Attorneys who Sued BP Over Gulf Oil Spill to Share $555 million

As the saying goes, “Not bad work if you can get it!” A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled the attorneys who sued BP over its 2010 Gulf oil spill will divide $555.2 million for their work on behalf of the people and businesses who suffered economic damages. It’s the ruling from U.S. District …

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North Dakota Pipeline Protests Get Support of Oklahoma Native Americans

One of those who ended up behind bars during last week’s Native American-led protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota was Oklahoma Caddo Nation chairwoman Tamara Francis-Fourkiller. She was said by family members to be visiting the Standing Rock Sioux to advise them during negotiations with the construction team building the $3.8 billion …

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GE in Talks to Merge with Baker Hughes

Whether GE and its new Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Research Center will one day be in partners with Baker Hughes is one thing., But the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch reports the two are in talks to former a merger—-GE’s oil-and-gas business with the Houston based company. GE is the one that went asking, …

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Groups Fighting Proposed Nuclear Waste Storage Site in West Texas

Four national and state groups are fighting a plan to consider a short-term nuclear waste storage site in west Texas. The groups, Beyond Nuclear, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Public Citizen and Texas-based Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition want the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to terminate its review of the license application. The application …

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Google Fiber Puts OKC Development on Hold

  Google’s website still says “We’re exploring bringing Fiber to Oklahoma City.” But it’s clear Google and its parent company Alphabet have stopped development of the super fast network for Oklahoma City and several others around the country. “Going forward we’re focusing on new technology and deployment methods to make superfast internet more abundant than …

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Mark Ruffalo is Latest Hollywood Actor to Join Protesters in North Dakota

The Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota apparently has become the “protest de jour” for Hollywood. Now actor Mark Ruffalo who considers himself an activist has joined the Native Americans and members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest of the nearly $4 billion pipeline under construction. Ruffalo is described as a co-funder of …

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Labor Commission to Honor OKC Pizza Company for its Job Creation

Just as oil and gas firms are in the slow movement of creating a few more new jobs in the state, the Oklahoma Labor Department on Friday will honor an Oklahoma City company for its creation of job opportunities. Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston will hand out the newly-named Mark Costello Entrepreneurial Excellence award to …

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Legislator Wants Heartland Flyer Contract Renegotiated With Texas

One form of transportation in the state was the subject of a State Senate interim study this week at the State Capitol—Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer. Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer asked for the study because of his concerns that Texas benefits most from the route but only pays 40% of the funding while Oklahoma contributes 60%. “I …

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ONEOK Fined $732,000 Over 2008 Fire in Kansas

Officials at ONEOK in Tulsa say they’re reviewing orders from a federal agency that issued a $732,000 fine over a 2008 fire at the company’s operations in Bushton, Kansas. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued three Final Orders on Wednesday with required corrective actions and civil penalties totaling $732,100. …

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Three Oklahoma Rural Electric Cooperatives Awarded Over $40 Million in USDA Federal Loans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that three Oklahoma rural electric cooperatives will receive more than $40 million in federal loans for construction, improvement and repair projects. A $15.7 million federal loan was awarded to the Central Rural Electric Cooperative to build or improve 34 miles of transmission and distribution line. Located in Stillwater, …

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