Senate Passes Pipeline Safety Bill—–US House has Yet to Act

While U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and others on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee pressure the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to finish proposing safety rules required under a 5-year old law, the senate’s given…

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Taxpayers Footing Cleanup at Old Boeing Plant in Wichita

It won’t be Boeing coughing up the millions to pay for pollution cleanup at one of its old aircraft plants in Wichita, Kansas. Instead, the U.S. government has agreed to pay Boeing $32.2 million in settlement of a lawsuit filed by Boeing as it sought t…

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New Oil Pay Zone Found in West Central Texas

A Dallas-based energy company says it drilled six straight wells in Coleman County, Texas and hit six straight times. International Western Petroleum, Inc. of Irving recently completed the 6-well drilling program on 220 acres in the county locat…

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Old Environmental Lawsuit Resurrected by New Mexico Supreme Court

The New Mexico Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling in a lawsuit filed by residents against Shell Oil Co. several years ago. The high court says the lower court was wrong to prevent residents of a southeastern New Mexico neighborhood…

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What Caused the Shutdown of a Nuclear Power Plant?

The headline was just too good to pass up. “Bird Poop Caused Shut Down at Indian Point 3 Nuclear Plant.” It’s how Penn Energy reported the story about an automatic shut down that happened in December at the Indian Point 3 nuclear plant in New York.
Th…

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Oklahoma, US, Canada Rig Counts Continue to Decline

Oklahoma and regional states continued to lose active oil drilling rigs as a result of the energy slump, according to Baker Hughes Incorporated. Oklahoma lost three more rigs to reach a level of 70 this week, almost half in comparison to the 139 …

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Embezzler Caused Energy Company Layoffs——Gets 45 Months in Prison

A woman who embezzled more than $1 million from an Oklahoma City-based energy company has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison and ordered to reimburse the company and the IRS.
Naomi D. Walker of Moore was sentenced in Oklahoma Cit…

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McClendon Indictment—-Never Just Two Sides to a Story

As a journalist for more than 40 years, I have always said there are ‘”never 2 sides to every story”, and never a story that is “black and white.”
There are “many” sides to a story and all stories, I believe based on years of covering the range of sto…

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Class Action Lawsuit over Alleged Bid-Rigging Could Involve Thousands of Lease Holders

The class-action federal lawsuit filed against Chesapeake Energy, SandRidge Energy and former SandRidge Energy CEO Tom Ward suggests there could be thousands of plaintiffs joining the suit. And the list of plaintiffs could extend into the Texas Panhand…

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Public Hearing Set for Oklahoma Weatherization Assistance Plan

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. to receive comments on the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2016 Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan. The hearing will be held at the Oklahoma …

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