House OKs Heartland Flyer Funding Without Bridenstine’s Support

When the U.S. House on Wednesday delivered a bipartisan vote in support of $7.2 billion in subsidies for Amtrak, including its Heartland Flyer out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma congressman Jim Bridenstine said he couldn’t support it.
In a statement after…

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Spilled Rocket Fuel Leads to Ruling in Duncan Lawsuit

Oklahoma City U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange’s ruling surely has not made some north side property owners in Duncan happy in their lawsuit against Halliburton over pollution from spilled rocket fuel. The judge ruled this week against their a…

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Sen. Inhofe Could Attach Keystone to Transporation Funding

Politico reports that Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe said Tuesday that he is open to trying anything to advance the Keystone XL pipeline. Inhofe is the Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman. He has indicated that he might attach the pipeline’s…

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Cushing on the Mind of Wall Street as Oil Glut Grows

Cushing, Oklahoma, has received much attention from Wall Street analysts as crude oil supplies continue to rise. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday that inventories rose by 10.3 million barrels last week. The EIA also reported…

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Oklahoma House Set to Consider Limiting Municipal Power Over Oil and Gas

The Oklahoma House of Representatives could take up a bill on Thursday which would keep municipalities from outright banning oil and gas exploration. House Bill 2178 by Speaker Jeff Hickman was put on the House Floor calendar on Wednesday afternoon, me…

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U.S. Crude Prices Remain Above $50 on Wednesday

Saudi optimism over demand trumped increased U.S. oil supplies on Wednesday. Crude oil futures for April gained $1.01 to settle at $51.53 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent Crude for April took a dip. Prices on the London ICE Futures E…

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How Harold Hamm Hid Bakken Exploration from Others

Billionaire oilman Harold Hamm has shown he has preserverance. That’s clear from the divorce decree issued November 2014 by Oklahoma County Special Judge Howard K. Haralson, a decree that revealed perhaps more about Hamm and his operations as CEO of Co…

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EPA Director tells Inhofe–No Stays over New Clean Air Act Rules for States

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe didn’t get some of the answers he wanted Wednesday from Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency as he pushed her about the proposed 2016 Clean Air Act rules.
The chairman of the Senate…

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ConocoPhillips CEO Supports Lifting Ban on Crude Exports

ConocoPhillips Chairman and Chief Executive Officer appealed on Tuesday to Congress and the President to lift the ban on crude oil exports. CEO Ryan Lance delivered his remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
A statement from ConocoPhillips said Lanc…

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Smart Electric Meter Patent Case Takes Turn

The challenge to Smart Electric Meter Patents on behalf of Oklahoma Gas and Electric took a blow on Tuesday. The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied three Inter Partes Review requests filed by General Electric on behalf of OG&E and other utilities according to the patents holder, TransData Inc.
For several years, TransData has been suing companies like OG&E and General Electric for copyright infringement, claiming the other companies copied its wireless communication module and antenna within their version of Smart Electric Meters. Most of the cases pending in the U.S. Western District of Oklahoma Federal Court in Oklahoma City. TransData claims the denial by the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board as a victory.
“We are disappointed that General Electric and the other indemnifying meter manufacturers have refused to recognize the validity of our patents and accept liability for patent infringement despite the fact that all of the final determinations issued by Patent Office have been in TransData’s favor,” said TransData President Trace Gleibs, “We will continue to stand vigilant in protecting our intellectual property.”
General Electric and Silver Spring Networks agreed to indemnify and defend OG&E in connection with the TransData patent infringement lawsuit.
   

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