Turnpike Fees to Go Up 12% on March 1st


Get ready to shell out more money to take a drive down any of the Oklahoma turnpikes. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s move to increase fees takes effect March 1 as the rates go up 12 percent.

It means a drive from Oklahoma City to Tulsa will go from $4 to $4.50. Pikepass users …

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Pruitt Addresses EPA With Message of Being Open and Working With States



In his first address to the thousands of people who work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, new Administrator Scott Pruitt delivered a message of what he expects of them.

Smiling and holding an EPA baseball cap given to him during his introduction to workers gathered at EPA headquarters, Pruitt again stressed …

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NARO to Hold STACK Town-Hall Meeting


The National Association of Royal Owners is planning a STACK town hall meeting Thursday night to educate landowners about leases as the oil play gains widespread interest among oil and gas explorers.

The meeting will be held at the Canadian Valley Technology Center located on old highway 66 midway between El Reno and Yukon.

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Pennsylvania Points to Minor Earthquakes Linked to Fracking


While Oklahoma has attracted most of the interest nationally regarding connections between earthquakes and wastewater injection wells, experts in Pennsylvania claim to have found a similar connection.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection contends the hydraulic fracturing operations have caused low-level earthquakes in the state. The minor earthquakes occurred last April in Lawrence …

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Attorneys Think They Have Found a Significant Memo in Fighting Dakota Access Pipeline



Environmentalists and members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who are fighting the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline think they have something that could stop construction.

It’s an overlooked memo from the top lawyer in the Obama administration’s Interior Department. Written by Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins, the 35-page memo outlined reasons …

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Mike Hunter Replaces Scott Pruitt as Oklahoma’s Attorney General

Mike Hunter

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has appointed Secretary of State Mike Hunter to succeed Scott Pruitt as the state’s next attorney general, according to a news report by The Oklahoman.

Pruitt was confirmed last week to become the new Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

Hunter was named Oklahoma’s first assistant attorney general in June 2015, …

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Oklahoma Average Gasoline Prices Dropped Slightly in Past Week


While there are indications that gasoline prices in Oklahoma and elsewhere across the country could possibly climb by the time Memorial Day arrives, prices have slipped slightly in the past week.

GasBuddy.com reports Oklahoma’s new average is $2.06 a gallon, a drop of 3 cents over the last several days. The national average …

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Proving Grounds Named to Test Self-Driving Cars


Texas and Iowa are among ten sites chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to be proving grounds for self-driving cars or vehicles.

The government calls them “automated vehicle technologies” where the proving grounds will “foster innovations that can safely transform personal and commercial mobility, expand capacity, and open new doors to disadvantaged …

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Original Earthquake Lawyer Warns Law Firms to Back Off His Clients


The attorney who filed the first lawsuit accusing energy companies of causing damaging earthquakes in Oklahoma is telling other law firms—-back off!

Scott Poynter of the Poynter Law Group based in Little Rock, Arkansas sent letters Feb. 17 to six law firms telling them to stop contacting his clients.

“My clients have been …

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Who Will Replace Pruitt as Attorney General?


Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has yet another significant appointment to make in her administration. After the controversial appointment of a new State Supreme Court Justice, she now has to name someone to replace Scott Pruitt as Attorney General following his confirmation to head the EPA.

“Scott Pruitt will do a great job as …

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