December 2018 archive

Oklahoma records another drop in strong earthquakes in 2018

For a third straight year, the number of strong earthquakes in Oklahoma declined.  But State seismologist Jake Walter is only cautiously optimistic. He pointed out in a recent interview with the Tulsa World that the state’s quake frequency is still far above the historical average of only two or three magnitude 3.0s a year. For …

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OCC to start work on 2019 business matters

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission starts 2019 with a regular meeting on Wednesday. The meeting includes consideration of proposed or potential orders in cases on the daily signing agenda docket. Commissioners will also hold an information discussion of preparation for the upcoming legislative session that begins in February. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. in Room …

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Appeals Court rules against Colorado energy staffing firm

A Colorado based Energy staffing firm that sued two former employees and one of its competitors has failed to get a win in the Denver Federal Appeals Court. The Tenth U.S. District Court has ruled against DTC Energy Group, Inc. based in Westminster, Colorado. The firm sued Ally Consulting, LLC and two former DTC employees, …

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Senator Warren shores up possible Presidential bid with naming of staffer with energy expertise

Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has chosen a new chief of staff—-one familiar with energy. Anne Reid was a top Democratic staffer on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee where Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin is a member. Environmentalists see it as a move by Warren to boost her green credentials in a possible …

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Spanish company starts work on its second wind farm in Texas

The Spanish energy company Acciona Energia has started construction on a $200 million wind farm in far south Texas near the border city of Brownsville. Palmas Altas is the company’s second wind farm in Texas and will have a capacity of nearly 145 megawatts produced from 46 wind turbines. It will also be the firm’s …

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Wind farm opposition grows in North Dakota

To those who live on the East and West Coasts, wind energy is their environmental god. But in the heart of the U.S. where the wind farms are located, there is growing resentment. The question arises—-should rural America have a say about massive wind farms that obliterate their view of natural hills and prairie? It’s …

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Pipeline system falls under criminal investigation

Even as Energy Transfer LP of Dallas announced the opening of a new Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, it’s original Mariner system came under criminal investigation. A county prosecutor in Pennsylvania opened the probe into construction on the three natural gas liquids pipelines after they caused sinkholes …

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Chesapeake Energy issues redemption call for notes

Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City has issued a call for redemption in full of more than $900,000 in outstanding Senior notes due 2038. The call is to redeem in full on Jan. 28,2019 all of the outstanding 2.25% Contingent Convertible senior Notes of which there are $923,000 outstanding. The company said the notes are called …

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Nonprofit group uses Pruitt’s resignation to raise money

When Scott Pruitt resigned as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, one environmental group not only was elated but took credit for forcing him out of office. Now it’s using Pruitt’s resignation in an effort to raise money. The Environmental Integrity Project, lead by Executive Director Eric Schaeffer is using Pruitt’s departure and what led …

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Happy New Year from OK Energy Today!

We’ll take New Year’s Day off but will return Wednesday with more energy news.