USGS to Release First-Ever Map of Induced Earthquakes

The U.S. Geological Survey will be out this week with a report and its first-ever maps showing potential ground-shaking hazards from human-induced and natural earthquakes.
It no doubt will include the induced earthquakes that have produced something …

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Rig Counts Tumble Nationally and in Oklahoma

Oil prices aren’t the only things falling this week. So are the rig counts in Oklahoma and across the U.S. according to the latest figures released by Baker Hughes Company of Houston, Texas.
Oklahoma’s count fell by three to reach 63, down from the 13…

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Pipeline Spill Leads to EPA Fine Against Williams Division in West Virginia

While Williams Cos. in Tulsa was dealing with the fallout from its merger with Energy Transfer Equity, one of its subsidiaries in West Virginia was being fined $14,440 by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA announced the fine on Wednesd…

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Fracking Fraud Leads to $1.8 million Penalty Against Texas Attorney

A nearly $1.8 million penalty has been leveled by a federal judge against Texas attorney Gregory G. Jones in a fracking and securities fraud case. Jones was charged last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission for bilking investors in two …

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Jury Awards $21 million to Missouri Woman Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

A Joplin, Missouri ball bearings manufacturer, FAG Bearings, has been ordered to pay nearly $21 million to a 27 year old woman left with permanent disabilities after being exposed to a toxic chemical.
A federal jury in Springfield reached the $20.6 mi…

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Federal Agency Fights Judge’s Ruling Against Fracking Rules

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is attempting to convince the Denver federal appeals court to overturn a decision that brought the agency’s fracking rules to a screeching halt last year in Wyoming.
It is the case where the states of Colorado, Wyomi…

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Storm Aid Denied Again by FEMA to 9 Eastern Oklahoma Counties

The Federal government has again denied aid to nine eastern Oklahoma counties hit hard by flooding and a winter storm that started the day after Christmas last year. Governor Mary Fallin received the notification this week from Federal Emergency Manage…

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ETE—Significant Reduction of Oklahoma Operations once Merger is Completed with Williams Cos.

It was an item buried on page 20 of an amended S-4 form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that rocked Tulsa and state leaders this week. If and when the merger between Williams Cos. and Energy Exchange Equity of Dallas, Texas is complet…

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Tulsa Mayor Ready to Fight to Keep Williams Cos. in Tulsa

“Stunned.” It’s what Tulsa mayor Dewey Bartlett said this week after learning that the Williams Cos. headquarters will likely be gutted once its merger is completed with Energy Transfer Equity of Dallas, Texas. And he appears ready for a fight to keep…

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Sen. Lankford—-Exceptionally Disappointed—-Over Possible Loss of Williams Cos. Jobs

The news that Energy Transfer Equity plans to move corporate headquarters to Dallas once its merger with Tulsa-based Williams Cos. is completed wasn’t well received by U.S. Senator James Lankford on Thursday.
“I’m exceptionally disappointed in Energy …

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