Concern About Security of Pipelines Fueling Electrical Power Grid

Two Democrats at the top of the Senate and House Energy committees are asking the Government Accountability Office to do an assessment of security protections on the nation’s natural gas, oi land other hazardous pipelinesw. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) also warned of increased cyberthreats from foreign state-backed and criminal hacking …

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Rhode Island Senator Joins Complaint Against Scott Pruitt

Rhode Island U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has joined the effort to get Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt possibly disbarred because of an investigation by the Oklahoma Bar Association. Whitehouse, a Democrat who has targeted the former State Attorney General in numerous allegations and requests since Pruitt took office, wrote a letter to the Bar …

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Ditch Witch Part of White House Manufacturing Showcase

A White House event held Monday highlighting American manufacturing included a display by Ditch Witch. The Charles Machine Works Co. based in Perry represented Oklahoma in the “Made in America” showcase. It had its JT20 horizontal directional drill on display on the White House lawn. “We are honored to represent the state of Oklahoma,” said …

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Linn Energy Subsidiary Building New Gas Plant in SCOOP and STACK

Oklahoma’s SCOOP and STACK oil and gas plays are getting a new cryogenic gas processing facility, courtesy of Blue Mountain Midstream LLC, a company formerly known as Linn Midstream LLC. Blue Mountain’s a subsidiary of Houston-based Linn Energy Inc. and signed a contract with Midland, Texas-based BCCK Engineering Inc. to build the Chisholm Trail Cryogenic …

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Trump Denies Federal Aid to Cover North Dakota Protest Costs

The federal government’s denied a request by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum for a major disaster declaration to cover some of the $38 million in law enforcement costs over the Dakota Access pipeline protests. The governor made the request in April, writing to President Trump. The denial came in May but the governor’s office didn’t …

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Devon and 36 Other Firms Sued and Accused of Causing Sea Rise in California

Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy is one of 37 oil, gas and coal companies sued this week by two California Counties blaming them for the sea level rise and coastal flooding. Marin and San Mateo Counties along with the city of Imperial Beach filed suit claiming the energy companies knew for nearly half a century that …

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Weed Killer Banned in More States

Already facing legal challenges in Oklahoma City federal court and the state of California over its manufacture of Roundup, Monsanto Co.’s now facing issues with another of its weed killers. Tennessee has become the fourth state to ban dicamba, a weed killer that is considered to be a flagship pesticide for the company. Arkansas banned …

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Developer Offers to Pay for Law Enforcement Costs at North Dakota Protest Site

Even though law enforcement costs are estimated at $36 million over the protests at the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, developer Energy transfer Partners is still promising to help cover the costs. A spokeswoman said ETP will stick to its “offer to help the state with these costs, as we know it places a …

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More Groups Fight President’s Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

Updating the legal fight over the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents have gone to the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana in a move to fight the Trump administration’s claim its approval of the pipeline is unreviewable in court. Two coalitions of environmental and tribal advocacy groups, the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast …

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Court Ruling Affects Marcellus Shale Exploration

Oklahoma’s Chesapeake Energy leaders no doubt have paid close attention to a recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding the Marcellus Shale activity. The company has been a key player in exploration for several years. The high court said Pennsylvania lawmakers cannot arbitrarily divert money from natural gas drilling on state forests to other …

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