Aeronautics Commission Renews Aerospace Contract

(From the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission) While the state legislature is deciding final agency budgets this week at the Oklahoma Capitol, a high-level meeting at the entity for all things aeronautics was buzzing with activity as well.  Most of the general public and even some state and federal lawmakers are unaware of a hidden armament tucked …

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Federal Judge Turns Aside EPA’s Challenge to WOTUS Fight

Months after he issued a ruling that put the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. Rule on hold, the same North Dakota federal judge ruled this week against a challenge made by the EPA. U.S. District Judge Ralph E. Erickson ruled Tuesday against the claims of the EPA to dismiss the challenges to …

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House Approves Move to Defund WOTUS Rule

In a voice vote Tuesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new energy bill that moves to defund the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial Waters of the U.S. Rule. The defunding is part of a $37.4 billion bill to fund the Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and several energy …

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Another Pig Poop to Electricity Deal’s Announced

Updating a story we recently told you about concerning electricity from “pig poop,” Duke Energy Corp. in North Carolina has signed another deal to create electricity from the pig waste. Considered the nation’s largest electric company, Duke Energy said the deal is to collect methane gas from the animal waste and convert it into fuel …

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Doak Highlights Concern Over Earthquake Insurance Competition, Rate Increases

Commissioner John Doak is increasingly alarmed about competition within the earthquake insurance market as data revealed that four companies hold 55 percent of this market, according to an Oklahoma Insurance Department press release. At a public meeting held on Tuesday, Commissioner Doak heard that insurers collected more than $76 million in earthquake insurance premiums while …

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Communities Battle Energy Companies Over Mangled Roads

It isn’t smooth sailing where the rubber meets the road when driving in northern Oklahoma near the entrance to Lake McMurtry. In fact, there have been quite a number of bumps in the road near Perry along State Highway 86. The same holds true for County Road 58 up in Noble County as well as …

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$9 billion Debt Forces Chesapeake to Make a 2nd Swap of $166 million in Shares

Oklahoma City’s financially challenged Chesapeake Energy Corp. has agreed to another deal to exchange its outstanding shares in exchange for debt, according to documents on file with the Securities Exchange Commission. The move is yet another effort as the company wrestles with billions in debt. The filing, made Monday indicated the amount involved about 5 …

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Wastewater Firm Moves Ahead in Nation’s Most Active Oil Play Despite Downturn

The energy downturn hasn’t stopped BlueJack Energy Solutions LLC in Dallas from securing up to $100 million in equity commitment from Energy Spectrum Capital through Energy Spectrum Partners VII LP. While rig counts have dropped in the past two years, there is still a need to dispose of wastewater from the wells being drilled in …

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Lankford Shows No Letup in Criticism of Obama over Green Climate Fund and Zika Research

U.S. Sen. James Lankford has renewed his political point over the President’s threatened veto of the Senate’s approval of $1.1 billion in “emergency” spending to fight the spread of the Zika virus. Now he’s used the pages of The Daily Signal to make his point. As the Senator pointed out in a senate floor speech, the …

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Attorneys General Want EPA to Stop Spending Dollars on Suspended Clean Power Plan

The Attorneys General in Texas and West Virginia are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to stop spending taxpayers dollars to comply with the halted Clean Power Plan. “The entire point of the Supreme Court’s extraordinary action in putting a stop to the Power Plan was to preserve the status quo pending the outcome of the …

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