Gas Purge in Pawhuska Draws Federal and State Investigators

A gas surge on the grounds of the Pawhuska school district campus resulted in the cancellation of classes for the remainder of the week.

The surge drew the attention of federal and state officials as they investigated the incident.

On hand were representatives of the EPA Region 6 office in Dallas along with the …

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Could Judgment Against Devon Energy Lead to Other Lawsuits?

I think it’ll open the doors for a lot of the vertical operators to come in and get what’s theirs.”  Oilman Andy Sheen.

 

Two days after winning what might be the first lawsuit by a vertical well operator blaming a horizontal well driller on the loss of a stripper well, Oklahoma City oilman …

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13 new STACK Wells Produced by Two Texas Firms

Two Texas-based oil and gas producers report a combination of 13 new oil wells in Oklahoma’s STACK play with the largest producing more than 1,000 barrels a day.

As reported on OK Energy Today’s Well Completion reports, Carrera Energy LLC, based in Midland, Texas brought in a well producing 1,122 Boed as well …

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Citizen Morrissette Attacks Big Oil and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Former Oklahoma House of Representatives member Richard Morrissette is no stranger at the courthouse. The south Oklahoma City attorney is vocal and often speaks his mind.

Morrissette has been a courtroom observer at the Cleveland County trial involving a Lincoln County couple who filed sued in 2014 against two oil companies alleging damages and …

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Oil and Gas Tax Collections “High Performers” in July

Tax collections on oil and gas production in Oklahoma in July once again led the way in total General Revenue Fund collections according to Preston Doerflinger, Secretary of Finance and Revenue.

The total collections in all categories met the official monthly estimate but were ahead 10.7 percent for July of 2016.

Gross production tax …

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Senator’s 2014 Dove Hunt Violated Federal Rules

An investigation has determined Tom Buchanan, member of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and general manager of a southwest Oklahoma irrigation district violated federal law 3 years ago by allowing Sen. Jim Inhofe to hold a political fundraiser on public land.

On July 17, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel ruled Buchanan, who is …

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New Chairman of Workers Compensation Commission Named by Governor

Former Tulsa Rep. Mark Liotta has been appointed chairman of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission by Gov. Mary Fallin.

He replaces Robert Gilliland whose term ends Aug. 25. Liotta has completed two years of a six-term term after being appointed by the Governor.

“Mark is aware of the critical role the Workers’ Compensation Commission …

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Lightning Strike Leaves OKC School Without Power

A suspected direct hit from lightning during a Tuesday afternoon thunderstorm in Oklahoma City led to the cancellation of classes the following day at one elementary school.

Classes were cancelled at the Telstar Elementary school because of the resulting power outage.

“OGE is currently replacing a power line to the building and have no …

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Aviation Study Reveals Large Number of Off-Airport Businesses in Oklahoma

Governor Mary Fallin and Aviation leaders continued Wednesday with announcing details and results of a nearly $500,000 economic impact study in Oklahoma.

Some details were revealed earlier in the week but on Wednesday, a third news conference was scheduled in Tulsa. Earlier announcements had been made in Oklahoma City and Enid, showing an estimated …

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New President Named at Research Institute for Economic Development

A new president of Oklahoma’s Research Institute for Economic Development has been named following the resignation of Susan Winchester to become chief-of-staff to Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

Mark Williams was named President of RIED this week following a 36-year career with ATT Oklahoma. He had served since 2010 as Director-Legislative Affairs for ATT, leading …

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