcement is the culmination of …

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Corporation Commission Dismisses $16 billion Refund Case involving Bribed Vote

“If they think bribery is good, that’s not Oklahoma law.” Ret. Gen. Richard Burpee   The 2-1 vote by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to dismiss the efforts of consumers for nearly $16 billion in refunds from Southwestern Bell did not come as a surprise to those making the challenge. Commissioners Todd Hiett and Dana Murphy voted …

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Sam Noble Museum Hosts Earthquake Exhibit

The Sam Noble Museum on the campus of the University of Oklahoma will hosts the traveling exhibit “When the Earth Shakes” from September 17, 2016 through January 2, 2017. “This really is an exhibit that will fascinate people of all ages, especially those who have a special interest in the science behind earthquakes,” said Morgan …

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Gasoline Prices Keep Falling…..New State Average of $2.06

The Labor Day weekend brought a drop in gasoline prices in Oklahoma with a new statewide average of $2.06, a drop of 5 cents a gallon according to AAA Oklahoma. “The statewide average is down seven cents from where it was on August 30, said Chuck Mai, spokesman for the group. “But the drop is …

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