Monthly Archive: October 2017

Cherokee Nation’s Bryan Rice Wins Nod for BIA Director Post

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Tuesday that Bryan Rice has been named as the new Bureau of Indian Affairs Director, according to a departmental press release. Bryan – a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and veteran federal administrator – will lead the federal agency that coordinates government-to-government relations with …

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Permits to Drill October 18, 2017


Beaver County PHEASANT RUN #1-23, October 16 2017 23 6N 21E CN2NWSW API: 00723076 Lat: 36.971002838495494, Long: -100.7632556349357 HUNTINGTON ENERGY LLC SH, RC, 6380 ft, MORROW LOW(6010)

Blaine County MARNITA FIU #1-3-34XHM, October 16 2017 03 13N 13W SESESESW API: 

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Rep. Mullin Boasts of Rollbacks Approved by Congress

Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin admits Congress did not pass health care reform, but he pointed to $50 billion in rolled-back regulations during a speech this week at a Tulsa Regional Chamber Congressional Forum.

“If you look at the amount of legislation we’ve passed, it’s been one of the most productive sessions ever,” maintained Mullin, …

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Permian to Boost U.S. Oil Production in Second Half of 2017

The federal government is predicting that U.S. crude oil production will average 9.4 million barrels a day in the second half of 2017.

The Energy Information Administration says that’s 340,000 barrels a day more than in the first half of the year. The EIA also believes production in 2018 will average 9.9 million barrels …

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Worker Still Missing After Oil Rig Blast in Louisiana

A worker remains missing following the Sunday night explosion at an offshore rig in Louisiana.

The employee was identified as Timothy Morrison, 44 of Katy, Texas. The accident at an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain injured seven others. The cause remains under investigation.

The blast happened at the rig operated by Clovelly Oil Co. …

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STACK Produces More Wells for Newfield Exploration

In an apparent move to catch up on paperwork, Houston-based Newfield Exploration has filed 16 well completions in Oklahoma’s STACK play including two that produced more than 1,000 barrels of oil a day.

In the Oct. 13 completion reports as indicated by OK Energy Today, the company reported the Freeman well, 11 16N …

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Inhofe Applauds Pruitt’s Decision to End “Sue and Settle” Practice at EPA

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to do away with the practice of “sue and settle” at the agency draws the support of Sen. Jim Inhofe.

“I am pleased with Administrator Pruitt’s memorandum today effectively ending the ‘sue and settle’ practice at the Environmental Protection Agency,” said the senator in a statement. “For the past …

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Worker’s Death Shuts Down Covington Solar Plant Jobsite in Garfield County

A Garfield County jobsite was shut down Monday morning after the death of a contractor, according to a news report by KWTV-9.

The incident occurred around 10:00 a.m. when the worker became pinned underneath a trenching machine. The site is located near Longhorn Trail and Highway 74.

The 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant at …

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Bryan County Propane Tank Explosion Injures Three, Levels Home


Three people were injured in a fiery home explosion in Bryan County on Monday morning, according to a news report by KWTV-9.

The residence exploded about 8:30 a.m. in Mead, a southern Oklahoma community located about seven miles west of Durant.

Bryan County investigators suspect that ignition of a propane tank is the …

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WTI, Brent Crude Rise on Monday as Tensions Mount in the Middle East

Oil prices settled higher on Monday as increased tensions in the Middle East raised concerns over global crude supplies, according to Bloomberg MarketWatch.

November West Texas Intermediate crude climbed by 42 cents, or 0.8%, to settle at $51.87 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

December Brent crude, the global benchmark, gained 65 cents, …

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