Widow Settles Federal Lawsuit Over Oilfield Workers Death in Oklahoma

The wrongful death lawsuit against XTO and Exxon Mobil in Oklahoma City federal court was settled on Thursday.  But terms of the agreement in the suit brought by the widow of an oilfield worker who died while tank gauging near Ardmore in 2014 were not disclosed.

“The parties have reached a confidential settlement without …

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Hamm Slams EIA for “Exaggerated’ Oil Production Prediction

Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm isn’t afraid to say it…he thinks the government’s optimistic predictions of more than 1 million new barrels of oil a day in the U.S. production is “distorting” global crude prices.

It’s what he told Bloomberg News, saying  the prediction this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration is …

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Kansas Regulators Allow Utilities to Set Rates for Self-Produced Energy in Homes

Kansans who rely on self-generated electricity from wind and solar energy aren’t happy over a Kansas Corporation Commission ruling this week.

The KCC issued an order detailing how utility companies can charge customers for what is known in the industry as “distributed generation,” meaning those customers who self-produce energy in small amounts according to …

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Victim’s Family Wins Appeals in Negligence Suit

A Texas appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that said National Oilwell Varco and an independent trucking company were not responsible for a fatal car crash that occurred when the vehicle slid on oil mud covering a highway.

Varco had employed Big Red trucking to haul mud from a drill site near …

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Groups Sue Feds Over Burying Beetle in Oklahoma

Energy and some non-profit groups have filed suit in Muskogee federal court against the federal government for failing to remove the American burying beetle from the endangered species list.

The lawsuit filed Thursday was in the U.S. Eastern District Court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service against the Department of the Interior, Interior …

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Denver Federal Appeals Court Tosses Challenge to Fracking Rules

The Denver federal appeals court has decided it will not rule on a legal challenge by energy groups to tougher fracking regulations on federal and Native American land created in the Obama administration.

The U.S. 10th Circuit decided there won’t be a ruling because President Trump issued an executive order rescinding the rules adopted …

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Tyson Puts $320 million Chicken Plant on Hold in NE Kansas

After thousands protested last week against a planned $320 million super chicken farming operation in northeast Kansas, Tyson Foods has put the project on hold.

Tyson poultry president Doug Ramsey notified the city of Tonganoxie this week, “We’d still like to get to know each other, however, after Monday’s reversal of support by the …

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Pipeline Groups Support Senator Inhofe’s FERC Bill

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe joined with Maine’s Sen. Angus King this week in introducing a bill designed to streamline the permitting process for interstate projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

They call it the Coordinating Interagency Review of Natural Gas Infrastructure act of 2017.

“For too long, the natural gas pipeline permitting …

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Company Denies Claims of Lawsuit Over Oilfield Worker’s Death

A lawsuit filed over the death of an oilfield worker near Ardmore three years ago continued Thursday in Oklahoma City federal court as one of the firms blamed the worker’s health and not workings conditions.

Cynthia Simpson maintains her husband, David Simpson was overcome by potentially deadly fumes as he was tank gauging on …

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Grain Belt Express Company Hires Former Missouri Governor for Legal Battle

The company wanting to built a 780-mile long transmission line to carry western Kansas wind power to Illinois and Indiana has hired former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in its fight with regulators.

The $2.8 billion Grain Belt Express line is the proposal of Clean Line, a Houston, Texas based company that’s run into a fight …

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