Sen. Inhofe Challenges Acting Deputy Administrator of EPA

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe is using his position as chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to question the legal authority for Albert Stanley Meiburg to be serving as acting deputy administrator of the Environmental Prote…

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Meeting Cancelled by DEQ and State Air Group

Cancelled—-Wednesday’s meeting of the State Department of Environmental Quality with the Oklahoma chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association.
Tim Seidel, manager of the Phillips 66 oil refinery in Ponca City had been scheduled to make a pr…

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Rep. Russell Says White House Might Support his Natural Gas Plan with China

Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell (R) has hit upon an idea that he says President Obama’s trade team appears to support—-one of exporting U.S. natural gas to China in exchange for Chinese bond debt.
“What they don’t have is an abundance of natural …

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Packed Church for Aubrey McClendon’s Memorial Service

Hundreds were on hand this week for the funeral of Oklahoma energy leader Aubrey McClendon. Among those who spoke during the Monday morning services were Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and former Gov. Frank Keating.
“I don’t think I ever walked away…

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FERC Upholds Rejection of EDF Renewable Energy in North Dakota

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says a regional grid operator in North Dakota was legally right to remove a wind farm developed by an EDF Renewable Energy subsidiary from the power grid.
FERC stood behind the decision that Midcontinent …

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Biodiesel Scheme Nets Texas Man 10 Years in Prison

Ten years in federal prison and more than $87 million in restitution. It’s the punishment for a Texas man, Philip Joseph Rivkin, after he pleaded guilty to a massive biodiesel credits scheme in the federal renewable fuel program. He was also ordered t…

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Earthquake Bill Passes State House

A candidate for Oklahoma Corporation Commission is critical of a measure passed Monday by the State House of Representatives to clarify the Corporation Commisson’s authority to respond to emergencies such as earthquakes and wastewater disposal wells.

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New Earthquake Response Plan Laid Out by State

Not only is the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Division targeting another 400 Arbuckle disposal wells for reduction in a new earthquake response plan for central Oklahoma, it is expanding an “area of interest” encompassing nearly 10,000 …

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Higher Gasoline Prices Continue to Hit Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s new statewide average gasoline price is up to $1.72 as of Monday while the nation’s gasoline average jumped six cents on the week to reach $1.81 a gallon, according to AAA Oklahoma and its weekly Fuel Gauge Report. The Oklahoma average is 8 …

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Murphy to Seek Re-Election at Corporation Commission

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy says she is going to seek re-election to a second full term in office, telling supporters in a March 1 letter, “This journey has resulted in a very clear answer to pursue re-election.”
She wrote supporters…

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