September 24, 2019 archive

Inhofe unveils his “Climate Hypocrite” awards

Vowing that he will be “serving up a dose of reality”, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is pushing back against what he calls “climate alarmists.” In a tweeted announcement, the Republican Senator who’s known for his long-standing fight against climate change supporters, vowed to recognize some of “the most notable climate hypocrites.” His first Climate Hypocrite …

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Latest earthquakes in Oklahoma were in the STACK play

Two small earthquakes that struck Saturday night in the heart of Oklahoma’s STACK play are under investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey and other authorities. The quakes each measured 3.1 in magnitude and struck less than two miles apart near Watonga. The first quake was detected at 6:38:10 and was centered 7.6 miles west-northwest of …

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Tulsa Judge rules against proposed settlement in royalty fight

A Tulsa federal judge has again stood by his decision not to allow two of 10 leaseholders to proceed with a settlement of their lawsuit that accused several energy companies of unauthorized and unlawful deductions from royalty payments. U.S. District Judge Terrence C. Kern ruled this week against some of the defendants who had been …

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Trench collapse leads to proposed OSHA fines

Close calls are routine for many construction workers around Oklahoma and the U.S. but one in Colorado recently led to proposed fines of $93,000. The Greeley Tribune reported that OSHA inspectors were on hand reviewing a construction site managed by Alamosa-based RMS Utilities, Inc. The inspectors found 3 workers in an unprotected excavation that was …

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Permian Basin group says now is not the time to tap strategic reserves

From the Permian Basin Petroleum Association: As the entire world continues to seek answers for the coordinated terrorist attacks on Saudi oil facilities over the weekend, one thing is clearer than ever, and it is just how important the Permian Basin is during these times. While not new, these terrorist attacks continue to threaten America …

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Prairie Chicken’s future at risk?

Environmentalists and conservationists have growing concerns that the lesser prairie chicken found in western Oklahoma and parts of New Mexico and Texas is facing more threats to its existence. And oil and gas exploration is getting some of the attention. Attempts to change the Endangered Species Act have spurred on their latest worries about the …

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Wyoming legislators consider new tax on electricity generation

The wind industry’s latest challenge might be developing in Wyoming where some legislators are kicking around the idea of a new tax on electricity generation. They see it as a possible means to help end Wyoming’s financial problems, according to a report in the Casper Star Tribune. Click here to read more

Gov. Stitt’s Pick for Land Office Lacks Required Degree

(from the Oklahoma Watch) Gov. Kevin Stitt’s pick to head the Commissioners of the Land Office lacks the advanced degree needed to become permanent secretary and has owned a company involved in legal disputes over oil and gas leases. The Legislature would have to change the job’s qualifications to allow acting secretary Brandt Vawter to …

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Phillips 66 pledges aid for Imelda storm victims

Phillips 66 announced it has pledged a donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross to support recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Imelda flooded the Texas coast. This donation is critical to meet the immediate needs of those displaced from their homes. “With this donation, we hope to strengthen the Red Cross’ existing network of …

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New SCOOP gas pipeline opens for business

Houston’s Candor Midstream, LLC says its SCOOP-to-North-Texas Rich Gas Gathering Pipeline System is open for commercial service. Recognizing pipeline constraints within the SCOOP, Candor purchased the system in January 2019. Candor made multiple upgrades to the pipeline system and has successfully completed comprehensive hydrostatic testing to certify its safe return to commercial service. The system …

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