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5:59 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Verdigris Valley Electricity Coop Gets $21 Million Loan From USDA

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An Oklahoma electric cooperative has received a $21 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help improve the delivery of electric power in rural areas.

The USDA announced $518 million in investments Tuesday to rural electric cooperatives in 15 states. The investments are provided by the USDA's Rural Utilities Service, which also administers programs that help bring broadband, safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment facilities for rural communities.

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Energy
9:53 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Chesapeake Energy Racketeering Case Heads To Trial

The corporate campus of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Michigan attorney general's office says Chesapeake Energy has been ordered to stand trial in a racketeering case that accuses it of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.

A probable cause hearing in the criminal case against the Oklahoma City-based company took place in August in Cheboygan District Court. Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday announced the judge's decision, which had been expected in a written opinion.

The Associated Press sent a message seeking comment from a Chesapeake spokesman.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:51 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Fallin Optimistic, But Touches On Earthquakes And Drought At Energy Conference

Gov. Mary Fallin and Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague at the Governor's Energy Conference Thursday in Oklahoma CIty.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Politicians, agency leaders and energy industry executives gathered in Oklahoma City Thursday for the Governor’s Energy Conference.

The annual event is largely promotional, but it also serves as a preview of the biggest energy policy topics for the coming year.

There were presentations on new technology that generates energy from trash, optimistic presentations on jobs and Oklahoma’s oil and gas boom, and discussions about wind turbines and crude exports.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:28 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Lawton Moves To Stricter Water Rationing As Lake Levels Continue To Drop

The dam at Lake Ellsworth in January 2014.
duggar11 Flickr Creative Commons

Last week, the city council in Duncan discussed moving to Stage 4 water rationing, which would limit outdoor watering to just one day per week. Now, officials in Lawton are instituting tougher city-wide water restrictions.

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Law
4:13 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Nebraska's Supreme Court To Hear Keystone XL Pipeline Case

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 9:58 am

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Law
3:36 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Federal Judge Decides BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 5:51 pm

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Energy
3:42 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Residents Worry Urban Drilling Will Turn Downtowns Into Oil Towns

When Dawn Gioia first received a request to lease mineral rights under her home, in a downtown neighborhood in Brighton, Colo., she thought it was a scam.
Lesley McClurg Colorado Public Radio

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 2:18 pm

Dawn Gioia lives just two blocks away from City Hall in Brighton, Colo., just north of Denver. She never expected to receive a thick envelope from Mid-Continent Energy in the mail, proposing she sell mineral rights for oil and gas drilling.

At first, she thought it was a scam.

"One of these forms asks you for all your tax information and Social Security numbers, so that was something that sort of caught me off guard," she says.

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Around the Nation
6:30 am
Wed September 3, 2014

As Airports Find New Ways To Make Money, Pittsburgh Tries Fracking

At the Pittsburgh International Airport, Consol Energy will begin extracting gas — even under the runways.
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Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 8:19 am

Pittsburgh International Airport employee Bob Mrvos jokes that you could golf in the terminals' corridors — they're that empty, especially compared with other airports he flies into in cities like Los Angeles and Chicago.

"You walk through those airports and you can barely get through the hallway there's so many people," Mrvos says. "And when you land in Pittsburgh, it's like the airport's closed."

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Around the Nation
5:17 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Netherlands King To Attend Ethanol Plant Opening In Iowa

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 7:22 am

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Energy
9:42 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Chesapeake Energy Faces Racketeering Accusations

A Michigan Judge Will Rule On Whether Chesapeake Energy Will Face Trial On Racketeering Charges.
Credit Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

A northern Michigan judge plans to issue a ruling on whether Chesapeake Energy should stand trial on racketeering charges that accuse it of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.

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