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New Mexico Considers Drone Restriction Bill


The New Mexico legislature is considering a bill to restrict drones from flying within 500 feet of power plants and refineries.

The measure is to go before the Senate Public Affairs Committee this week. Senator Greg Baca’s bill would ban drones from flying with 500 feet if critical-infrastructure facilities as well as interfering …

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Private Email for Government Business? Did Pruitt Do it?



Scott Pruitt might have some explaining to do. During his U.S. Senate Committee confirmation hearing, he testified he used only his official email address and government issued phone to conduct official business.

But that’s not what is indicated in the emails released last week in a lawsuit filed by the Center for …

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Environmentalists Angry Over Trump Plans to Shift Budgets


The Trump administration’s plans to shift $54 billion from federal agencies to the Pentagon has disappointed environmentalists.

Alex Taurel, deputy legislative director at the League of Conservation Voters said it will “Make America Sick Again,” using a play on Trump’s campaign slogan.

She told The Hill the president’s spending plan would put “polluters …

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New OCC Limits Put on Arbuckle Disposal Wells



The Oklahoma Corporation Commission came out with new limits on Arbuckle disposal wells on Friday in another move to limit the rate of earthquakes linked to the wells and lower future risks.

“The data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey shows the earthquake rate has been dropping since we issued various directives reducing …

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Chesapeake Continues to Unload Properties


The air of optimism expressed by the leadership at Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy might have something to do with the property unloaded by the company in the past year.

Chesapeake reported fourth quarter losses of $741 million compared to the $2.23 billion a year earlier. But CEO Doug Lawler says the company has …

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Two New Board Members at OERB


The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board announced the addition of two new board members.

David S. Ferris of Devon Energy and David Sikes of Jeroco Inc. were named to the board.

Ferris is the Development Manager of the Anadarko Basin Business Unit for Devon Energy Inc. He leads the integrated planning team in the …

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State House to Vote on Anti-Protest Bill Sparked by Dakota Access Opposition


Those Native American tribes and the Sierra Club threatening to create a possible encampment protesting construction of a Cushing to Memphis oil pipeline will have a new possible consideration courtesy of the Oklahoma legislature. The encampment would be similar to the one in North Dakota where protesters have fought construction of the Dakota …

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Burn Bans Still in Effect in 7 Counties—-It’s Still Dry!


Seven counties in the state still have burn bans in effect despite the rainfall earlier in the week.

“Yep, just as predicted…the rain didn’t exactly tamp down on the fire danger,” wrote Gary McManus, State Climatologist with the Oklahoma Mesonet. “It helped in some ways, but as we’ve explained before, the cool season …

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Earth and Water Group Establishes OKC Offices


An environmental group is establishing offices in Oklahoma City but it’s not the kind of environmental group you think it is. Don’t consider it an environmental group that battles energy groups.

The Earth and Water Group, a full-service virtual environmental solutions provider based in Washington, D.C. also named Mary Ellen Ternes as a …

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Tronox Announces $1.67 Billion Dollar Expansion Purchase


A $1.67 billion purchase of Saudi Arabia-based Cristal by Tronox Ltd will create the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide.

It means the combined company, a 2005 spinoff from Oklahoma City-based Kerr McGee Corp., will operate eleven plants in eight countries and have a total of total capacity of 1.3 million metric tons …

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