Zinke Confirmed as Interior Secretary

Former Navy Seal Ryan Zinke, a congressman from Montana was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday to be Interior Secretary. It’s the same job Gov. Mary Fallin was interviewed for by President Trump. But she apparently didn’t pass the job interview. Rep. Zinke was confirmed on a 68-31 vote and received the support of …

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Pruitt Worries About Water Grants as EPA Faces Deep Cuts

Yet to be determined—whether the Environmental Protection Agency under the control of Scott Pruitt will be slashed by 25 percent as some reports have indicated. Sounds like Pruitt himself doesn’t know for sure, telling reporters Tuesday night he plans to discuss with the White House ways to save part of his agency’s budget including state …

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What They Say About Trump’s Energy Topics in State of the Union

Conservatives saw optimism and hope in President Trump’s first State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Democrats sat on their hands.  Environmentalists remained sour to what the President wants to do with energy-related issues. Here is how E and E’s Climate Wire described one aspect of the speech: “The speech reaffirmed Trump’s desire to help …

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City of Lawton Pushes Ahead with Energy Saving Plan

The City of Lawton is moving ahead with an energy savings plan dating back to the fall of 2015. As the Lawton Constitution reports, the city council considered the Op Terra ES plan to analyze city operations to find additional energy savings. The plan will focus on technology, lighting, control and mechanical projects. Outdated chillers …

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Cleanup of Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Site Still Underway

The environmentalists who protested and demonstrated against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota left enough trash behind that they created their own environmental problem. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had to hired a Florida-based company to remove the trash and other debris left behind when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe finally abandoned the …

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Southwestern Cable Firm gets $15 million USDA Loan

Southwestern Oklahoma will get improved fiber optics under a loan announced this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Southern Plains Cable LLC. The company is receiving a $15.3 million loan to build a fiber-optic broadband network serving a 55-square mile area that includes the communities of Anadarko, Verden and Chickasha. Southern Plains Cable …

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New Mexico Considers Drone Restriction Bill

The New Mexico legislature is considering a bill to restrict drones from flying within 500 feet of power plants and refineries. The measure is to go before the Senate Public Affairs Committee this week. Senator Greg Baca’s bill would ban drones from flying with 500 feet if critical-infrastructure facilities as well as interfering with firefighters …

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Private Email for Government Business? Did Pruitt Do it?

  Scott Pruitt might have some explaining to do. During his U.S. Senate Committee confirmation hearing, he testified he used only his official email address and government issued phone to conduct official business. But that’s not what is indicated in the emails released last week in a lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and …

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Environmentalists Angry Over Trump Plans to Shift Budgets

The Trump administration’s plans to shift $54 billion from federal agencies to the Pentagon has disappointed environmentalists. Alex Taurel, deputy legislative director at the League of Conservation Voters said it will “Make America Sick Again,” using a play on Trump’s campaign slogan. She told The Hill the president’s spending plan would put “polluters first over …

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New OCC Limits Put on Arbuckle Disposal Wells

  The Oklahoma Corporation Commission came out with new limits on Arbuckle disposal wells on Friday in another move to limit the rate of earthquakes linked to the wells and lower future risks. “The data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey shows the earthquake rate has been dropping since we issued various directives reducing the then-current …

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