Paul Monies
Business 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.


  • Justice Department to continue antitrust probe into oil and gas leases

    Paul Monies | Updated: Thu, Mar 3, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Justice said its investigation into oil and natural gas leasing practices will continue despite the death of Aubrey McClendon in a car crash. Officials at the department's antitrust division said the charge announced Tuesday against McClendon likely will be dismissed. A federal grand jury indicted McClendon on one felony charge, alleging he conspired to hold down the value of oil and natural gas leases in northwestern Oklahoma with another bidder.  McClendon on Tuesday night called  the charge "wrong and unprecedented." In a press release announcing the McClendon indictment, the Justice Department said the investigation involves its antitrust office in Chicago, the FBI's Oklahoma City

  • OG&E expedites work on new wind power line

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. is moving up the construction timeline of a $190 million transmission line to help connect wind farms in northwestern Oklahoma, company executives said Friday. The utility said it will begin building the 126-mile Windspeed II line from Woodward to its Cimarron substation northwest of Oklahoma City early next year. The line is expected to be in service by mid-2018. That's three years earlier than expected. The new 345-kilovolt transmission line will parallel the existing right of way of OG&E's Windspeed line, which was built in 2010. "When we sponsored and constructed the original Windspeed line in 2010, we saw the need for an additional line, and we bought 200 feet of right of way," OGE

  • Workers’ comp panel says state’s opt-out system is unconstitutional

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    The order, which is appealable to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, is the first test of denial of benefit appeals under the opt-out system put in place by workers' comp reform enacted in 2013.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission allows OG&E to continue with coal scrubber case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission rejected two motions to dismiss the case and Thursday said Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. can resume seeking pre-approval for its $500 million coal scrubber project at its two units at the Sooner plant near Red Rock.

  • Old telecom bribery case is back before Oklahoma Corporation Commission

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Feb 25, 2016

    Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony tried unsuccessfully Thursday to convince his two colleagues to rule on reopening a decades-old bribery case involving the former Southwestern Bell telephone company.

  • Sierra Club asks Oklahoma regulators to dismiss latest OG&E scrubber case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 24, 2016

    The Sierra Club asked the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Wednesday to dismiss the latest attempt by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. to get pre-approval for its plan to install costly scrubbers at the Sooner coal plant.

  • Oklahoma regulators ratify new rules for Uber, Lyft ride-sharing apps

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 24, 2016

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Tuesday approved rules to complete the state's new law on ride-sharing apps such s Uber and Lyft, despite objections form a limousine association.

  • Brockovich talks earthquakes, water during forum at University of Central Oklahoma

    Brockovich talks earthquakes, water during...

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 23, 2016

    Environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich brought a message of community empowerment to a packed forum Tuesday evening on the escalating number of earthquakes in Oklahoma.

  • Gas producers voice concerns about proposed methane rules

    Gas producers voice concerns about proposed...

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 19, 2016

    Too much natural gas is wasted during production on federal and tribal lands, representatives of the federal Bureau of Land Management said Thursday in Oklahoma City as the agency held a public meeting on proposed methane reduction rules.

  • Environmentalists sue three Oklahoma energy companies over earthquakes

    Environmentalists sue three Oklahoma energy...

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Feb 16, 2016

    The Oklahoma Sierra Club has sued three Oklahoma energy companies over the links between wastewater disposal and the state's rise in earthquake activity. Named in the lawsuit were Devon Energy Corp., Chesapeake Energy Corp. and New Dominion LLC.

  • Oklahoma regulators issue expanded disposal well directive for earthquakes

    Oklahoma regulators issue expanded disposal...

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Feb 16, 2016

    As the state continues to shake, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Tuesday detailed its largest-ever plan to control wastewater disposal well volumes and the links to man-made earthquakes.

  • OG&E files application for scrubbers with Oklahoma Corporation Commission

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    No rate increase for OG&E customers included in company's latest filing with regulators.

  • RE:PODS wants to produce cleaner portable gasification system

    RE:PODS wants to produce cleaner portable...

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Fledgling company created out of Oklahoma State University research hopes to put its newly patented technology into practical use with biofuels, making the portable gasification cleaner. If it can attract enough investors, RE:POD wants to put the system into production.

  • U.S. Supreme Court grants stay on implementing Clean Power Plan

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday halted implementation of the Clean Power Plan, granting a stay sought by Oklahoma and more than two dozen other states, utilities and coal companies.

  • Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. reports a loss in first quarter

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Michael C. Coffman, president and CEO of Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc., said reductions in capital expenditures reduced debt by $8 million in the first quarter, with total debt falling to $53.5 million.

  • Landmark Perry service station is part of Sinclair centennial celebrations

    Landmark Perry service station is part of...

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    The service station, which dates to 1937, is the oldest continuously operated gas station in Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma's Sen. Lankford offers amendment to drop federal wind credit from tax code

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    U.S. Sen. James Lankford introduced an amendment to a bipartisan energy bill Tuesday to eliminate a key tax credit for wind generation. Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, called the tax incentive unneeded, citing the wind industry's rapid growth.

  • Key Enable Midstream investor considers sale, its spinoff options

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    CenterPoint Energy in Houston, a 50 percent partner with Oklahoma's OGE Energy Corp. in Enable Midstream Partners LP, is considering selling or spinning off its stake in the pipeline partnership.

  • Transmission line projects will save electricity users money, regional grid study says

    Transmission line projects will save...

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    The electricity transmission line upgrades and expansions in Oklahoma and parts of 13 other states saved the Southwest Power Pool's customers about $240 million in fuel costs in 2015, the organization said in its "Value of Transmission" report.

  • Oklahoma regulators review rooftop solar bill proposal from OG&E

    Oklahoma regulators review rooftop solar bill...

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    A billing change by OG&E that is under review by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission could be harmful to rooftop solar customers.




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Paul Sat, May. 28 2016 08:36:39 AM CST Creditors of Aubrey McClendon's estate want to put his @okcthunder stake out to bidders; family says no way. https://t.co/kFKBeGYodr
Paul Fri, May. 27 2016 09:57:08 PM CST Thunder ownership involved in McClendon probate case https://t.co/kFKBeGYodr
Paul Fri, May. 27 2016 11:15:04 AM CST RT @awilmoth: OKC company upgrades software design, enabling it to expand despite oil downturn https://t.co/fwa5hx6pkp https://t.co/U6znQ3D…
Paul Fri, May. 27 2016 10:24:25 AM CST @philsnews @keatonfox Revenue raisers (i.e. tax increases) need 3/4.
Paul Fri, May. 27 2016 09:52:38 AM CST It's bacon time! Big brother showing little sister the Way of the Bacon. @jmonies https://t.co/9ADe2eHCSk
Paul Fri, May. 27 2016 08:48:04 AM CST Subdued annual shareholder meetings for OKC energy companies a contrast to activism of years past. https://t.co/YEliuVn4yd (by @awilmoth)
Paul Fri, May. 27 2016 08:39:41 AM CST California congressman queries @AGScottPruitt on industry links, opposition to #CleanPowerPlan. https://t.co/j2FciBzq2H (by @NewsOKPolitics)
Paul Fri, May. 27 2016 07:41:08 AM CST 6 takeaways from Donald Trump's big energy and climate speech https://t.co/pnvpGSWuBL (via @voxdotcom)
Paul Thu, May. 26 2016 05:11:42 PM CST RT @briOKC: SJR 68 is going on the ballot, just passed the house 64-30. Oklahomans will vote on wine and strong beer in grocery stores in N…
Paul Thu, May. 26 2016 03:43:46 PM CST How Can We Make You Happy Today, Peter Thiel? https://t.co/HFw98GZhqX (via @WIRED)
Paul Thu, May. 26 2016 02:03:19 PM CST RT @AmyAHarder: Donald Trump calls oil magnate Harold Hamm, who was Romney's energy adviser in 2012 race, "king of energy" and "my friend f…
Paul Thu, May. 26 2016 08:05:49 AM CST Sometimes you find deep, dark secrets at your mother-in-law's house. What's going on, @UTAustin grad @jmonies?!? https://t.co/oVmGXZENDp
Paul Thu, May. 26 2016 07:53:50 AM CST @BrettDOkc Well, not last time. He was unopposed.

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