July 8, 2024 archive

Scott Mitchell Talks Energy with Jerry Bohnen as they discuss Devon $5 billion new acquisition

Devon Energy’s $5 billion purchase of more holdings in the Williston Basin, Senate Democrats probe Chesapeake Energy and Continental Resources and how OG&E defended its $10 a month hike to residential customers. They were discussed at length on the latest Scott Mitchell Talks Energy podcast with Jerry Bohnen. Click below to view.

Dispute leads to ZOOM unavailability for Corporation Commission meetings

  A dispute involving a vendor who provides ZOOM service for meetings of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has resulted in the public no longer being able to access and view live meetings of the commission. An announcement Monday afternoon described it this way: “Due to a vendor contract dispute beyond the control of the Oklahoma …

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Beryl sent crude prices falling on Monday

    Crude oil prices hit a one-week low in Monday’s trading, falling about 1% for the day. The slide came as Hurricane Beryl hit Houston and forced the shutdown of U.S. refineries and ports along the Gulf of Mexico. At the same time, prices fell as some clung to the prospects of a ceasefire …

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Explosion at Grady County pulling unit injures 3 workers

(photo from News 9 live coverage)   A pulling unit or workover rig at an oil well site in Grady County exploded and caught fire Monday afternoon and sent three workers to the hospital. Not many details are known but the well site is near the town of Bradley and on County Street 2990 near …

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Accounting specialist says Corporation Commission audits of utility storm spending don’t comply with state law

  A longtime honored and recognized accountant lent support Monday to Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony’s criticism of the 2021 winter storm audit of spending by utilities that later used securitization bonds to extend their expenses to ratepayers for up to more than 25 years. David Greenwell, a former chairman of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board, …

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Hurricane Beryl to bring more drought relief to Oklahoma

  After knocking out power to nearly two million residents near Houston, Texas, Hurricane Beryl is expected to brush far southeast Oklahoma. While it won’t be packing 75-80 mph winds at that point, the rainfall will be welcomed. As Oklahoma Climatologist Gary McManus wrote Monday, “it should still provide ample rainfall to just about the last …

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Update scheduled for $1.2 billion in broadband funding in Oklahoma

  Oklahoma’s Broadband Office will give an update Tuesday on the status of its $1.2 billion 5-year spending program to expand broadband service to all rural areas of the state. The Oklahoma Broadband Governing Board will meet at 10 a.m. Below is the published agenda: 1. Call to Order, Welcome, and Determination of a Quorum …

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OKC’s late June storm damage to property totaled $7.4 million

   Oklahoma County Assessor personnel were in the field June 26th to determine property damage after severe storms on June 25th caused serious wind damage in Oklahoma City.  In three locations in Oklahoma County, $7.4 million in damage resulted from the wind event.  That translates to an estimated $100,600 reduction in property taxes.      The Assessor’s office …

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Conservative group attacks credibility of ESG study in Oklahoma

  A Washington, D.C. based conservative group, the American Accountability Foundation, has come out attacking the credibility of the University of Central Oklahoma professor whose recent study of the state’s energy discrimination act was used in criticizing the enforcement of the measure. The Foundation, using the Open Records Act in Oklahoma, obtained an email sent …

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Odd/Even watering system still in effect in OKC

    Oklahoma City’s Utilities Department says it has not eliminated the odd/even watering schedule as hot summer weather returns in the next several days. The odd/even schedule is “permanent,” according to an announcement made Monday by the department. And it is to be followed yearlong. Customers whose property address ends in an odd number …

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