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Environment
5:21 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Hard To Clean Up Wastewater Spills From Oil Wells Into N.D. Stream

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 6:40 am

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Business
5:07 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Demanding Higher Wages, Refinery Workers Strike Shell Oil

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 6:40 am

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Energy
4:12 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Keystone XL Pipeline Benefits U.S. And Canada, Alberta Premier Says

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 6:40 am

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:34 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Litigation And Low Prices Drill Oil Industry In Osage County

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After dipping to its lowest level in years, the price of oil may have bottomed out. Reuters reports prices rose again on Tuesday behind expectations of diminished oil supplies. That will come as welcome news, if little consolation, for oil-field service companies in Osage County hard hit by the recent downturn in the industry.

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Business
9:25 am
Tue February 3, 2015

With Oil Prices So Low, What's That Fuel Surcharge For, Exactly?

The price of jet fuel has dropped, but airlines are still adding fuel surcharges to the price of many tickets. Many other industries that use large amounts of fuel, like shipping and delivery services, have also maintained extra fuel fees.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 11:27 am

When oil prices shot up a few years ago, many transportation and delivery businesses started adding fuel surcharges to their prices.

Now, fuel prices are plunging, but lots of those surcharges still linger, and consumer advocates are crying foul.

The drop in the cost of oil is a huge factor in the airline industry, where 30 percent of all expenses are for fuel. But airlines, along with other industries with large fuel expenses, have been slow to respond with lower prices.

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Energy
9:07 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Oklahoma Moves Up To Fourth Place In U.S. Wind Capacity

A wind farm in Ellis County in western Oklahoma.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

The American Wind Energy Association says Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation for wind capacity.

The Oklahoman reports the state moved up two spots in the rankings after adding 648 megawatts of wind capacity in 2014. Oklahoma now has 3,782 megawatts of wind capacity.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:59 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Bills Filed To Stop Local Bans On Oil And Gas Production

Hundreds gathered at a public meeting in Oklahoma City to hear about an oil company's proposal to drill near Lake Hefner.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Several bills filed for the upcoming 2015 legislate session rein in the power cities and counties have to regulate drilling and oil and gas production.

The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports:

At least eight bills have been filed that would stop cities and counties from banning drilling operations, including proposals from top leaders in the House and Senate.

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Economy
7:36 am
Thu January 29, 2015

For Long-Haul Drivers, Cheap Gas Means A Sweeter Commute

Jed Brown drives 100 miles each day to work between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Cheaper gas is making his commute more manageable, but he doesn't expect the low prices to last.
Uri Berliner NPR

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 7:21 am

With wages still stuck for many Americans, the big drop in gasoline prices is the equivalent of an unexpected cash bonus for the nation's drivers.

The average American household is expected to save $750 this year from lower gas prices, according to the Energy Department.

But Thomas Kinnaman, an economist at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., says it's instructive to look beyond the word "average."

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Politics
4:17 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Obama Moves To Cement His Environmental Legacy

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 2:33 pm

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It's a good moment to remember something President Obama told us in December. The president said he'd reached a moment that was quote, "liberating."

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Middle East
3:34 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Even At $30 A Barrel, Saudis Are Still Making Money On Oil

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 5:30 pm

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