Inhofe’s Bill to Clean Up Brownfield Sites Wins Senate Approval

From Politico’s Morning Energy Report on Tuesday: BUILDING THE BUILD ACT: The Senate yesterday passed by unanimous consent the BUILD Act, S. 1479, a bill co-sponsored by Sens. Jim Inhofe and Ed Markey to improve the reclamation and cleanup of brownfields. Among other provisions, the bill allows the EPA to provide up to $500,000 in …

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Governor Names Four to Aeronautics Commission

Governor Mary Fallin recently made four appointments to the State Aeronautics Commission. Jerry Hunter, owner and chief executive officer of Sundance Airport in Oklahoma City is a new appointee, named to replace the late Tom Stephenson who died in April. His term will expire at the end of 2021. Michael Ray of Guymon remains on …

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Oklahoma Gasoline Prices Hit $2.09 Average

  As a record number of Oklahomans and others will travel for the upcoming July 4th holiday, gasoline prices in the state are holding steady with a statewide average of $2.09 a gallon. AAA Oklahoma says prices in the past five weeks in Oklahoma have been in the range of $2.07 to $2.16. “Oklahoma’s gas …

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Williams Shareholders Vote to Push Forward for ETE Merger

  By an overwhelming vote, shareholders of Tulsa-based Williams Companies voted Monday to continue a merger with Energy Transfer Equity of Dallas, even after ETE won a Delaware judge’s ruling last week allowing it to bail out of the $38 billion deal announced last fall. Nearly 79 percent of the 750 million outstanding shares eligible …

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TransCanada Files $15 billion NAFTA Lawsuit over Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection

The U.S. is being sued for $15 billion by TransCanada over President Obama’s rejection of the company’s proposed controversial Keystone XL pipeline.  TransCanada contends the president’s move violated the North American Free Trade Agreement by thwarting the company’s expectations. The company’s first pipeline, the Keystone from Cushing south to the Gulf Coast has been operational …

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OSU Professor Named to New Federal National Climate Assessment Committee

An Oklahoma State University professor has been named to serve on a new federal committee for climate change assessment. Regents Professor of Sociology and Dresser Professor Riley Dunlap is one of 15 appointees recently named by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the new Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. He is …

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OGE’s Steps to Save Energy and Money

The summer weather won’t be as hot this week in the state has it was in the days before the official start of summer. Nonetheless, Oklahoma Gas and Electric is encouraging its customers to take some steps to control energy costs. It’s offering at least 8 such steps to save energy and money. Have your …

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Senator Accuses Clean Power Plan Opponents of Running Propaganda Machine

While Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is well known for his stands against some of the Environmental Protection Agency and its Clean Power Plan, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is making his own charges against Clean Power Plan opponents. He’s accusing them of running a well-oiled “propaganda machine” that he claims is supported by …

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Breitling Energy CEO Hit with SEC Lawsuit Accusing him of Misspending $80 million

A Dallas energy company executive stands accused of defrauding investors of nearly $80 million, money he allegedly spend on private jets, personal escorts and gentleman’s clubs. The Securities and Exchange Commission, in the filing of a lawsuit in Dallas accused Chris Faulkner of spending at least $30 million to “maintain a lifestyle of decadence and …

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Williams Special Meeting of Shareholders to be Held on Monday

The Tulsa-based Williams Companies will hold a special meeting of shareholders at its headquarters on Monday at 9 a.m. in order to vote on the merger agreement with Energy Transfer Equity, according to a new report issued by The Tulsa World. On Friday, a Delaware chancery court judge ruled in ETE’s favor over the long-awaited …

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