North Dakota Legislator Wants Tough Punishment for Rioters

There’s another side to the story of the protesters and their encampment around the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.  And a North Dakota lawmaker wants tighter penalties on people involved in riots. Rep. Todd Porter has sponsored a measure carrying up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $20,000 fine for anyone convicted of …

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Supreme Court Nominee and his Energy and Environmental Rulings

  Supporters of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the Denver Federal Appeals Court judge say he’s the kind of judge who interprets the law without trying to legislate from the bench. But what kind of judge is he when it comes to the environment?  To energy issues? What do we know about the …

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Army Corps of Engineers Directed to Allow Completion of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

  Less than a week after President Trump announced the U.S. would move ahead with the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been directed to allow completion of the Dakota Access line. It means those months of protests by Oklahomans and others who joined the encampment in North …

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How Quickly Will Keystone XL Pipeline Win Approval in Trump Administration?

Given how quickly President Trump has acted on matters in his first two weeks in office, the question is raised just how quickly the Trump administration will act on TransCanada’s renewed application for a Keystone XL presidential permit. The company applied for the permit last week following President Trump’s announcement concerning the Keystone XL and …

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Lawton Legislator Pushes Plan to Replace Energy Sector Taxes

Freshman Rep. John Michael Montgomery has a vision—–doing something to get Oklahoma’s state revenue off what he considers to be volatile sources—income taxes and gross production taxes. The Lawton Republican is promoting his “Vision 2050”, a bill he filed to be considered in this session of the legislature. House Bill 1400, as he explained in …

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Coal Cleaning Experiment Successful in Eastern Oklahoma Power Plant

Thanks to a coal-cleaning experiment in a southeast Oklahoma coal-fired power plant, New York-based Clean Coal Technologies is taking the project to Wyoming where it will be carried out in a larger base. As the Oklahoman reported Tuesday, the company is expanding its efforts to clean coal before it’s burned. And the project at the …

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Perry and Zinke Win Positive Recommendations From Senate Energy Committee

Both former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke won recommendations of approval from a Senate Committee on Tuesday…Perry to be Energy Secretary and Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior. The votes from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee chaired by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) were along party lines. Zinke’s nomination …

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Native Americans Threaten Encampment to Block Diamond Pipeline

  Could Oklahoma become the site of a Dakota Access style oil pipeline protest?  it’s what some Native American activists and environmentalists suggested this week as they voiced opposition to the $900 million Diamond pipeline. The line will carry oil from Cushing to Memphis, Tennessee. “We are forming a coalition. We are organized and we …

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Oil and Gas Group Leader Says Anti-Diamond Pipeline Protesters Don’t Have Their Facts Straight

The Native American protesters and environmentalists who announced this week plans to block and fight the proposed $900 million Diamond pipeline are being accused of misleading the public and distorting the facts. “Let’s be clear what they are,” said Chad Warmington, President of the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association in a Tuesday morning interview on …

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Magellan Midstream Pipeline Spill Smaller than Originally Estimated in Northern Iowa

  Magellan Midstream Partners of Tulsa is reporting the break of one of its pipelines in northern Iowa is far less than originally feared. The company says the amount of spilled diesel fuel was closer to 47,000 gallons rather than the 139,000 initially reported last week, according to the Mason City Globe Gazette. The rupture …

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