• Militants blow up Shell, Agip pipelines in Nigeria

    Updated: 37 min ago

    WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Residents say militants have blown up strategic gas and crude pipelines belonging to Shell and Agip in the third attack in three days in an increasingly fierce campaign that has chopped Nigeria's oil production in half. Community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo confirmed the militants' report on social media that they had dynamited the trunkline linking Shell's Bonny terminal to Agip's Brass export terminal early Saturday. Nigeria's government said production had fallen from a projected 2.2 million barrels a day to 1.4 million before the latest attacks.

  • US wants to help endangered Yellowstone fish with $57M dam

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials say building a $57 million concrete dam and fish bypass channel along Montana's Yellowstone River offers the cheapest way to help an endangered species that dates to the time of dinosaurs. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers and Interior Department are proposing the irrigation dam on the lower Yellowstone near the North Dakota border. That's where aging pallid sturgeon have been trapped for decades downstream of their spawning grounds. Environmentalists say building the dam could doom the fish, since there's no proof the bypass channel would work. They want the government to remove an existing man-made rock weir on the river.

  • Huge transport plane waiting for cargo in La Crosse

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — One of the world's largest airplanes is sitting on the tarmac in La Crosse. The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1X3jZNY ) an Antonov An-124-100 arrived at the La Crosse Regional Airport late Wednesday night. The Ukranian-built plane is large enough to transport more than 100 tons of troops, cargo or equipment. Air charter company Volga-Dnepr Group of Russian operates the plane. The newspaper reports that the aircraft is set to pick up a 30-ton aluminum heat exchanger unit used in the oil and gas industry for cryogenic applications and transport it to Asia. The unit is expected to be delivered to the airport on Saturday. The plane is scheduled to depart early Sunday afternoon.

  • Democrats crowd race for Public Lands Commissioner

    Democrats crowd race for Public Lands Commissioner

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — This fall's race for Washington's Commissioner of Public Lands — an office that oversees the state's largest firefighting force and 5.6 million acres of land — is hotly contested since no incumbent is on the ballot. Commissioner Peter Goldmark will not seek re-election to the quietly influential office. As the head of the state's Department of Natural Resources, the commissioner is responsible for healthy public aquatic lands, forests, parks and more. The department leases land to provide critical school construction money, and its firefighting efforts are a key line of defense against destructive summertime wildfires, too.

  • Oklahoma Legislature closes $1.3B gap, finishes 2016 session

    Oklahoma Legislature closes $1.3B gap, finishes...

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Facing a historic $1.3 billion hole in the budget at the start of the year, the state Legislature managed to close the gap through a combination of agency cuts, tax credit reforms, fee increases and the use of one-time funding sources, including bonds. But many characterized the 2016 legislative session that ended last week as one where Republican leaders failed to capitalize on an opportunity to bring in significant new revenue or make structural changes to how the state finances its operations.

  • 2 more Whirlpool plants in Ohio installing wind turbines

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. says it's installing wind turbines to help power two more of its factories in Ohio. The appliance maker based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, says it will spend $13.5 million to bring wind energy to its plants in Ottawa and Marion. Whirlpool says the 1.5-megawatt turbines are the same design as those built at its Findlay factory. The company says anticipates the wind turbine should help offset electricity consumption by 34 percent at its Ottawa plant that makes freezers. Whirlpool also has Ohio operations in Clyde and Greenville.

  • French transport minister: fuel situation getting better

    French transport minister: fuel situation...

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — France's junior transport minister, Alain Vidalies, says that fuel shortages sparked by nationwide strikes and blockades are easing across France, although he warned that the crisis wasn't over. Panic at the pump has been among the most serious effects of weeks of French labor action, which has shuttered refineries, blocked fuel depots and disrupted travel across the country. French unions, notably the militant CGT, are fighting the government's attempt to reform the French labor market, saying the new measures will weaken the country's social protections. They have picketed refineries and depots and even bridges in an effort to force the government to back down.


    Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $45.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $33.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted May 17: COMPLETION Ellis: Jones Energy LLC; Neidens 10 No. 3H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 10-20N-26W; 58 barrels oil per day, 298,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 12,676. Jones Energy LLC; Packers 22 No. 5H Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 22-20N-25W; 39 barrels oil per day, 259,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 12,893. Jones Energy LLC; Packers 22 No. 6H Well; SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 22-20N-25W; 157 barrels oil per day, 410,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 12,941. Love: XTO Energy

  • Oklahoma's rig count increases by two

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    The number of drilling rigs searching for oil and natural gas in Oklahoma increased by two to 59 the past week.



    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Oklahoma has lost more than 20,000 oil and gas related jobs the past two years. But net employment opportunities for the state are not down that much, although those jobs may not pay as well.

  • Official asked utility if it wanted help to quash order

    Official asked utility if it wanted help to...

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California oil and gas official offered to try to get the governor's office to quash an order from air pollution regulators that was aimed at a utility responsible for a massive gas leak, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Emails related to the four-month Southern California Gas Co. leak that drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes said the governor's staff discussed the matter, but agency spokesmen said no action was taken to change the order requiring better leak detection and reporting, among other things.

  • Agency: Measure would put most of state off-limits to wells

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A proposal to require new oil and gas wells to be at least 2,500 feet from homes and schools in Colorado would leave 90 percent of the state off-limits to future drilling, regulators said Friday. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released a report (http://tinyurl.com/ju4be2j) on the impact of a proposed constitutional amendment that backers hope to put on the November ballot. The report said that in the state's top five oil and gas counties, 95 percent of the land area would off-limits to new wells and other energy facilities. Those counties are Garfield, La Plata, Las Animas, Rio Blanco and Weld.

  • Thunder ownership involved in McClendon probate case

    Thunder ownership involved in McClendon probate...

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY and ADAM WILMOTH | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Court transcripts show that Creditors are concerned McClendon's stake in the team could sell for less than market value.

  • Putin blasts West on first trip to EU country this year

    Putin blasts West on first trip to EU country...

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — On his first trip to a European Union country this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sharply criticized western policy toward Moscow, describing a newly expanded U.S. missile defense system as a threat to his country's security — and vowing to retaliate. Putin arrived in Athens on a two-day visit and emerged from talks with the Greek government to lash the United States and NATO allies, also accusing them of stifling trade and energy cooperation with Russia. Earlier this month, the U.S. program was declared operational at a site in Romania, drawing an angry reaction from Russia. NATO says the system is purely defensive and a response to a growing capability of ballistic missiles global

  • Maryland governor vetoes transportation, other bills

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed five bills on Friday, including two relating to transportation and a measure to increase Maryland's use of renewable energy. Hogan vetoed a bill that would have required the state to start saving money to pay for a $1 billion replacement for the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge. It carries U.S. 301 from southern Maryland to the Northern Neck of Virginia. Hogan said in a veto letter that the bill was an intrusion on the Maryland Transportation Authority's independence defined in law. He also said the bridge is a priority of his administration, noting that more than $61 million has been allocated in a six-year transportation plan.

  • Uber appeals Pennsylvania utility regulator's $11.4M fine

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ride-hailing company Uber is asking state utility regulators to reconsider the record-setting $11.4 million fine they issued against it. The Public Utility Commission fined San Francisco-based Uber in April for operating in Pennsylvania for six months in 2014 without the required approval. The commission is looking at Uber's appeal, which contends the fine amount is unreasonable, considering the lack of evidence that its services did harm. Uber argued that it successfully filled a void in the state's transportation infrastructure. It wants the fine recalculated using the number of days it violated state authority, not the number of trips it provided.

  • Stocks rise to wrap up a strong week as banks move higher

    Stocks rise to wrap up a strong week as banks...

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Friday to wrap up their strongest week in almost three months. Banks gained ground after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank intends to keep raising interest rates provided the economy continues to improve. Stocks turned higher over the last few hours of trading to finish at their highest levels of the day. Banks made the largest gains, as they stand to make bigger profits on lending if interest rates rise further. Phone companies traded higher after Verizon reportedly agreed in principle to a new contract with striking employees. Alphabet led technology stocks higher.

  • Iowa Indian burial site claim prompts oil pipeline halt

    Iowa Indian burial site claim prompts oil...

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The possibility of an American Indian burial site in Iowa may require relocation of a crude oil pipeline route which would further delay the beginning of construction in the only one of four states where work hasn't yet begun. The Dakota Access pipeline passes through the Big Sioux Wildlife Management area and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leaders say there is a burial site. The pipeline also goes through the Dakotas and Illinois. The possibility prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which owns the property, to revoke a construction permit for the area and issue a stop work order to Dakota Access until further notice.

  • University of Maine offshore wind project gets grant boost

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An offshore wind power pilot project led by the University of Maine is back in the running for a major federal grant, officials said Friday. The U.S. Department of Energy elevated the project's status after a slew of independent cost estimates showed the project's technology will reduce the cost of offshore wind development, the UMaine offshore wind research team's leader, Habib Dagher, said from Orono. The Aqua Ventus project was originally passed over for a $47 million grant, but the Department of Energy awarded some funding because the project showed promise.

  • Recalls this week: spill-proof cups, water heaters


    More than 3 million spill-proof cups for children are being recalled because of mold development risk, with more than 3,000 reported cases already. Other recalled consumer products include faulty water heaters and mattress pads. Here's a more detailed look: SIPPEE SPILL-PROOF CUPS DETAILS: Five types of spill-proof Tommee Tippee Sippee cups all with a removable, one-piece white valve. The five types include: First Sips Transition cup, Trainer Sippee cup, Sippee cup (including Cute Quips), Sportee bottle and Insulated Swiggle/Sippee tumblers. The plastic drinking cups have spill-proof tops, easy-grip sides with detachable handles and were sold in clear with colored11 lids and a variety of colors and character prints.