GE in Talks to Merge with Baker Hughes


Whether GE and its new Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Research Center will one day be in partners with Baker Hughes is one thing.,

But the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch reports the two are in talks to former a merger—-GE’s oil-and-gas business with the Houston based company.

GE is the one that …

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Groups Fighting Proposed Nuclear Waste Storage Site in West Texas


Four national and state groups are fighting a plan to consider a short-term nuclear waste storage site in west Texas.

The groups, Beyond Nuclear, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Public Citizen and Texas-based Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition want the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to terminate its review of the license application.

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Google Fiber Puts OKC Development on Hold



Google’s website still says “We’re exploring bringing Fiber to Oklahoma City.” But it’s clear Google and its parent company Alphabet have stopped development of the super fast network for Oklahoma City and several others around the country. “Going forward we’re focusing on new technology and deployment methods to make superfast internet more …

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Mark Ruffalo is Latest Hollywood Actor to Join Protesters in North Dakota


The Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota apparently has become the “protest de jour” for Hollywood.

Now actor Mark Ruffalo who considers himself an activist has joined the Native Americans and members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest of the nearly $4 billion pipeline under construction.

Ruffalo is described as a …

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Labor Commission to Honor OKC Pizza Company for its Job Creation


Just as oil and gas firms are in the slow movement of creating a few more new jobs in the state, the Oklahoma Labor Department on Friday will honor an Oklahoma City company for its creation of job opportunities.

Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston will hand out the newly-named Mark Costello Entrepreneurial Excellence …

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Legislator Wants Heartland Flyer Contract Renegotiated With Texas


One form of transportation in the state was the subject of a State Senate interim study this week at the State Capitol—Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer.

Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer asked for the study because of his concerns that Texas benefits most from the route but only pays 40% of the funding while Oklahoma contributes …

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ONEOK Fined $732,000 Over 2008 Fire in Kansas


Officials at ONEOK in Tulsa say they’re reviewing orders from a federal agency that issued a $732,000 fine over a 2008 fire at the company’s operations in Bushton, Kansas.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued three Final Orders on Wednesday with required corrective actions and civil penalties …

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Three Oklahoma Rural Electric Cooperatives Awarded Over $40 Million in USDA Federal Loans


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that three Oklahoma rural electric cooperatives will receive more than $40 million in federal loans for construction, improvement and repair projects.

A $15.7 million federal loan was awarded to the Central Rural Electric Cooperative to build or improve 34 miles of transmission and distribution line. Located …

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Devon’s Larry Nichols to be Honored by OU School of Law


He helped start Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corporation 45 years ago and now Larry Nichols will be honored by the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law.

He will be given the Eugene Kuntz Award at the annual Eugene Kuntz Conference on Natural Resources Law and Policy on Nov. 4.

Nichols, a lawyer by …

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Ground Broken on ‘Green’ Plant by Continental Carbon in Ponca City


Ground was recently broken in Ponca City for a $110 million cogeneration facility by Continental Carbon.

Dennis J. Hetu, President and CEO from Houston helped with the ceremonies.

Continental Carbon plans to construct the new facility behind its existing carbon black manufacturing plant south of Ponca City.

“This will allow the company to …

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