Setback for CAFOs in Court Fight Over Pollution Rules

Operators of large cattle and pork feedlots in Oklahoma and other states suffered another setback this week when a Washington, D.C,. federal appeals court refused to reconsider its decision tossing out a rule exempting the producers from some pollution-reporting requirements. The ruling by the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District …

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Public Comments Sought in Proposed New BLM Rules to Apply in Oklahoma

Revisions are being proposed by the Interior Department to land-use planning procedures and environmental reviews like those used in a controversial Osage County legal case handled this week by the Denver federal appeals court. The Bureau of Land Management is asking for public comment on revisions of the environmental steps required by the National Environmental …

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Record Year for School Land Commission Distribution of Funds to Education

Another record year in distribution of funds to public schools has been announced by the Oklahoma School Land Commission. It was for a second straight year as the funding totaled $137.4 million including $103.4 million for K-12 public schools and more than $34 million for higher education. The new distribution beat last year’s numbers by …

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SandRidge to Announce 2nd Q Figures in Early August

Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy plans to release its 2017 second quarter financial results next month. The company announced the release date will be after the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Leaders of SandRidge plan to host a conference call the following day at 8 o’clock, central time. …

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Environmental Cleanup Loan Approved for Historic OKC Bank Building

  The city of Oklahoma City has approved a $2.5 million Brownfields environmental clean-up for the historic First National Bank building in the city’s downtown business district.The city council voted Wednesday to approve an initial loan of $1 million with the ability to increase the loan up to $2.5 million. The bank building at 120 …

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Farewell to Justin Dougherty at News 9

  News 9’s Justin Dougherty heads east for a Boston TV news operation. Wednesday was his last day.  Often in his 4 a.m. newscasts on KWTV, he interviewed OK Energy Today’s Jerry Bohnen, discussing some of the impact of oil and gas matters and their impact on Oklahoma. Justin spent 4 years with News 9. …

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Appeals Court Sides with BIA in Drilling Fight in Osage County

A 2016 Tulsa court ruling that voided the U.S. government’s approval of oil and gas leases and drilling permits on Osage tribal land in Osage County has been reversed by the Denver Federal Appeals Court. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court ordered the ruling made in March 2016 to be vacated and dismissed in the original …

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$17 million in Attorney Fees in Oklahoma Case Reversed by Denver Federal Appeals Court

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has set aside more than $17 million in attorney fees in the settlement of an Oklahoma class action lawsuit involved alleged underpayment of royalties from gas wells. In a 2-0 decision, the court sent the $52 million settlement back to Oklahoma City federal court saying the …

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New Mexico Rancher Wonders About Future Following Decision on Methane Emissions Rule

A rancher in northwest New Mexico is preparing to resume his battle against methane gas being released by thousands of wells in the San Juan basin. Don Schreiber was one of those who fought for the emissions rule that the Obama administration adopted but the Trump administration is in the process of eliminating. He told …

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GE and Baker Hughes Merger——a Done Deal

It’s a done deal….the merger of Baker Hughes Inc. in Houston with General electric Co.’s GE Oil and Gas. The merger was finalized this week, a move that created the world’s second-largest company in the industry. It’s called a merger, but technically GE acquired Baker Hughes and the new company has an estimated value of …

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