Impact of Koch Industries is Felt in 50 States

Say what you want about the politics of the Koch brothers, but their Koch companies in 2015 directly employed nearly 60,000 people in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Wichita, Kansas based company also paid compensation and benefits totaling more than $5.5 billion according to a recent study by the independent economic research firm Harrah …

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Bartlesville Awaits More Possible Layoffs at ConocoPhillips Operations

Nine months after ConocoPhilips laid off 1,800 workers, including 170 at its Bartlesville, Oklahoma operation, the company has to cut another thousand workers from its payroll. But there’s no indication some of those losing their jobs are workers in Bartlesville, home to Phillips 66 before it merged with Conoco. The latest round of layoffs is …

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Clean and Green Energy Emphasized in Democratic Party Platform

With the national Democratic party convention underway this week in Philadelphia, the party’s national platform has been adopted, one focusing on the rights and needs of workers and an emphasis on green energy and environmentally friendly development. Two who helped draw up the platform were Charles Hoskins of Vinita and Alberta Swanegan-Owens of Oklahoma City. …

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Gasoline Prices Hit Lowest Oklahoma Average since April

Gasoline prices in Oklahoma are down to their lowest average since late April, reaching a new average of $1.94, according to figures released this week by AAA Oklahoma. The new average is 3 cents cheaper per gallon than one week ago, making the Oklahoma gasoline some of the cheapest in the U.S. “If your late-summer …

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Corporation Commissioners to Get Power Pool Presentation

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners will get a presentation this week concerning the Southwest Power Pool, the Integrated Marketplace and their impact on electric customers in the state. The presentations will be made Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Jim Thorpe building at the state capital complex. The Integrated Marketplace has meant huge changes in the cost, …

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Nearly $6 million Bid on School Land Oil/Gas Leases

A recent Oklahoma Land Commission sale of oil and gas leases netted nearly $5.8 million on 98 different parcels of land in 14 different counties ranging from Texas County in the Panhandle to Pittsburg in the southeast. The honors for the largest amount of money paid for one lease went to Houston, Texas-based Newfield Exploration, a …

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EPA Sued for Not Enforcing Ozone Mandates

In a lawsuit filed in California by a coalition of environmental and public-health groups, it is alleged the Environmental Protection Agency failed to enforce 16 states and the district of Columbia to finalize plans to reduce ozone pollution. Oklahoma is not one of them. “Millions of people are relying on the EPA to protect them …

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Oil Slowdown Hits North Dakota Highway Traffic Figures

Any state that relies heavily on oil and gas gross production taxes for state revenue has felt the impact of the drop in oil prices over the past two years. Oklahoma has. So has Texas. And North Dakota finds fuel tax collections for the State’s Transportation Department are taking a hit with fewer vehicles on …

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Colorado Police Deny Targeting Environmental Protesters by Using Undercover Officers

Turns out undercover police officers were in the crowd of oil and gas protesters who demonstrated peacefully last May in the Denver suburb of Lakewood. Police at Lakewood deny they were there to target the protesters but simply to provide information to commanders. The Associated Press says the department claims the undercover operators were not …

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NRC Seeks Public Input on Development of 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public input in developing the agency’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022. The NRC will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 27 beginning at 9 a.m. at the agency’s headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. A webinar is also available for public participation. The NRC staff will consider the perspectives and …

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