August 13, 2022 archive

Oil and gas exploration leads to new wells in Oklahoma

  From Kingfisher to Garvin to Carter County in Oklahoma, several large producers have been reported by energy companies. Continental Resources Inc. completed a Carter County well with production of 1,099 barrels of oil a day and 160 Mcf of natural gas. Drilled at 6 2S 3W, four miles southwest of Ratliff City, the Catskills 1-1-12xhm was …

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Brigham Minerals might merge after sale of Oklahoma assets

  After Brigham Minerals acquired holdings in Oklahoma in February, then disposing of it in recent weeks, the Austin-based company is reported to be exploring options that include a sale or even a merger. But Brigham CEO Rob Roosa isn’t discussing it, telling those attending an earnings call he wouldn’t comment on “rumors or speculation.” …

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ONEOK names Senior V-P for Communications

  ONEOK Inc. announced the appointment of J. Darren Wallis as the company’s Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Relations. The announcement said Wallis will report directly to ONEOK President and Executive Officer Pierce H. Norton II. Before Joining ONEOK, Wallis was vice president of communications for the North American Region of Crop Science, …

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Oklahoma Energy Secretary resigns after 4 years

  Governor Kevin Stitt on Monday plans to announce his selection for a new Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment after Ken Wagner said he plans to leave the office effective September 3. The governor announced Wagner’s resignation on Friday and said he would have a new appointment by Monday. “Ken has been an invaluable …

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Wyoming pipeline break spills diesel fuel

  In eastern Wyoming, cleanup work is still underway from a late-July diesel pipeline break that resulted in more than 45,000 gallons of fuel spilled onto the land. The Associated Press reports the line is owned by a company that is being sued by federal prosecutors over previous spills in two other states. Click here …

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BLM pauses Colorado oil and gas leases to protect grouse

  In order to protect an endangered species of sage grouse in southwestern Colorado, the government is pausing oil and gas leasing on more than 2 million acres of public land. Reuters reported the decision by the Bureau of Land Management came after environmental groups claimed the current management plan failed to consider climate impacts. …

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Another earthquake strikes Permian Basin

  The latest West Texas and southeast New Mexico earthquakes linked to deep wastewater wells were in the strong 4-plus magnitude range. It was last Thursday when a 4.7 magnitude quake was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey about 34 miles south of Whites City in New Mexico. More than a thousand earthquakes have been …

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Report claims New Mexico’s oil region leads nation in low-producing and high polluting wells

  New Mexico might be one of the highest-oil producing states in the country, behind Texas, but a new report says its share of the Permian Basin also contains the most marginal or “stripper” wells. They also produce some of the highest amounts of pollution. Click here for Carlsbad Current-Argus