Kansas Snowfall Welcome in Fighting Massive Wildfire

Snowfall on Easter Sunday might have done what hundreds of firefighters couldn’t do in the past week and that was extinguish a wildfire that started in northern Oklahoma and burned into Kansas, scorching more than 400,000 acres of land.
A spokeswomanw…

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Duke Energy Announces Plan to Turn Pig Poop into Electricity

Turning pig poop into electricity? It’s what Duke Energy Corp. plans to do in North Carolina. The Charlotte based utility announced it has contracted with Carbon Cycle Energy to build a plant that will collect methane from pig and chicken waste, refine…

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Tulsa Still Reeling from Possible Loss of Williams Cos. Headquarters in ETE Merger

“I know this news is unsettling.” Alan Armstrong, CEO of Williams Cos.

Word that the merger of Williams Cos. with Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity will likely mean the consolidation of corporate offices and headquarters and relocation to…

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Nation’s Gasoline Prices Rise Above $2 a Gallon Average

Just as Chuck Mai at AAA Oklahoma predicted earlier in the week, the nation’s gasoline average rose over the $2 average. It hit $2.01 on Thursday while Oklahoma’s average price was $1.87, or 37 cents above the price one month ago. Still, AAA Oklahoma …

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USGS to Release First-Ever Map of Induced Earthquakes

The U.S. Geological Survey will be out this week with a report and its first-ever maps showing potential ground-shaking hazards from human-induced and natural earthquakes.
It no doubt will include the induced earthquakes that have produced something …

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Rig Counts Tumble Nationally and in Oklahoma

Oil prices aren’t the only things falling this week. So are the rig counts in Oklahoma and across the U.S. according to the latest figures released by Baker Hughes Company of Houston, Texas.
Oklahoma’s count fell by three to reach 63, down from the 13…

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Pipeline Spill Leads to EPA Fine Against Williams Division in West Virginia

While Williams Cos. in Tulsa was dealing with the fallout from its merger with Energy Transfer Equity, one of its subsidiaries in West Virginia was being fined $14,440 by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA announced the fine on Wednesd…

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Fracking Fraud Leads to $1.8 million Penalty Against Texas Attorney

A nearly $1.8 million penalty has been leveled by a federal judge against Texas attorney Gregory G. Jones in a fracking and securities fraud case. Jones was charged last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission for bilking investors in two …

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Jury Awards $21 million to Missouri Woman Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

A Joplin, Missouri ball bearings manufacturer, FAG Bearings, has been ordered to pay nearly $21 million to a 27 year old woman left with permanent disabilities after being exposed to a toxic chemical.
A federal jury in Springfield reached the $20.6 mi…

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Federal Agency Fights Judge’s Ruling Against Fracking Rules

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is attempting to convince the Denver federal appeals court to overturn a decision that brought the agency’s fracking rules to a screeching halt last year in Wyoming.
It is the case where the states of Colorado, Wyomi…

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