New Leadership at Choctaw Electric Cooperative in SE Oklahoma

The merry go-round in leadership at Choctaw Electric Cooperative in Hugo continues with the recent naming of a new CEO and General Manager just a year after the board had hired a new leader. Kooney C. Duncan of Blanchard was named this month to be the new CEO/General Manager. He had been the Commercial and …

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Special Session Necessary to Resolve State Government Budget Hole?

Speculation is growing among political observers at the State Capitol that a special session of the legislature is likely because legislators have yet to reach a budget agreement. Political analyst Scott Mitchell is one of them, saying the House is further along than the State Senate. The Tulsa-based Oklahoma Policy Institute also believes lawmakers are …

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Energy Company in Fight with Civil Rights Museum Over Unpaid Electric Bills

An interesting story out of North Carolina where Duke Energy, the nation’s largest utility finds itself accused of racism as it tries to force a civil rights museum to cough up more than $18,000 in unpaid electricity bills. The Associated Press reports the utility has already turned off the lights once and is threatening to …

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President Nominates Chief of Enforcement at EPA

She was the top attorney for the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee when it was chaired by Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe and now Susan Bodine has been tapped by the President to head the EPA’s enforcement division. Bodine was the committee’s top attorney since January 2015. On Friday, President Trump announced her nomination …

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Judge Takes Wind Out of Lawsuit Against City of Hinton

The nationwide wind farm company known as NextEra has lost a federal lawsuit it filed against the city of Hinton after Hinton created an ordinance banning wind farms within 2 miles of the city limits. Oklahoma City U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot issued the ruling on Friday after Hinton city leaders asked to have …

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Losses Hit Tulsa’s Cypress Energy in First Quarter

Tulsa’s Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. reported this week a drop in revenues for the first quarter of 2017.  Total revenues were $64.7 million, down 11.9 percent from the same quarter a year earlier. But Peter C. Boylan III, CELP’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer had an explanation. “As discussed in March, the first quarter is …

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Budget Deal Likely to Involve Gross Production Tax Hike……but How Much?

Governor Mary Fallin is clearly growing anxious with only five working days remaining before the legislative deadline and there is still no agreement on a budget deal. It was obvious as she spoke with OK Energy Today on Friday while the State Senate held a rare Friday session. The State House, the legislative body responsible …

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386 Producing Wells Bought by Wildhorse Resources in South Texas

Houston,Texas-based WildHorse Resource Development Corporation has just announced a $625 million purchase of 111,000 net acres and associated production from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The land is located in south Texas and the counties of Burleson, Brazos, Lee, Milam, Robertson and Washington counties next to the existing acreage held by WildHorse. The purchase includes 68 Eagle Ford …

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Indian Pueblo in New Mexico Joins Ranks of Sites for Electric Charging Stations

If your electric car needs a recharge and you happen to be driving in New Mexico, now there’s a new charging station at an American Indian pueblo. The Public Service Company of New Mexico announced the charging station will be placed at Santo Domingo Pueblo located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The station is being …

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Tulsa Welders Recall Their Role in Building Trans Alaska Pipeline

As the 40th anniversary approaches for the Trans Alaska Pipeline System, the observation is being noticed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That’s the headquarters for the Pipeliners Local Union 798 whose members were the welders who built the 800 mile-long pipeline. They were the ones who welded the 40-foot sections of 48-inch pipe beginning March 27, 1975. …

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