Fracking bans unlikely in Oklahoma, observers say

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Oklahoma cities can regulate activities within their borders, but observers say any ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state is unlikely.

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  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for July 20

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $97.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $85.50 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 11: COMPLETION Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Ritchie 2811 No....

  • Referee to hear Oklahoma drilling tax cut lawsuit

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A lawsuit that challenges a new state law that sets Oklahoma’s tax on oil and natural gas production is headed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. A Supreme Court referee is scheduled to hear oral presentations Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent. The lawsuit alleges...

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for July 29

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $98.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $86.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 10: COMPLETION Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Karen 2610 No. 1-20H...

  • Grand Canyon haze measures may close Arizona power plant

    By FELICIA FONSECA | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners of the Navajo Generating Station could either shut down one of the plant’s 750-megawatt units or reduce power generation by an equal amount by 2020.

  • Film of oil on open salt water tank kills birds, Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Several dead birds found in uncovered salt water tank in northwest Oklahoma.

  • Owls found dead, coated in liquid in Oklahoma oil field

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    FAIRVIEW — Oklahoma Wildlife and Corporation Commission officials are investigating an oil field where two owls were found coated in the liquid and others were found dead. A local newspaper reports that one of the two rescue owls has died. A couple in Fairview had been rehabilitating the owls...

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for July 26

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $98.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $86.50 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 9: COMPLETION Beaver: Chaparral Energy LLC; Trimmell No. 1H-23 Well; NW/4 NE/4 NE/4 NE/4...

  • Higher cattle prices reflect demand for beef; Natural gas prices slump

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Mild weather blunts demand for natural gas, sending prices to eight-month low

  • U.S. agency seeks input on possible Arctic lease sale

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Friday it is opening a 45-day comment period both to gather information on areas in the Beaufort Sea that have the most promising oil and gas potential, and to learn more about environmentally sensitive habitats and subsistence activities...

  • John Stancavage: Gasoline price war breaks out again at two nearby convenience stores

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    War has broken out again. For the second time in two weeks, two Tulsa convenience stores are battling over who has the cheapest local gasoline price, Tulsa World reports.

  • Oil and gas prices for July 25

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $98.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $86.50 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 8: COMPLETION Carter: XTO Energy Inc.; Dennis No. 2-21H Well; NW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4...

  • Adam Wilmoth column: Gasoline prices head down

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Despite continued unrest in the Middle East and other parts of the world, gasoline prices have plummeted over the past month, with at least five Oklahoma City metro-area retailers selling fuel for less than $3 a gallon Thursday.

  • Michigan officials require added supports beneath oil pipes at lakes

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Enbridge Energy Partners LP placed on notice following the company’s acknowledgement it was partly out of compliance with an agreement dating to 1953

  • Improving technology boosts Oklahoma's CNG market

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City entrepreneur Ron Peeler hopes that trend will continue in the market for compressed natural gas vehicles and the equipment that fills them with fuel. Peeler’s HYPRES Equipment adapted its high-pressure breathing air compressors and in 2012 began selling Smart Fill CNG, a natural gas...

  • Rural telephone companies seek funding from Oklahoma's phone fee fund

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    A reduction in support from federal programs is leading rural phone companies to tap the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund to help pay for basic phone services. Several wireless companies oppose the reimbursements made under the state’s “make-whole” law.



Energy independence, Part 1: Independence is possible, experts say

Business | Updated: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
The wealth of energy options available in the United States and the rest of North America means the continent could fulfill all of its needs in the coming years, experts say.
See the entire series: Energy Independence

Energy independence, Part 2: More U.S. oil production may limit price volatility

Business | Published: Mon, Oct 8, 2012 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
What would energy independence mean for gasoline prices, utility bills, plastics, groceries and other consumer expenses? How would domestic jobs and the potential for a stronger economy affect individuals throughout the country?
Read the entire series: Energy Independence
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Adam Wilmoth


Energy Editor

Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector.

Wilmoth holds a master's degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He's also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City's youth program, LOYAL -- Linking Oklahoma City's Young Adult Leaders.

Jay F. Marks


Energy Reporter

Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.

Paul Monies


Energy Reporter

Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and database editor for The Oklahoman. He is a native of Scotland who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.