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Texas oil company opens regional headquarters in New Mexico

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Texas-based oil company has opened a new regional headquarters in southeastern New Mexico as activity in the Permian Basin heats up. Officials with Mewbourne Oil say the new office represents the company's commitment to the...

 

Companies pay more than $1M to drill on Oklahoma land

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two oil and gas companies have each paid more than $1 million for the right to drill on state-owned land in Oklahoma, the highest payouts for the state since at least 2011. Paloma Partners IV, an operation by Houston-based...

 

Land commissioner halts oil and gas related well easements

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Oil and gas companies need water to drill and produce, but State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has taken action to cut back usage of fresh water from the Ogallala aquifer, which is a source of drinking water serving Hobbs and...

 

Settlement reached in Arkansas oil spill case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Exxon Mobil has settled a lawsuit over a 2013 pipeline spill that dumped tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into an Arkansas neighborhood. Attorneys representing 64 families announced the settlement Thursday. They...

 

Retail gasoline prices in Texas, nationwide down this week

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and the rest of the country have declined this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the statewide price at the pump slipped a nickel to average $2.14 per gallon. Nationwide retail gasoline...

 
 By Adam Wilmoth    Regional    June 11, 2017

Oilfield activity sparks Oklahoma area benefits

KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) — Recreational vehicle park owner Anna States has had a full lot for about a year and a half, but it's what lies beneath her land just north of Kingfisher that promises to turn her fortunes. States' Sleepee Hollo RV park...

 

US rig count rises this week to 927; Oklahoma gains 5

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 11 this week to 927. A year ago, just 414 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 741 rigs sought oil and 185...

 

Coal-fired power plant in southeast Kansas to be demolished

RIVERTON, Kan. (AP) — Empire District Electric Co. plans to demolish its coal-fired power plant near Riverton, Kansas, sometime this month. The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/2rdEtW0 ) the company isn't announcing the date of the demolition...

 

Oklahoma, Arkansas gas prices among the lowest in the nation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Motorists in Oklahoma and Arkansas are enjoying some of the lowest gas prices in the nation. AAA said Monday that the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is $2.09 in Oklahoma — lowest in the seven-state region and...

 

Oklahoma geothermal group lobbies to reinstate tax credit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Geothermal Exchange Organization is lobbying to reinstate a tax credit for homeowners after geothermal companies saw a decline in residential customers last year. The Journal Record (http://bit.ly/2rfsk6d ) reports the 30...

 

Agency monitoring effects of drilling on West Texas springs

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has embarked on an environmental study to monitor the effects of oil and gas drilling on the springs that feed a famous pool at Balmorhea State Park in West Texas. Brent Leisure, the state...

 

Corporation commission rejects utilities' plea for more time

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Corporation Commission won't allow Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy extra time to renegotiate a new merger. After the commission in April rejected the proposed merger, the two companies filed a petition asking...

 

Gas pipeline to be installed site of 2015 rift in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A new pipeline to carry natural gas is set to be installed under the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock, close to the site where a similar pipeline ruptured about two years ago. The 3,100-foot...

 

Tribes in US, Canada unite against Keystone XL oil pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tribes representing tens of thousands of indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada will be signing a declaration against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline. Leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Canada and the Great Sioux...

 

US appeals court dismisses suit against Arkansas pipeline

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that dismissed and decertified a class-action lawsuit against oil giant Exxon Mobil. The lawsuit was filed by four property owners in central Arkansas after the 2013 rupture of...

 

Texas oil storage tank fire forces evacuations, nobody hurt

BEACH CITY, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a fire at a crude oil tank farm near Houston led to the evacuation of about 100 homes but nobody was hurt and the order was lifted by dawn. The Chambers County Sheriff's Office says the fire broke out...

 

New Mexico county puts worker camps on hold after criticism

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Some residents in southeastern New Mexico are concerned that things could be changing for their otherwise quiet neighborhoods as the latest encampment designed to house transient workers from the oil and gas boom nears develop...

 

Shutdown possible of oil producers near Oklahoma creek

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency administrator says three oil producers may be asked to temporarily shut down near an Oklahoma creek contaminated with saltwater. EPA administrator Sam Coleman told the Tulsa World...

 

Kansas wind power takes off, expected to continue growing

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — New wind farms brought online this year or planned for later this year will quadruple the amount of wind generation in Kansas in just six years, placing the state behind only Texas, Oklahoma, California and Iowa in producing...

 

Devon Energy to sell $1 billion in assets

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Devon Energy Corp. plans to sell off $1 billion worth of assets to focus more on drilling in Oklahoma, west Texas and New Mexico. The company said on Tuesday that the sales are expected to be completed during the next 18...

 

Wastewater injection well application triggers opposition

BURDICK, Kan. (AP) — An application to inject wastewater from oil and natural gas operations into a well in an area of east-central Kansas that is near a fault zone and national park is garnering opposition. Some of the critics gathered this week...

 

Prominent powwow set to begin in wake of pipeline protests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of North America's most prominent powwows is set to begin in New Mexico in the wake of pipeline protests in North Dakota that became a historic display of Native American solidarity. The Gathering of Nations is one of t...

 

Cleanup continues at site of 19,000-gallon oil spill

A Houston-based pipeline company continued cleanup Tuesday at the site of a nearly 19,000 gallon oil spill in northwest Oklahoma that threatened a local water supply over the weekend. Crews from Plains All American Pipeline were at the site in rural...

 

Oklahoma schools beset by high principal turnover

Community members gathered in the cafeteria of Tulsa’s McLain High School on March 28 for a forum on the district’s search for a new principal for the school. For decades, principals have come and gone at Tulsa’s McLain High School so...

 

New Mexico earns $4M in latest oil and gas lease sale

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The latest oil and gas lease sale has netted nearly $4 million for public schools and other beneficiaries. The State Land Office said this month's sale attracted two dozen bidders from six states. Up for auction were 35...

 

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