May Will Bring an End to Any Remaining Drought Areas of Oklahoma

May is expected to bring an end to any remaining areas of Oklahoma still under a drought, according to the latest Oklahoma Mesonet Report. “The precipitation outlook is bullish on above-normal precipitation across all of Oklahoma, but especially the southwestern two-thirds,” said Gary McManus, State Climatologist in the Monday edition of his daily reports. “The …

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Major Traffic Headaches Coming for OKC’s I-235 Drivers

  State Transportation Commissioners will meet Monday to consider the single largest contract in the history of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Commissioners are expected to vote on approval of an $81 million contract with possible financial incentives for the project to reconstruct and widen I-235 and replace the NW 50th Street and BNSF railroad …

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Tulsa Federal Judge Tosses Challenge to Merger of Williams Cos. and Energy Transfer Equity

Tulsa Federal Judge Gregory Frizzell has tossed a legal challenge filed against the merger of the Williams Companies, Inc. and Energy Transfer Equity of Dallas, Texas. The judge ruled against John Bumgarner, a Williams company retiree who was a senior vice president of planning and development for the company. He contended that statements made at the …

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Legislator calls Corporation Commission vote a “catastrophe”

One of those critical of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s decision to allow OG&E install a $500,000 scrubber at its coal-fired power plant at Red Rock is Rep. Richard Morrissette. The Oklahoma City Democrat is also a candidate for Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy’s seat and called the recent Commission vote a “catastrophe.” “For this state and …

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Corporation Commissioners Defend Controversial Approval of OGE Coal Plant Plan

  The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s controversial decision allowing OG&E to install a $500,000 scrubber on its coal-fired Sooner Power Plant at Red Rock is being called a “catastrophe” by critics and a forced decision by “Big Brother” by one commissioner. It took only 8 minutes for the Commission to meet and make the decision, one …

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Corporation Commission Approves OGE’s $500 Million Coal Plant Upgrade

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission approved a plan by the state’s largest electric utility to spend about $500 million to upgrade its coal-fired power plant in northern Oklahoma. The three-member regulatory panel voted unanimously on Thursday that the plan by Oklahoma Gas & Electric to install dry scrubbers at its Sooner Power Plant near Red Rock …

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Producers Seek Dismissal of Sierra Club Earthquake Suit in Federal Court

Oklahoma producers on Monday fired back at environmental groups in a legal tussle in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, asking for dismissal of a lawsuit over alleged oil and natural gas injection well-induced earthquakes in the state. At issue is a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club (Sierra Club v. …

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Energy Sector Woes Hit Hard in Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming

The slump in crude prices is starting to show up as missed payments by consumers in the oil patch, according to a report published in The Wall Street Journal. In states from Oklahoma and Texas to North Dakota and Wyoming, rising unemployment in the energy sector is pushing up loan delinquencies and raising the risk …

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T. Boone Pickens: America’s Oil Industry is ‘Dead in the Water’

Billionaire energy investor T. Boone Pickens said earlier this week that he believes the U.S. oil industry is “dead in the water” as OPEC members continue to pump more crude and U.S. companies curb drilling. Speaking at a dinner hosted by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, Pickens that he doesn’t expect U.S. drilling operations to pick up again any time …

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Armed Services Committee Votes Against Protection for Greater Sage Grouse

  The U.S. House Armed Services Committee, including Oklahoma Representatives Steve Russell and Jim Bridenstine turned back a move by a Democratic Representative to strip part of a national defense spending bill that included exemption of protection for the greater sage-grouse on military lands. The vote was 27-35 against removing the limits as part of …

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