Big Electric Purchase Made in Texas

A deal worth $18.4 billion—it’s the purchase of the financially troubled Energy Future in Texas and its take in Oncor Electricity. Power producer NextEra Energy is making the purchase in a move that will allow Energy Future to emerge from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy it filed in Delaware bankruptcy court. Energy Future is the largest …

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Unmanned Systems Alliance Summit to be Held in Norman

The 2016 Unmanned Systems Alliance of Oklahoma summit is set to be held August 8 in Norman. The summit and networking event will include a presentation and panel discussing and exploring the new issues of aviation law and regulations, privacy and security concerns and the federal preemption and state authority over unmanned aerial systems or …

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Survey Shows Oklahoma’s Economic Slump is Growing

The latest Mid-American Business Conditions Index released by Creighton University economist Ernie Goss shows his concern for what’s happened to the economy in Oklahoma and several other mid-western states. Figures from his survey of supply managers in Oklahoma and 8 other states dropped again, suggesting either slow or no growth in their economies. His Index …

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Some in Congress Worry about Re-Listing Efforts for Prairie Chicken

Just when some Oklahoma energy producers thought they might not have to deal with federal rules and regulations covering the lesser prairie-chicken, now there’s word the government might re-list the animal under the Endangered Species Act. Oklahoma U.S. Reps. Frank Lucas, Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin are among 14 who recently wrote U.S. Fish and …

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Corps of Engineers Cited For Making No Progress on Levee Safety Program

The Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA are under criticism from the U.S. Government Accountability Office for making little progress on a levee-safety program mandated two years ago by Congress, according to a report filed with a Committee chaired by Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe. The report to his Senate Environment and Public Works Committee …

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Ethanol Production in US Drops from Record Numbers

Ethanol production in the U.S. dropped last week from the previous week’s historic high. Figures from the U.S. Energy Information Agency indicated production dropped 31,000 barrels a day, resulting in an average daily production of 998,000 barrels or 41.92 million gallons a day. Ethanol production had exceeded a million barrels a day in five of …

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Chevron Phillips Dedicates New Polyethylene Plant in Bartlesville

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP dedicated a new state-of-the-art Marlex polyethylene pilot plant at its research and technology facility in Bartlesville on Wednesday. The pilot plant enables polyethylene research, such as new catalyst and polymer development, to take place on a pilot scale prior to implementation in full-scale operations, including the company’s $6 billion investment …

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Oklahoma Congressmen Want Methane Rules Dumped by Interior Secretary

Nearly 60 Republican members of the U.S. House including three from Oklahoma, have asked U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to dump those new methane emissions standards because they contend they are a “solution in search of a problem.” Representatives Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin and Frank Lucas are among the 57 who signed a letter sent this …

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Dems Target Oil and Gas but Take Their Money to Hold National Convention

As OK Energy Today pointed out this week, the Democratic Party’s 2016 platform takes a hard stand for ‘green’ energy and against oil, but as the Daily Caller noted, guess who’s not afraid to take big oil money for the political campaigns. That’s right, the Democratic party. Among those listed as sponsored of the national convention …

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Pruitt Joins Criticism of Democratic AGs Probing Exxon Over Climate Change

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is one of 13 Republican Attorneys General who recently fired off a letter to the Democratic attorney general in New York and a Massachusetts U.S. Senator chastising them for their climate change probe of Exxon. In the letter, the GOP Attorneys General say that if minimizing the risks of climate change can …

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