• Corbett leaves governorship with unsettled legacy

    Updated: 46 min ago

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The most notable elements of Gov. Tom Corbett's legacy may have been cemented on Election Day. His defeat by first-time candidate Tom Wolf saddled Corbett with the distinction of being the first Pennsylvania governor denied re-election in the 40 years that the state's chief executive has been allowed to seek a second consecutive term. And amid historic Republican gains in state legislatures across the country — including in Pennsylvania — Corbett was the only sitting GOP governor to lose his seat to a Democratic challenger in the Nov. 4 election. Whether history will be kinder than voters in assessing the governor's track record remains to be seen.

  • Group wants state regulators recused from PNM case

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators in less than two weeks are to begin deliberating a proposal that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico. But one environmental group, New Energy Economy, is calling for Public Regulation Commissioners Pat Lyons and Karen Montoya to recuse themselves from the deliberations. The group filed its motion Wednesday. It argues that phone calls and emails between PNM and the two commissioners have created an appearance of a conflict of interest. The commissioners did not immediately respond to email requests for comment. The proposal for shutting down part of the San Juan Generating Station is aimed at meeting certain pollution

  • NY sets hearing dates for natural gas pipeline

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators have scheduled three public hearings on state permits for the planned Constitution Pipeline, a 124-mile-long natural gas transmission line from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County. The pipeline is intended to help meet growing natural gas demand in New York and New England. The Department of Environmental Conservation will also take written comments through Jan. 30 on state permit applications related to the pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a final environmental impact statement on the project in October and approved construction on Dec. 2. The DEC has authority over specific permits related to air and water quality and wetlands protection. Hearings a

  • Oil and gas prices for Dec. 25

    Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $52.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $40.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Dec. 10: COMPLETION Johnston: XTO Energy Inc.; Barney No. 1-26H27 Well; NW1/4 NW1/4 SW1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 26-04S-04E; 77 barrels oil per day 1,337,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 15,420. Okfuskee: J & J Production Co.; Mullie No. 2-1B Well; NW1/4 SE1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 of 02-10N-09E; 50,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 3,925. Williams Clayton Energy Inc.; DGR No. 1-3 Well; NW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 NE1/4 of 03-12N-10E; TD 3,000. Pawnee: Cummings Oil Co.; German No.

  • Domestic oil production surges in last part of yeardespite tumbling prices

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Oil production in recent weeks has blown past 1985 highs, but that trend is likely to change soon as companies are beginning to announce plans to cut their 2015 drilling budgets.

  • Oklahoma business briefs, Dec. 25, 2014

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs, Dec. 25, 2014

  • 8 members resign from Oklahoma Choctaw Electric Cooperative board

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Most of the Choctaw Electric Cooperative’s board has resigned in the face of a recall effort launched by members of the southeast Oklahoma electricity provider.

  • Washington state carbon emissions dropped in 2011

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state dropped by about 4.6 percent between 2010 and 2011, led by reductions in emissions from the electricity sector, according to the latest figures released by the state. The latest data show about 91.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide or its equivalent was released in 2011, compared to about 96.1 million metric tons the year before. Emissions are on a downward trend but still about 4 percent higher than in 1990. The report comes as Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing sweeping policies to combat climate change, including a cap-and-trade program that would charge large industrial polluters for each metric ton of emissions they release.

  • Ukraine peace talks conclude for night in Minsk

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups ended Wednesday after more than five hours, with no indication of progress and questions about when the next round might take place. The opening session occurred in the Belarusian capital, one day after Ukraine's decision to drop its non-aligned status, which added a new element of tension to the attempts to resolve the violent crisis in the country. The talks were to discuss how to improve an often-violated cease-fire that was declared in September, to pull back heavy weapons and to exchange of war prisoners.

  • Regulations would expand coastal California sanctuaries

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — National marine sanctuaries off Northern California are due to double in size early in the new year in order to protect a massive underwater nutrient flow that biologists say makes the coast's salmon and seabirds thrive and sea lions fat and yappy. Barring objections from the incoming U.S. Congress, new federal rules will expand existing marine sanctuaries along the Northern California coast as far up as Mendocino Country. With the expansion on the north coast, a 350-mile stretch of coast running south to Monterey Bay will be under increased federal protection. Starting Jan. 20, the incoming Republican-led Congress will have 45 working days to raise any objections to the expansion before it would go int

  • US stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Major U.S. stock indexes ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average adding modestly to its gains a day after closing above 18,000 for the first time. It was the Dow's sixth straight gain, coming during a half-day trading session ahead of the Christmas holiday. Investors welcomed Labor Department data showing that applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in seven weeks. The news came a day after the Commerce Department estimated that the economy grew in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in 11 years. The unemployment data show steady improvement in the labor market, which is positive news for the economy.

  • Gasoline prices in Arizona at $2.27 per gallon

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gasoline prices around Arizona keep going down at the pumps. Officials with Triple-A Arizona said Wednesday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $2.27 a gallon. That's more than 17 cents lower than last week. This week's national average is $2.35 per gallon, down by more than 15 cents from last week. Triple-A analysts say prices could fall even further in the coming weeks, barring unforeseen circumstances. The East Valley (Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Ahwatukee) has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $2.10 a gallon and Flagstaff the highest at $2.63. Missouri has the lowest average gas prices among states in the contine

  • Low oil prices threaten Oklahoma energy, industry support companies

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Tumbling oil prices are beginning to hurt Oklahoma energy companies and support companies that help producers recover oil and natural gas from deep below the surface.

  • State approves spending for energy efficiency


    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State utility regulators have approved spending more than $100 million for energy efficiency programs for residential, industrial and commercial customers. The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the state's 2015 Energy Efficiency Program Plan. The plan funds the energy efficiency programs for electric and natural gas customers. About $87 million was set aside for electric programs, such as providing high-efficiency lighting for homes and businesses. And $24.5 million was set aside for gas programs, such as rebates for high-efficiency heating systems and weatherization. The plan is expected to generate about $2.45 in energy savings and other economic benefits for every

  • Enbridge oil spill settlement is $6.25M, not $6.75M


    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A settlement over a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan is worth $6.25 million, not $6.75 million as lawyers reported earlier in December. A new filing has been made in Grand Rapids federal court. Judge Gordon Quist still must approve the deal between a Canadian company and residents and land owners near the Kalamazoo River. The size of payments will depend on proximity to the water. A pipeline leak spewed more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek. The pipeline belongs to Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta. Enbridge has agreed to donate $150,000 to local groups committed to environmental conservation, such as the Kalamazoo River Waters

  • Casino agency reinstates fired employee's license


    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state casinos agency has reinstated the license of an ex-Cleveland casino employee fired for failing to pay for a $1.84 energy drink. Last month's decision by the Ohio Casino Control Commission came just days after a Cleveland appeals court told the commission to reconsider the case. In 2012, the commission fired dealer Anthony Zingale (zin-GAH'-lee) from Cleveland's downtown Horseshoe Casino after he bought a Red Bull drink while on break, paid for it, then apparently voided the sale. The Eighth Ohio District Court of Appeals said the commission wrongly put the burden on Zingale to prove he was suitable to retain his license. Commission spokeswoman Jessica Franks said Tuesday Zingale i

  • Incense trees flourish again in Hong Kong


    HONG KONG (AP) — On land deep in Hong Kong's lush green northern suburbs near the border with mainland China, farmer Koon-wing Chan is working to keep a legendary scent alive in the city known as the Fragrant Harbor. Chan runs Hong Kong's last commercial plantation of agarwood trees, prized throughout the centuries for aromatic resin used to make incense, perfume and medicine. He has no hope his sons will carry on the labor intensive business and also faces an increasing threat from Chinese poachers. But the tree's rich history that intersects with the lives of his forefathers gives Chan a sense of mission. And the trade in the wood and oil is seriously lucrative. "It's very special.

  • Oklahoma business briefs, Dec. 24

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs, Dec. 24, 2014

  • Chesapeake Energy Corp. up 10 percent after asset sale

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. saw its stock price rise more than 10 percent Tuesday on the back of a $5 billion asset sale.

  • Brown picks aide to lead troubled California utility board

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown named a former adviser on Tuesday to be the next head of California's troubled utilities commission, replacing a regulatory chief accused of back-channel dealings with utilities. Michael Picker, a former adviser to Brown on renewable energy and a former board member of a California utility, was Brown's pick to lead the California Public Utilities Commission, the governor's office said in a statement. The appointment requires state lawmakers' approval. Picker would replace Michael Peevey as commission president. Peevey announced in October he would not seek reappointment when his term expires at the end of December, after 12 years on the board. Emails made public this year by