Consumers Charge State Supreme Court was ‘Tainted’ Over Bribed Rate Hike Case

Another filing has been made in the Oklahoma Supreme Court in the consumer fight to force a $16 billion refund from  ATT over a 1989 bribed vote by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Oklahomans Against Bribery made the filing stating that the bribery and misconduct by attorneys and executives for Southwestern Bell, before it was taken …

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Little Movement Seen in Sierra Club Earthquake Lawsuit Against 4 Oklahoma Energy Companies

In just about two weeks, it will be a year since the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit accusing three Oklahoma energy companies of causing earthquakes in the state.  With the help of the Washington, D-C based group Public Justice, the Sierra Club accused New Dominion, Chesapeake Operating and Devon Energy Production Company of causing the …

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More Plaintiffs Join Class-Action Lawsuit Alleging Bid-Rigging Against Chesapeake and SandRidge Energy Companies

  In the nearly eleven months since a class-action bid-rigging lawsuit was filed against Chesapeake Energy and SandRidge Energy, oilman Tom Ward and others, the number of plaintiffs has grown from one to 19. A check of the lawsuit originally filed by Brian Thieme, a Colorado resident who is also a land-owner in northwest Oklahoma, showed …

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Environmentalists Building Bank Accounts to Wage War with Trump White House

While President Trump and some of his cabinet nominees have vowed to dismantle some of the environmental policies of former President Barack Obama, environmental groups have been busy building their bank accounts to do battle with the White House. OK Energy Today has reported on the efforts of the national Sierra Club to raise more …

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FERC Will be Unable to Convene after Bay’s Departure on Friday

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Norman Bay has only a few days before his resignation is effective. He announced he would resign Feb. 3 after President Donald trump demoted him from being chairman and named Cheryl LaFleur to be an acting chair. His departure will leave just two members after that date. It also means …

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Legislator Proposes Plan to Replace Oklahoma Reliance on Energy Sector Taxes

Among the more than 2,000 bills filed for the 2017 session of the Oklahoma legislature is HB 1401, a measure by Rep. John Michael Montgomery to end the state’s reliance on income tax and energy sector taxes. “As I talk with constituents and fellow Oklahomans, it is clear that they want a long-term vision and …

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Lankford is Critical of Democrats in Pruitt EPA Nomination

  Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford says it could be nearly two more weeks before Attorney General Scott Pruitt is confirmed to be the new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s what he said in an interview with OK Energy Today and he blamed the stall tactics of Democrats in the Senate. “This will …

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Brokaw on Trump—–He’ll change his views on Climate Change

  Then there’s the opinion of former network broadcaster Tom Brokaw about President Donald Trump’s skeptical view of climate change. He thinks Trump’s views will eventually change and he will become a believer in climate change. Brokaw, formerly of NBC TV is promoting his latest Discovery Channel documentary, “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman.” It’s about a group …

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Confirmation Recommendations for Energy and Interior Secretaries Delayed to Tuesday

With Republicans in Congress meeting in Philadelphia, the confirmations of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior and of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy won’t be handled until next week. Those confirmation recommendations will have to first be made by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Zinke …

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Native American Environmentalist Says She’s Terrified at the Thought of Pruitt Taking Over EPA

“We are terrified at the idea of him becoming head of the EPA”   Three Oklahomans took part this week in a Democratic-sponsored panel in Washington, D.C. against the nomination of Attorney General Scott Pruitt to become the new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Casey Camp-Hornek, a Ponca Tribal councilwoman, Native rights activist and …

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