Hess Corporation Unloads $600 Million in Assets in Permian Basin

New York based Hess Corporation announced Monday it has sold $600 million in assets in the Permian Basin to Occidental Petroleum Corporation. The sale was effective June 1 and proceeds will be used to fund the company’s strong growth opportunities. The assets included holdings in the Seminole Gas Processing plant in Texas, the West Bravo …

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7-Year Court Fight Ends With $11.7 million Judgment Against ConocoPhillips

In a court case of the “little guy” against the corporate giant, the corporate giant, ConocoPhillips has lost its challenge of $11.7 million in damages ordered by a court. The Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio, Texas has upheld a lower court ruling that said a brother and sister were entitled to $11.7 million …

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Another Round of Court Filings in Legal Fight Over Keystone XL Pipeline

Supporters of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have gone to Montana federal court contending President Trump’s decision in March to approve a permit for the project is not within the court’s jurisdiction. The supporters responded to legal action taken by environmental and tribal groups that are fighting the project which will stretch across Montana, South …

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Tulsa Businessman’s $1 million Re-creation of Waite Phillips Office

Tulsa chemical company owner Mat Brainerd’s had such an interest and devotion of the history of Oklahoma oilman Waite Phillips, he spent $1 million renovating his office to look just like the one Phillips had in Philtower in downtown Tulsa. As he told The Tulsa World, “Re-creating his office into an exact replica of what …

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Pruitt’s Calendar Reveals Busy Schedule Full of Fossil Fuel Meetings

Administrator Scott Pruitt led a busy life as he settled into the top post at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to scheduling data released to E&E News late Thursday. During his initial five weeks in office, Oklahoma’s former attorney general met with governors and energy leaders but failed to hold discussions with environmental activists …

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Inhofe Makes One Last Defense of Trump’s Paris Climate Accord Decision

In what he called one last defense of President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, Sen. Jim Inhofe said it means an end to the era of President Obama’s damaging climate agenda. It was in his latest speech on the Senate Floor where he highlighted what he called the “importance of …

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Fracking Fight in Wyoming Leads to Federal Court Ruling

In a case Sen. Jim Inhofe described as an attempt by the Obama administration to “crucify” the fossil fuel industry, a federal judge has ordered a high-ranking Wyoming state official to be deposed in a fracking case. It’s the case of a Wyoming family, Jeff and Rhonda Locker,  that contends fracking by Encana Corporation operations …

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Judge Dismisses $2.4 million Fine Against Tesoro

A $2.4 million fine against San Antonio-based Tesoro Corp. over the deaths of 7 workers in a 2010 explosion has been dismissed by a judge in Washington state. The fine was issued by Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries following the explosion at Tesoro’s refinery in Anacortes, Washington. But the Industrial Appeals Judge, in a …

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Federal Court Gives Legal Ruling for Tribes Fighting Dakota Access Pipeline

Tribal leaders say they intend to ask federal courts to immediately shut down operations of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota following a Wednesday night court ruling in their favor. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered regulators to carry out more review of the project’s potential impacts. The pipeline, owned …

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Newspaper Says OKC Should Pay for Northern Heartland Flyer Route

If Amtrak eventually decides to extend its Heartland Flyer route northward to Wichita, Kansas—–the Tulsa World says Oklahoma City should pay for it. It was last week when Amtrak made an experimental passenger run from Oklahoma City to Kansas City. In an editorial this week, the paper’s writers pointed out how the state made a …

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