State House Votes to Continue Aerospace Tax Credit

While the Oklahoma legislature has voted to strip the wind industry of tax credits it bestowed on wind farms several years ago, the State House has okayed continuation of a $5,000 tax credit for aerospace engineers.

House Bill 1839 by Rep. Leslie Osborn (R-OKC) would cost the tax $7 million but she argued …

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Rep. Frank Lucas Attends Historic Signing of NASA Bill by President Trump

District 3 Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma) joined Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) along with legislative colleagues and NASA astronauts in the White House Oval Office on Tuesday to witness President Trump sign S.442, the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017.

“As Vice Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology …

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Pipeline Builder in North Dakota says Line is Being Attacked

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The company’s not giving details but the builder of the Dakota Access pipeline protested by Oklahoma environmentalists and Native Americans in North Dakota claims the line has been targeted with “coordinated physical attacks.”

It’s the claim in court filings where the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is still fighting the completion of …

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Air Advisory Issued for NE Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality issued an Air Quality Advisory on Tuesday for northeast Oklahoma.

Osage, Nowata, Rogers and Mayes counties were put under the advisory while several surrounding counties in the northeast and north central parts of the state were in what was described as “moderate” conditions.

The advisory means there are …

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Corporation Commission Votes to Order Refund for OGE Customers

Customers of Oklahoma Gas and Electric are due a refund in the coming weeks or months, depending on how quickly the utility acts after the Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted this week to bring an abrupt halt to a nearly $90 million interim rate charge.

Commissioners Bob Anthony and Dana Murphy voted to allow …

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CNG Workshop to be Held in OKC

A workshop on CNG vehicle and fueling options for fleets in Oklahoma is planned for March 28 in Oklahoma City.

Sponsored by the Association of Central Oklahoma Government’s Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition and Heartland Energy Options, the luncheon will be held at Heartland Energy Options, 3920 NW 39th street from 11 a.m. …

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Rep. Russell Tries Again to Kill Unused $25 billion Energy Incentive Program

A year later and Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell is trying again to get Congress to stop the government from awarding or making loans under what he considers another unnecessary program.

On Friday, he filed H.R. 1623, to repeal the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program run by the Department of Energy. The bill …

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Kansas High Court Rules Against Sierra Club in Coal-Fired Power Plant Fight

The Sierra Club has lost an attempt to stop construction of a $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant to be built in southwest Kansas. The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build the 895-megawatt unit near Holcomb, a small …

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U.S. Taxpayers Could Foot the Bill Over Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Taxpayers will likely get the bill covering $38 million in North Dakota expenses connected to several months of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.  Not just North Dakota taxpayers but U.S. taxpayers as the state seeks money from the federal government.

The company building the $3.8 billion pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners based in …

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Texas Challenges New Federal Underground Gas Storage Rules

Texas is taking on the federal government in a challenge of federal safety regulations on underground natural gas storage. Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a petition in the 5th U.S. Circuit court of Appeals contending the rules were adopted without adequate input and strip local governments of their authority.

The new rules …

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