EPA Sued Over Air Pollution from Cattle and Hog Feedlots

The latest lawsuit filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency comes from a coalition of environmental, animal rights and citizen action groups who contend the federal government has failed to address air pollution from large-scale livestock farms. Seven environmental groups field suit in the District of Columbia, demanding the EPA respond within 90 days. The …

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Pipeline Protesters Want Developer Removed from Texas Commission

  Those protesters fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota took their aim recently at the chief executive of the company. They demonstrated outside a meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission where Kelcy Warren, CEO of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is a commissioner. Nearly 100 people protested, demanding he resign as commissioner. …

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Cushing Shook by 5.0 Magnitude Earthquake on Sunday Evening

Cushing was rattled with a large earthquake on Sunday evening, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS preliminary report was a 5.3 magnitude but it has been downgraded to a 5.0 magnitude earthquake. The temblor struck Payne County at approximately 7:44 p.m. Its epicenter was located one mile west of Cushing. It …

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America’s Plan to Speed Up Charging Infrastructure and Rollout of Electric Vehicles

The White House announced new actions to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure on Friday. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration is designating 48 EV charging corridors along 25,000 miles of interstate highways to make it easier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles and cut greenhouse gas emissions in …

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Wind Tax Credit Fight Underway

Oklahoma’s Incentive Evaluation Commission will resume consideration this  week of recommendations to cut tax credits to the wind industry sooner than planned. The Commission received recommendations from consultant, Public Financial Management which urged an end to wind tax credits by 2018, rather than Jan. 1, 2021 as the state originally intended. The recommendation is part …

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Rig Counts Up in Oklahoma and the U.S.

  Rig counts in Oklahoma and across the U.S. rose in the past week with Oklahoma adding 3 more to reach a total of 76 working rigs. Nationally, the count reached 569 with an additional 12 rigs, according to numbers from Houston, Texas-based Baker Hughes. However, the numbers vary greatly since Baker Hughes reports no …

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Great Plains Reports Earnings After Westar Acquisition

  Kansas City, Missouri-based Great Plains Energy reported third quarter earnings of nearly $133 million or $0.86 per share of average common stock outstanding. The $132.7 million in earnings compared to the $126.4 million in the third quarter of 2015 when they were also $0.82 per share. For the first nine months of 2016, the …

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Man Gets Time for Forcing Evacuation of Port of Catoosa Business

A man whose telephoned bomb threat forced the evacuation of a company at Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa is headed to prison for the next four years. Robert Dwayne Perry of Muskogee was sentenced Thursday in Rogers County District Court for making the threat to the Linde Corporation on Jan. 30, 2015. He called 911 and …

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PSO Renews Economic Development Plan

Tulsa-based Public Service Company of Oklahoma has announced the renewal of a partnership to promote regional economic development and one that provides financing to fund PSO’s ongoing capital needs. PSO has teamed up with regional and local banks to renew its senior unsecured three-year term loan providing $­­­125 million in financing for PSO’s electric system …

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Critic Wonders Why Satellites Aren’t Used in Fighting State Earthquakes

  Engineer Bob Jackman admits it. He’s a long time critic of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the office of governor Mary Fallin over their handling of the state’s response to injection wells and earthquakes. Now he’s raising the question why the state is not employing satellites in monitoring any pattern changes of earth, especially …

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