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Stray Gas Could Delay Pawhuska High School Classes Until Next Week

One state official suggests gas leaks might prevent the Pawhuska high school from resuming classes this week, leaks in part caused by the school system’s geo-thermal wells drilled to heat the buildings.

Kent Wilkins, Chief of Planning Management Decisions at the Oklahoma Water Resources Board says it’s possible classes won’t be allowed to start …

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BLM Shakeup Continues With Impact on Oklahoma

Three more top administrators of the Bureau of Land Management have been temporarily reassigned including one in charge of public lands in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

The move comes after the Interior Department removed three BLM state directors two months ago including New Mexico Director Amy Lueders. She and the Alaska Director Bud …

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Most Colorado Oil and Gas Complaints Are About the Noise

A review of oil and gas complaints by residents to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission shows noise is what irks them the most.

The Denver Post reports 419 complaints were filed with the commission in 2016 compared to 240 in 2010 and 252 in 2013. But the number is fast growing—704 already …

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Lawsuits Mounting against EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

State lawsuits are mounting up against Scott Pruitt and his Environmental Protection Agency, maybe reminding him of the days when he was Oklahoma Attorney General doing the same thing against the Obama administration’s EPA.

As E and E reports, more than a dozen court challenges have been filed against the EPA since Pruitt …

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Earthquake Prediction Study Gets More Media Attention

Our story earlier this month about predictions of a larger earthquake hitting Oklahoma has been picked up by Oklahoma City’s KWTV news.

The story focuses on the U.S. Geological Survey’s belief that the state has an 80% chance of experiencing a 5.0-magnitude earthquake sometime this year. Oklahoma Geological Survey Director Dr. Jeremy Boak believes the …

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SE Oklahoma Gets New Wildlife District Chief

From the Oklahoma Wildlife Department:

After serving as a supervising lieutenant for nine years, Game Warden Tom Cartwright has been promoted to Captain and Chief of District 4 in the Law Enforcement Division of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

He fills the position left by the retirement of Capt. Jimmie Henthorn. Cartwright, based …

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Calpine’s Sale Includes Oneta Energy Center in NE Oklahoma

The sale of Calpine Corporation, the nation’s largest independent power producer could have an impact on its Oklahoma operations. Calpine, based in Houston has been sold to Energy Capital Partners and a consortium of investors in a $5.6 billion cash deal.

Calpine owns and operates its Oneta Energy Center in northeast Oklahoma and under …

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Billionaire Buffett Outbid in Move to Buy Oncor in Texas

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett just got outbid in the fight to buy Texas power transmitter Oncor.

Sempra Energy, based in San Diego announced Monday morning it had bought Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash, topping Buffett’s bid of 9 billion.

Sempra will take over the reorganized Energy Future Holdings Corp, the firm that owned …

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Oil Tank Car Lawsuit Dismissed—-Settlement Reached with Feds

The railroad car maker controlled by Carl Icahn has reached a settlement of legal action with federal rail safety regulators over the production of tank cars.

Icahn, the man who tried to take over Phillips Petroleum in 1985 two years before the company left Bartlesville and moved to Houston controls American Railcar Industries Inc. …

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State to Celebrate Oklahoma Aviation day in 2018

In a year, Oklahoma will officially celebrate State and National Aviation and Aerospace Day.

Thanks to the legislature’s approval of Senate Bill 47, August 19 will be observed to celebrate the history and development of aviation and aerospace. The new law won’t take effect until Nov. 1, 2017.

Oklahoma schools will be encouraged to …

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