Inhofe Urges Continued LNG Shipments to Poland to Fight Russia’s Attempts

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe contends Russia is attempting to use energy as a weapon to influence Europe. During a recent hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senator raised the issue as he questioned Damon Wilson, executive vice president of the Atlantic Council. “Russia is very apt to use energy dependence as one …

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Surge of Quakes Around Stroud Puzzles State Earthquake Investigators

The state officials investigating last Friday’s surge of earthquakes around Stroud, including a 4.2 magnitude quake are puzzled because there has been no new well activity in the region. Matt Skinner, with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says the Commission’s Induced Seismicity Department has joined forces with the Oklahoma Geological Survey in probing the six earthquakes …

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Stroud Rattled by Strong Quake Felt in Kansas and Arkansas

Previous strong earthquakes in Oklahoma have led to lawsuits against oil and gas companies. The state’s latest was a 4.2 magnitude quake Friday morning, strong enough to have been felt in Wichita, Kansas and parts of western Arkansas. The quake hit before 9 a.m. near Stroud in Lincoln County and was followed by a slightly …

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Oil Companies Contend Pawnee Quake Wasn’t Caused by Their Activities

  A judge is still considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed by homeowners against some oil and gas operators following the 5.8 magnitude earthquake last fall in Pawnee. The suit, CJ 2017-00018 was filed by Johnny and Janice Bryant against Cumming Oil Company and Eagle Road Oil LLC and up to 25 John Does. …

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Contractor Hits Pipeline—-Causes 1,200 Barrel Oil Leak

Homes were evacuated following an oil pipeline leak on Thursday near the Texas town of Bastrop. About 1,200 barrels or about 50,000 gallons of crude leaked in a Magellan Midstream Partners pipeline. Bastrop’s a small community east of Austin. Magellan quickly turned off the flow of oil in the Longhorn pipeline and started cleanup operations. …

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No Letup in Exploration of STACK and SCOOP

A casual check and review of the daily permits to drill, as shown by OK Energy Today shows more growth in exploration of Oklahoma’s STACK and SCOOP oil and gas plays. It’s obvious the STACK has more interest from exploration companies. Just in the past few days, five more permits were issued for drilling in …

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Former Legislator Calls for Open Hearing into Old Bribed Rate Case

While the Oklahoma Supreme Court reviews the case of consumers who contend a bribed Oklahoma Corporation Commission vote more than 25 years ago should result in a nearly $16 billion refund, a former legislator agrees. “Justice requires open records and a full hearing, not delay, fraud, obstruction and neglect of duty by public officials,” wrote …

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Buffett Wants Fast-track Approval of $9 billion Oncor Buy in Texas

Billionaire Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. want a fast-track approval of their proposed $9 billion takeover of Oncor Electric Delivery Co. in Texas. Berkshire needs approval from the Public Utility Commission in Texas and plans to ask the agency to make a decision in the next 60 to 90 days. The energy …

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ConocoPhillips to Suspend Operations at Alaska LNG Plant

      ConocoPhillips Co., a firm with operations in Bartlesville and a regional office in Oklahoma City is putting an indefinite hold on operations at its liquefied natural gas plant in Kenai, Alaska. The LNG plant was put on the market last year but no buyers have come forward.  ConocoPhillips made the decision as …

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Small Operators in Permian Basin Feel the Pinch With $45 Oil

While crude oil prices bounce around the $45 a barrel mark, it’s making life tough for some small independents as they seek to find black gold in the Permian Basin in west Texas. The Houston Chronicle reports some are thinking of delaying exploration projects as money is tight. The paper quoted James Mayer, founder and …

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