Governor Declares State of Emergency Following Cushing Earthquake

  Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in Payne County on Tuesday following the Sunday night earthquake that hit Cushing. The following was her announcement: OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for Payne County due to a magnitude 5.0 earthquake that occurred Sunday evening near the city …

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Tesla Eliminates Free Unlimited Use of Supercharging Stations

Months before its scheduled delivery and sales of its mass-market Model 3 electric vehicle, Tesla Motors announced Monday that it will discontinue unlimited free use of its 734 global supercharging stations for all vehicles sold after January 1 of next year. Instead, the automaker will provide 1,000 miles worth of annual credits for use at …

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GM Ready to Roll With Chevrolet Bolt EV on Michigan Production Line

American automaker General Motors is jumping back into the electric vehicle market with its current production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV on an assembly line near Detroit, Michigan. The hatchback automobile can travel more than 200 miles on battery power, according to a report by PennEnergy. With an estimated cost of $37,495 before a $7,500 …

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Lender Pressures Energy Transfer Partners to Resolve Fight With Indians over Dakota Access Pipeline

A bank in Norway is now demanding that Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, developer of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, do more to resolve the issue. If not, DNB might yank its loans to  Kelcey Warren and Energy Transfer Partners. The bank loaned ETP $342.36 million or about 10 percent of the total …

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Cherokee Nation Helps in Hurricane Hunting

Oklahoma’s Cherokee Nation is building on one of its technologies projects—helping Hurricane Hunters through the use of unmanned aircraft. The Cherokee Nation Technologies created a partnership with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA to support hurricane forecasting and damage assessment. The Nation uses an unmanned aircraft Global Hawk to fly above recent hurricanes Gaston, …

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New Cushing Earthquake Plan Coming Soon from Corporation Commission

“We will be taking further action in the area,” said Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission following the Sunday night earthquake at Cushing. The Commission’s Oil and Gas Division responded immediately after the 7:44 p.m. earthquake that measured 5.0 magnitude according to the U.S. Geological Survey or 4.6 magnitude according to the Oklahoma Geological …

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Cushing Earthquake Leaves Extensive Damage—-One Hurt

Cushing city leaders say it could be another day or two before they’re able to make a total assessment of damage from the 5.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Sunday night. An estimated 40 to 50 buildings were damaged, some extensively and at least one, according to aerial footage indicated it had collapsed and was destroyed. …

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Federal Judge in New Mexico Asked to Keep Environmentalists Out of Lawsuit Against BLM

A lawsuit filed by an oil and gas industry group against the Bureau of Land Management for failing to hold oil and gas lease auctions has taken another turn in New Mexico. The Western Energy Alliance has asked a federal judge to keep nine environmental groups out of the lawsuit, contending groups such as the …

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EPA Sued Over Air Pollution from Cattle and Hog Feedlots

The latest lawsuit filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency comes from a coalition of environmental, animal rights and citizen action groups who contend the federal government has failed to address air pollution from large-scale livestock farms. Seven environmental groups field suit in the District of Columbia, demanding the EPA respond within 90 days. The …

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Pipeline Protesters Want Developer Removed from Texas Commission

  Those protesters fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota took their aim recently at the chief executive of the company. They demonstrated outside a meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission where Kelcy Warren, CEO of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is a commissioner. Nearly 100 people protested, demanding he resign as commissioner. …

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