Monthly Archive: September 2017

Permits to Drill September 19, 2017


Blaine County DECELL 1411 #1-34MH, September 18 2017 34 14N 11W SWNWNWNW API: 01123859 Lat: 35.65177510623287, Long: -98.36553343659334 MARATHON OIL COMPANY HH, DR, 17843 ft, MISSISSIPPI LIME(11471)

Kingfisher County ROADRUNNER 6_7-16N-7W #1HX, September 18 2017 32 17N 7W SWSWSWSW API: 

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EPA’s Pruitt Visits Flood-Damaged Superfund Sites in Texas

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt got his first-hand look over the weekend at the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

He toured the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site on Friday and got a briefing from on-the-ground EPA response personnel. While he toured the site, an EPA dive team carried …

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Tulsa Judge Rules Against Pawnee Nation in BIA Oil Drilling Leases

Tulsa U.S. District Court Judge James Payne handed a setback this month to the Pawnee Nation in an oil and gas development fight with the Interior Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

He ruled against many of the arguments the tribe had made against BIA approved oil and gas developments it contended resulted …

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North Dakota’s Two-Year Oil Production Decline Tapering Off

In recent days we’ve heard how Continental Resources founder Harold Hamm was excited about the future of North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation and how some experts felt the play could equal that of Texas’ Permian Basin.

Now comes a report that North Dakota’s oil production has stabilized after two years of decline. The State’s …

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Kansas Chicken Farm Fight Grows Over Cries of Tyson Pollution

Amidst a fight against a proposed giant $320 million Tyson food chicken production and slaughtering hub in northeast Kansas were  cries of endangering people, the soil and water with industrial wastes.

The colorful protest held recently in Leavenworth County featured signs that declared “No Tyson! No friggin’ chickens! No kidding!”

It raised memories of …

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Denver Federal Appeals Court Hands Victory to Environmentalists Fighting Coal Leases


A Denver federal appeals court ruling has caused the Trump administration to reconsider how it approaches its review of greenhouse gas emissions in dealing with coal leases.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Bureau of Land Management had not adequately considered the emissions from four large coal leases in Wyoming’s …

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Confirmation Hearing for Scott Pruitt’s EPA General Counsel

When Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and others on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meet Wednesday, it’ll be for a confirmation hearing for the likely next general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Matt Leopold fits the mold of Scott Pruitt, the EPA Administrator who sued the Obama administration over its Clean …

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Oil and Gas Employment Remains Strong in Oklahoma

With Oklahoma’s latest rig count showing the oil and gas industry continues to remain strong, new employment figures are showing the same indication.

A report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission showed the industry, classified under Mining, showed another 500 jobs were added in August.  The July estimate had also been revised down by …

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U.S. Rig Count Slips by Eight as Oklahoma is Consistent for the Week

The latest weekly oil and gas rig count revealed a decline for the nation while Oklahoma remains unchanged from last week, according to Baker Hughes Company of Houston, Texas. Oklahoma’s count was steady in the past week to remain at 130 compared to 65 just one year ago. The nation’s rig count dropped by …

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WTI Hovers Close to $50 a Barrel at Friday’s Finish as Brent Settles Over $55

Domestic oil prices finished slightly under the $50 a barrel benchmark for Friday’s session but saw the largest weekly gain since late July, according to Bloomberg MarketWatch.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, October West Texas Intermediate crude remained at $49.89 a barrel after forging ahead of $50 a barrel earlier in the day. …

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