Energy

Environment
4:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Scientists Track Down Serious Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Wells

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:27 am

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:22 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

How Low Oil Prices Could Block An Oklahoma Tax Cut

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Gov. Mary Fallin in April 2014 signed into law a measure designed to gradually lower Oklahoma’s top income tax rate to 4.85 percent from 5.25 percent.

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Here & Now
3:53 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Gas Dips Below $2 In Oklahoma

Long lines formed after the OnCue gas station in Oklahoma City dropped its price to $1.99 a gallon. (@keatonfox/Twitter)

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 1:23 pm

Goldman Sachs estimates that Americans stand to save $75 billion from the recent drop in gasoline prices. That works out to about $1,100 a year per household.

Now, a gas station in Oklahoma City has apparently become the first in the nation to lower the price of gas below $2 a gallon since July 2010.

Yesterday, the OnCue station dropped its price from $2.11 to 1.99 for a gallon of regular gas. That prompted long lines of drivers waiting to fill up, and set off a price war with nearby competitors, who dropped their prices too.

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Energy
11:01 am
Thu December 4, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Lawsuit Against ONEOK Over Price Gouging

The ONEOK Building in downtown Tulsa.
Jordan MacDonald Wikimedia Commons

A lawsuit against an Oklahoma-based company claiming it and other natural gas companies gouged two Kansas plaintiffs is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:45 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Scrutiny Of Subsidies Could Test The Economics Of Wind Energy In Oklahoma

NextEra Renewable Energy Resources' wind farm near Elk City, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The 2015 session is still months away, but the newly elected Oklahoma Legislature has already started talking about how to divvy up roughly $7 billion in state appropriations.

Some prominent lawmakers are promising to re-examine tax credits and economic incentives worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Some of those incentives are used for wind energy, which the industry says are working.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:22 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Environmentalists: Regional Haze Ruling In Texas Means Cleaner Air In Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:51 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Corporation Commission Considering Wind Energy Regulations

A wind farm outside of Woodward in northwestern Oklahoma.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Tuesday ended its four-month inquiry into wind energy development in Oklahoma. The examination could lead to new rules, though it’s not clear what they might be or which agency would enforce them.

The commission heard from vocal landowners for and against wind farms. Developers lauded the economic potential of Oklahoma’s wind, while conservationists and Indian tribes warned that, left unchecked, turbines would kill threatened bird species and ruin delicate grasslands.

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Iraq
3:18 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Oil Deal Provides Much-Needed Revenue In Iraq

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:57 pm

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:26 am
Tue December 2, 2014

State Regulators: Stricter Ozone Standard Would Be Hard For Oklahoma To Meet

Ozone is a major contributor to smog, seen here blanketing Los Angeles.
Credit Pieter Edelman / Flickr

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for stricter ozone standards has been praised by environmentalists as a step in the right direction and derided by industry groups, which argue the rules will cost jobs and lead to higher prices for electricity and natural gas.

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Natural Gas Wells
4:14 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Oklahoma Company's Drilling Plans In Wyoming Bring Criticism

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Environmentalists are criticizing plans by an Oklahoma company to drill up to 17 natural gas wells from five well pads near the Adobe Town badlands in southwestern Wyoming.

Adobe Town is a remote maze of colorful small canyons and hoodoos resembling the better-known Badlands of South Dakota.

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