Railroad Work to Close US 81 in Chickasha on Monday

On Monday, highway U-S 81 in Chickasha will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for railroad work by Union Pacific Railroad.

The site will be just north of US 62 and traffic will be detoured on US 62 to SH-92 to SH-37.

The Transportation Department is reminding drivers to plan extra time …

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FCC Starts Reforms at Controversial Lifeline Phone Program

The Federal Communications Commission has started to reform the controversial Lifeline low-income subsidy program, a move applauded by U.S. Sen. James Lankford who had pushed for reforms for years.

The FCC voted recently 3-2 to redefine who is eligible for the additional tribal subsidy through the Lifeline Program. The project helps low-income Americans including …

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House Speaker Says Wrong Salaries Are Being Cut

The pay of the legislators who make the decisions directly affecting Oklahoma’s energy industry—–wind, coal, electricity and oil and gas—-is being cut.

And at least one legislative leader doesn’t like it. The Legislative Compensation Board voted Thursday to reduce the salaries of legislators by 8.8% effective in November 2018.

But House Speaker Charles McCall …

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Coal Mine Production Slips in Oklahoma

A new federal government report reveals U.S. coal production dropped nearly 19% in 2016 and the same decline was reflected in Oklahoma’s coal mining operations.

U.S. production dropped 18.8% year-over-year to 728.4 million short tons, the lowest annual production level since 1979.

The report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicated the number of …

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City of Mustang Forced to Approve Well Drilling in City Limits

Despite concerns of some residents, the Mustang City Council could not deny a request by Citizen Energy to drill two wells in the city limits.

As the Mustang Times reported, the council approved conditional use permits for wells near SW 59 and Frisco Road.

“State law dictates city councils cannot deny them the ability …

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American Trucking Associations Bestows Safety Awards to Groendyke Transport

Enid-based Groendyke Transport was named the recipient of two highly prestigious transportation safety awards at this year’s American Trucking Associations National Truck Safety Contest. Winners were recently announced during the ATA Safety, Security and HR National Conference in Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday.

Groendyke placed second in the Tank Truck/Line-Haul Division for the over 10 …

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Saltwater Well Fight Grows in NE Kansas

The earthquake and wastewater injection well debate is growing in northeastern Kansas.  Environmental groups are fighting a plan by a Florida company to drill two saltwater injection wells near the town of Eudora, arguing they will create the same kind of earthquakes experienced in Oklahoma.

But there’s pushback from oil and gas consultant and …

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Inhofe Uses Hearing to Continue Defending Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

While the Trump administration’s delegation got a cold reception at this week’s United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe was still defending the President’s decision to remove the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.

During a hearing by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee where he is …

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Lankford—Take Care of Tax Reform to Improve the Economy

The tax reform bill proposed by Senate Republicans has strong support from Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford who took to the Senate floor to express his thoughts.

The bill has an obvious impact on the energy industry in Oklahoma, whether it’s a push to eliminate some wind tax credits or a move affecting oil …

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Fate of Budget Bailout Bill in Hands of Oklahoma Senate

The State Senate will take up the budget bailout bill on Friday after it won approval Wednesday in the State House on a 56 to 38 vote, but not before the oil and gas industry was targeted by some Democrats with more criticism.

The plan calls for the reduction of overall state spending by …

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