Monthly Archive: November 2014

Sierra Club in Oklahoma Praises New EPA Smog Standards

Members of the Sierra Club in Oklahoma are applauding the proposed new ozone standards coming from the Environmental Protection Agency.
One of them is Barbara VanHanken, chair of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Club.
“As an asthmatic and resident of Tulsa, I will be able to breathe easier knowing that the Environmental Protection Agency is stepping up to keep our air clean,” said VanHanken in a statement issued after the EPA’s announcement. “From damaged crops to missed school and work days, there is not one resident in Oklahoma not affected by smog pollution.”
She said the updated smog standards will save lives, reduce hospitalizations and reduce the number of asthma attacks by children. But VanHanken was also pointed in directing her criticism of what she called polluters.
“The EPA has raised the mantle of putting people before Oklahoma’s biggest polluters, holding OG&E and others accountable for what they expose our commmunities to,” charged the Sierra Club official. She said the EPA move to lower the current smog pollution standard from 75 parts per billion to between 65 and 70 parts per billion is a tremendous step in putting the health of children above polluters.
“We hope the EPA takes another one and places the final standard at 60 ppb come October of 2015. Big polluters have already started to mobilize a response and their political allies have vowed to prevent these standards from being implemented.”
VanHanken said state leaders need to stand up for Oklahoma families by coming out in support of the EPA’s smog standards and voting against any attempt to block them.

   

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Inhofe to Fight new EPA Ozone Standards

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe is promising a rigorous oversight of the new ozone standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, stating that if the standards are adopted, they would lower the nation’s economic competitiveness and stifle …

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Today’s Best Oklahoma Oil Wells Pale in Comparison to OKC’s Gushers 86 Years Ago

Those Oklahoma landowners who get excited about oil wells that produce 1,000 to 1,500 barrels of oil a day should take a look back in history and consider what the wells in Oklahoma City’s oil boom produced on a daily basis.
A thousand barrels a day i…

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Denton Fracking Ban Takes Effect Tuesday

When voters in Denton, Texas approved a ban on fracking making their city the first in the Lone Star state to take such an action, it resulted in an immediate lawsuit by oil and gas operators.
The lawsuit was filed by the Texas Oil and Gas Association…

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NGL Subsidiary Reaches Agreement Over Construction of Colorado Pipeline

A subsidiary of NGL Energy Partners LP of Tulsa, Grand Mesa Pipeline LLC has entered into agreements with Rimrock Midstream to construct and operate the Grand Mesa Pipeline in Colorado. The system will include nearly 550 miles of new crude oil transpo…

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Completion reports Nov 27 2014

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Permits to drill Nov 27 2014

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Chesapeake Loses Appeals Court Decision

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy lost a New York federal appeals court decision this week in which the judges said the firm had no right to redeem $1.3 billion in notes early at a favorable price. In short, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals r…

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EPA Administrator Wants Tougher Ozone Standards

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, is calling for tougher ozone standards to be enforced by her agency. It’s what she wrote this week in a column for CNN Money.
“I am proposing to update national ozone pollution standards …

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World Energy Outlook Issued by International Energy Agency

World energy demand is growing and according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2014, there is a growing risk that the globe’s current events will distract decision makers from recognizing and tackling the longer-term signs of st…

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