State energy conference is set
Leading energy industry officials and key policymakers will headline the Governor's Energy Conference on Oct. 4, Gov. Mary Fallin announced last week. The conference, which is presented by the office of the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Oklahoma City University's Meinders School of Business, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cox Center. It will feature Fallin, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Devon Energy Corp. CEO John Richels, Continental Resources Inc. CEO Harold Hamm and others. “States like Oklahoma are leading the way when it comes to energy policy,” Fallin said. “This conference brings together industry leaders as well as key policy makers to discuss the future of American-made energy and the path forward to energy independence.” Registration is $150 per person. For more information, contact Melissa Cory at 208-5540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy workshop includes tour
Rural landowners can learn about wind energy development Oct. 6 in a workshop at Canadian Valley Technology Center in El Reno. The workshop, which is sponsored by Oklahoma State University and the National Agricultural Law Center, is geared toward landowners who may be approached by wind developers. “We want to provide landowners an opportunity to learn the basics of the electrical industry and how wind energy fits into that,” OSU professor Shannon Ferrell said. “We also want them to learn what it takes for the landowners and the developers to have a successful wind energy project and to help landowners make informed decisions when entering into a wind energy lease.” The daylong workshop will include a bus tour of a nearby wind farm, with lunch provided by NextEra Energy Resources. The workshop is free, but participants are asked to register in advance with the Canadian County OSU Cooperative Extension office. To register, call 262-0155.
WPX gives $140,000 to N.D. program
TULSA — WPX Energy Inc. is issuing $140,000 in grants for youth programs and an affordable housing initiative on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The reservation is home to the Three Affiliated Tribes. “Supporting worthy causes and engaging with our stakeholders is part of who we are,” said Bill Stenzel, WPX's vice president for the Bakken region. “As we've worked and talked and met with tribal leaders, we've consistently heard that these things are critical for families and children. We're very active in the Bakken Shale as an operator, and we want to be a difference-maker civically, too. We're embracing what we can do to support the quality of life.” WPX began operating in North Dakota in 2010. It holds about 86,000 net acres in the Bakken and Three Forks oil shales.
Williams Cos. hires consultant
TULSA — The Williams Cos. Inc. has signed a consulting agreement with former executive Phillip D. Wright, according to a regulatory filing. Wright, the company's former vice president of corporate development, retired from Williams on April 1. Wright will provide consulting services to Williams through April 2014. The company, which released Wright from noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, will pay him $500,000 during the consultation period.
Drilling starts in Logan County
Osage Exploration and Development Inc. has begun drilling its fourth horizontal well in Logan County, the California-based company announced this week. The new well is in the center of Osage's 30,000-acre Nemaha Ridge project, part of the Mississippi Lime play that spans Oklahoma and Kansas. “We have successfully drilled two wells in the southern area of the acreage, and one in the northern area,” said Greg Franklin, Osage's vice president of exploration. “The quality of the rock in the middle where we are drilling the McPhail well looks as promising as or better than the northern and southern areas of the acreage.”
College hosts safety class
Oklahoma City Community College is hosting a safety class next week for oil and natural gas industry workers. The SafeLand USA Awareness class will be Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the college's Family and Community Education Center, 6500 S Land Ave. The class will provide specific safety information on topics ranging from incident reporting and investigation to material handling and first aid. The $150 class is certified by SafeLand USA and the Energy Training Council of Oklahoma, which includes OCCC. To enroll, contact John Claybon at 682-7855 or email@example.com.
From Staff Reports