Gas Leak Repaired—-Evacuated Residents Return to Their Homes Near Velma

Residents near a gas well site that leaked toxic hydrogen sulfide gas were able to return to their homes over the weekend near the town of Velma in southern Oklahoma. Fire Chief Jay Dumas told reporters a buildup of pressure caused the Stephens County well head to fail late Friday night. The evacuations were carried …

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President’s Move Again Iranian Nuclear Deal is Supported by Lankford and Inhofe

While President Trump’s move against certifying the Iranian nuclear program deal originally reached by President Obama could affect international oil prices, it has the support of Oklahoma U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford. “I commend the new Iran strategy which rightly seeks to address Iran’s nuclear program, ballistic missile program, support for terrorism and …

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Sierra Club Still Calls for Higher Oil and Gas Taxes

The Oklahoma Sierra Club has not given up in its campaign to boost the gross production tax on oil and gas. “Tell lawmakers to make oil and gas pay their fair share and stop holding our future hostage!” wrote Johnson Bridgwater, Director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club in a recent newsletter. “Oklahoma …

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Ponca City Legislator Asks for Support of Fuel Tax Hike

If the Republican leadership in the Oklahoma legislature gets its way, motorists in Oklahoma will be paying higher motor fuel taxes. Rep. Steve Vaughan of Ponca City chairs the House Transportation Committee and wants the support of voters in raising the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel by 6 cents a gallon. “At 23 cents …

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Legislators Still Negotiating a Budget Deal

  Still no deal in the Oklahoma legislature as the special session continues with legislative leaders and Gov. Mary Fallin in talks with hopes of reaching an agreement to resolve the $215 million budget hole. At last word, House Floor Leader Jon Echols indicated legislators were told to prepare to return for work on Oct. …

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$2 Million Grant Awarded to OKC Airport Trust for WRWA Hangar Improvements

The Oklahoma City Airport Trust was recently awarded a $2 million public works grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, according to the bureau’s website. Governor Mary Fallin was present during the grant announcement. The airport trust believes this opportunity to complete the improvements will attract commercial aviation and additional defense industry to Oklahoma City. …

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Michael Bloomberg Declares War on Coal, Commits $64 Million to Environmental Groups

Following U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s highly publicized declaration that “the war on coal is over,” billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg affirmed his “war on coal” by going to battle against the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan. During a meeting held on Wednesday at the Sierra Club’s Washington, D.C. …

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Monticello Power Plant in Northeast Texas to Close by Early January of 2018

Dallas-based Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, announced Friday that it is permanently closing one of the Lone Star State’s largest coal-powered plants early next year, according to a company press release. The 1,800 megawatt Monticello power plant located in Titus County, Texas is the latest casualty in coal plant closures across the nation as …

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Inhofe Praises Senate Confirmation of Howard Elliott to Top DOT Pipeline Post

Oklahoma’s U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe has weighed in following the Senate confirmation of Howard R. “Skip” Elliott as the federal Department of Transportation’s Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. “I’m pleased the Senate confirmed the nomination of Howard Elliott to be Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration,” said Inhofe. “With over …

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Oklahomans to Benefits from Approved Volkswagen Settlement Agreement

The Volkswagen Settlement Agreement Environmental Mitigation Trust was approved on Monday, initiating the process where billions in trust money can be allocated to states for clean transportation efforts, according to a press release issued by the Sierra Club. Under the settlement, states must identify a lead agency to supervise the distribution of settlement money by …

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