Nearly 500 Coal Miners Laid Off in Wyoming

Nearly 465 coal miners have been laid off at two of the largest mines in northeast Wyoming and operators blame declining prices and less demand for coal.
Peabody Energy announced it was laying off 235 workers at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine while …

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Former Employee Accused of Stealing Data from Continental Resources

Continental Resources has gone to court, filing a lawsuit against former employee, Levi Pack, a geologist accused of uploading company data and creating a program to give him remote access to Continental data on his cell phone.
The suit was file…

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Moody’s Downgrades OKC’s Chaparral Energy

For a second time in the past year, Chaparral Energy, Inc. in Oklahoma City has been downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service. The Probability of Default Rating was dropped from Ca-PD to C-PD/LD and its Corporate Family Rating went from Ca to C wh…

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Repairs are Made to Leaking TransCanada Oil Pipeline

The leak of a TransCanada pipeline that carries oil to Cushing and eventually down the southern leg of the Keystone pipeline to the Gulf Coast involved about 17,000 gallons of oil, according to an announcement by TransCanada.
The leak occurred i…

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New Airport Terminal Dedicated at Grove

The new airport terminal in Grove is open for business, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held recently with Gov. Mary Fallin on hand. The terminal building covers nearly 4,400 square fe…

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OERB Completes Number 15,000 Abandoned Well Site

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board is preparing to observe what it calls a “significant milestone,”….the completion and cleanup of its 15,000th abandoned well site in the state.
It plans a special ceremony on April 13 at the site just east of…

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Tulsa’s BlueStone Wraps up Purchase of 1,000 Wells in Barnett Shale Play

The 4-year old Tulsa company, BlueStone Natural Resources II, LLC has closed on its purchase of Fort Worth’s bankrupt Quicksilver Resources Inc.’s U.S. oil and gas assets. They consist of 1,017 producing wells in the Barnett Shale play with other…

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McCain Irked at EPA Director’s Attitude toward Probe of Colorado Gold Mine Spill

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency might have some serious explaining to do before the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee where Sen. John McCain wants her subpoenaed to answer questions about last summer’s Gold King Mine disaster i…

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Investor Confident of Forcing Continental Resources to Issue Methane Emissions Reports

The California State Teachers Retirement System indicates it believes there is support for its call to have Continental Resources, Inc. to start issuing reports on how it monitors and manages methane emissions from its oil and gas operations. The…

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Oil and Gas Job Losses Grow—–while Government Job Numbers Increase

The growing number of layoffs in the state’s oil and gas sector has caused an increase in Oklahoma’s jobless rate, according to new figures released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. But one area of employment that continues to grow…

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