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Missouri regulators reject massive Midwest wind power line

Jefferson City, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states, delivering a significant setback to developers of one of the nation's longest...

 

Oklahoma attorney general seeks to dismiss preapproval case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has requested that state regulators dismiss a preapproval case for a utility that wants to build a $4.5 billion wind farm. The motion against the Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's Wind Catcher...

 

Texas officials looks at power grid's reliability

HOUSTON (AP) — Some electricity companies in Texas are planning to put less money into maintaining and modernizing plants, causing some officials to worry about energy reliability in the state. Electricity companies are seeing less profit as other...

 

Task force to study Oklahoma Corporation Commission

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed a task force to study the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's processes, staffing and funding. The Oklahoman reports that Michael Teague, the state's secretary of energy and environment, will lead...

 

West Texas water pipeline to oilfield gets approval

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — A 60-mile (96.56-million kilometer) pipeline intended to carry 5.4 million gallons (20.44 million liters) of water daily from a West Texas desert aquifer to the Permian Basin oilfield has won approval despite objections of...

 

Oklahoma utility company seeks to qualify for tax credits

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A $4.5 billion wind farm and transmission line project is awaiting Oklahoma regulators' approval to fully qualify for federal tax credits for renewable energy. The Oklahoman reports that Public Service Co. of Oklahoma and a...

 
 By Collin Eaton    Regional    July 30, 2017

Some West Texas oil field workers acknowledge drug use

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Eddy Lozoya never failed a drug test in the three years he hauled water and sand across the West Texas oil patch, even though he used at least $200 a day in cocaine to keep his eyes open on brutally long days behind the wheel...

 

Top oil companies join firms opposing Texas 'bathroom bill'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 50 Houston business leaders, including the heads of some of the nation's top oil companies, are opposing a Texas "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people — adding to an already long list of powerful and...

 

$4.5B Oklahoma wind farm to supply power in 4 states

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two utilities that supply power to customers in four states say they plan to buy what is being billed as the largest wind farm in the U.S. once the $4.5 billion project is completed in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The Oklahoman...

 

Gulf Coast wind farms become essential for Texas wind energy

HOUSTON (AP) — Wind farms on the Gulf Coast are becoming important contributors to wind energy in Texas. Although the generating capacity and wind speeds on the Gulf are lower than those on west Texas wind farms, Gulf wind is more reliable during...

 

EPA requests the closure of 7 well sites in Oklahoma

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has requested oil producers stop injecting wastewater in seven well sites in northeast Oklahoma to halt saltwater contamination in the area. The EPA's request comes nearly a year...

 

Energy industry wants to brighten solar market

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Energy business owners, industry observers and environmentalists said they're optimistic an interim study will help advance an underused resource in the state. The legislative request to examine the economic benefit of solar...

 

Energy industry wants to brighten solar market

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Energy business owners, industry observers and environmentalists said they're optimistic an interim study will help advance an underused resource in the state. The legislative request to examine the economic benefit of solar...

 

Lawsuits claim Texas loopholes allow illegal air emissions

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An environmental group is attempting to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten Texas air pollution control permits that it says have loopholes that allow for illegal emissions, according to five federal...

 

Oil pipeline rupture in Texas spills 1,200 barrels of crude

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Authorities say about 50,000 gallons (189,000 liters) of crude oil spilled after a contractor accidentally cut an underground pipeline in Central Texas. A spokesman for Magellan Midstream Partners, Bruce Heine (hyn), says the...

 

Oklahoma lawmakers to discuss medical marijuana policies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who is holding an interim study on a ballot question that would legalize medical marijuana wants to discuss what policies the state would implement if the initiative passes. Republican Rep. John Paul...

 

Arkansas energy company seeks nearly 4 percent rate increase

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas energy company is seeking a nearly 4 percent increase in its residential rates from the Arkansas Public Service Commission. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2u5jvy6 ) reports that Entergy Arkansas...

 
 By Warren Vieth    Regional    July 9, 2017

Oklahoma Watch Study: Oil, gas production plummets before taxes rise

An Oklahoma Watch analysis of more than 3,000 horizontal wells shows that more than half of a typical well's projected lifetime oil and gas production will occur during its first three years, when it...

 

Oklahoma utility raises rates due to higher gas prices

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some Oklahoma residents will see more expensive gas and electric bills this month due to higher natural gas prices and grid congestion costs related to wind generation in the region. The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2sVj2Kn )...

 

Agency: Oklahoma wind farms affect military flight training

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An official of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission says the increase of wind farms in the state is hurting military flight training. Last session, lawmakers put a bill on hold that would have required wind farms to acquire a...

 

Houston business owners upbeat about oil economy outlook

HOUSTON (AP) — It was still before 11:30, but a steady stream of office workers in starched shirts lined up at Peli Peli Kitchen, a fast-casual South African restaurant in the heart of the Energy Corridor. The Houston Chronicle reports the heavy...

 

New Mexico collects $65M from monthly lease sales in FY17

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Land Office has collected more than $654,000 from its most recent monthly oil and gas lease sale, bringing the total for the fiscal year to more than $65 million. Agency officials say that is almost double last...

 

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...

 

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