State House Democrats Want a Statewide Vote on Increasing Tax on Oil and Gas Production

Days before the start of a special legislative session to deal with a more than $215 million budget gap, State House Democrats are suggesting a vote of the people on raising the state’s oil and gas gross production tax.

State House Democratic leader Rep. Scott Inman, a candidate for Governor says bills will be …

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Oil Firms Sued Over Sea-Level Rise in California

Some of the nation’s biggest oil companies such as ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil are among five firms sued this week by Oakland and San Francisco, California, blaming them for sea-level rise.

“Now we’re going to ensure that those responsible for the problem are held to account,” vowed Dennis Herrera, a San Francisco attorney who said they …

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Public Meeting Fight Developing Over Firing at Texas Railroad Commission

A legal fight is brewing in Texas over public meetings and it has to do with this week’s resignation of the head of the State’s Railroad Commission.

Kim Corley had been executive director since 2015 but was forced to quit this week.

E and E reports she had been called to the office of …

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OKC Airport Gets $2 million Commerce Department Grant

Oklahoma City’s getting a $2 million U.S. Commerce Department grant to increase capacity of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses to work on larger planes at the Will Rogers World Airport.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made the announcement, awarding the grant to the Oklahoma City Airport Trust. The money is through the Department’s Economic …

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Felony Trespassing Law Has Yet to Face Legal Challenge

Two and a half months after Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a felony trespassing bill, one that environmentalists called an anti-protest measure, the new law has yet to be used against anyone.

Rep. Scott Biggs (R-Chickasha) authored HB 1123 and tells OK Energy Today there has not been a legal challenge to the new …

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Edmond Electric Crew Returning After Hurricane Help in Florida

Some of the Oklahoma electric crews sent to Florida following Hurricane Irma are headed home.

Seven workers for Edmond Electric got the news this week after spending nearly 10 days on the east coast of Florida. Millions were left without electricity when the storm hit and the Edmond Electric crew of Wes Bennett, Mike …

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Tulsa Gets $14 million Federal Grant for Airport Improvements

The Tulsa International Airport has received a nearly $14 million federal grant to upgrade a major taxiway.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure and a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation announced the $13.6 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

“The safety and modernization …

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Energy Producers Alliance Calls for Hike in Oil and Gas Production Tax

The Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance has created a split in Oklahoma’s energy industry with a call to restore the gross production tax on oil and gas to 7 percent.

The group says it conducted a poll and found 67% of those questioned support “restoring the Gross Production Tax to the historical seven percent for …

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National Defense Act Includes Energy Focus and Projects in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford voted this week in support of advancing the National Defense Authorization Act, a measure that includes several aspects of energy.

“The National Defense Authorization Act is the most important bill we consider each year and upholds our constitutional responsibility of providing for the common defense,” said Sen. …

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Bridenstine Offers Views About Being NASA’s New Administrator

Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine is revealing more of his thoughts and views of how he would like to run NASA if he is confirmed as its new Administrator.

He recently completed a questionnaire submitted to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee as it prepared to hold a confirmation hearing for the Tulsa Representative. …

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