• Protesters against brown coal form human chain

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region. Organizers said more than 7,500 people linked up in an 8-kilometer ( 5-mile) chain between Kerkwitz, Germany, and Grabice, Poland — two villages that activists fear will be evacuated to make way for further brown coal mines, also known as lignite. Some of Saturday's demonstrators waded into the Neisse river, which divides the two countries, as part of the chain. The leaders of Germany's opposition Green party were among those attending the protest. Both coal and lignite, which is decried as a dirty fuel by environmentalists, play a significant part

  • Iran says no need for UN to revisit military site

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's defense minister on Saturday said there was no need for U.N. nuclear inspectors to pay another visit to the Parchin military site, where the country is suspected of having tested components used in nuclear weapons. Gen. Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying the IAEA had already been to the site southeast of Tehran and carried out tests there. "Besides, they have accepted that nothing happened in Parchin," he said. He added that Iran would not make its nuclear scientists available to the inspectors. Tehran has in the past charged the agency with leaking information that led to the assassination of scientists. Inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog have visit

  • AAA: Md. drivers paying $3.40 per gallon

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorists in Maryland are paying 4 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $3.40, down from $3.44 a week ago. The price of gas in the state is 4 cents less than the national average of $3.44. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $3.38 in Baltimore, $3.50 in Cumberland, $3.36 in Hagerstown and $3.30 in Salisbury. Motorists in the state are paying 15 cents less than at this time last year when the average price of a gallon of gas was $3.55.

  • AAA: Lowest Labor Day gas price since '10 expected

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drivers hitting the road on the Labor Day weekend may pay the lowest amount for gas since 2010. AAA Mid-Atlantic says that average gas prices dropped again last week and that barring a major development like a Gulf Coast hurricane, prices will remain low compared to recent years. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline fell three cents to $3.44 last week. That price represents a 13-cent drop from a month ago and nine cents less than last year. The price in New Jersey fell five cents last week and is 19 cents cheaper than last year. AAA Travel projects that 34.7 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day weekend, the highest since

  • 4 Kochs took genes, money in different directions

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They're demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from their seemingly limitless donations. These are the Koch brothers, and perhaps the first thing you need to know is that there are four of them. The constant shorthand reference — "Koch brothers," pronounced like the cola — that lumps them all together shortchanges the remarkable story of four very different people who rode the Koch genes and the Koch money in vastly different directions. C

  • Enable Midstream to add 100 jobs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust will consider $450,000 in jobs incentives for Enable Midstream Partners LP.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for Aug. 23

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $90.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $78.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Aug. 6: COMPLETION Dewey: JMA Energy Co., LLC; Lauder No. 1-12H Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 12-16N-20W; 385 barrels oil per day, 720,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 14,080. Payne: B & W Operating, LLC; B & W Oltmanns No. 1-14H Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 (SL) of 14-19N-01E; 298 barrels oil per day, 829,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 8,908. INTENT TO DRILL Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Ellis Talley North Place 2811 No. 3-11H Well; NE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4

  • Chesapeake leaves OKC job incentive program

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy will walk away from up to $1.57 million in city economic development money when it cancels its economic development agreement with the city early.

  • Recalls this week: bean bag chairs, cribs

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled following the deaths of two children who suffocated after they crawled inside the chairs. Other recalled products include convertible cribs with a defect that can create a hazardous gap. Here's a more detailed look: BEAN BAG CHAIRS DETAILS: Ace Bayou bean bag chairs with two zippers that can be unzipped and opened, including one of the exterior cover and other directly underneath that zipper. The recalled chairs with zippers that open were sold in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and fabrics. They include round or L-shaped, vinyl or fabric, and are filled with polystyrene foam beads.

  • EPA environmental crimes office opens in ND

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's law enforcement arm has opened an office in Bismarck so that it will have a bigger presence in the North Dakota's booming oil patch. Jeffrey Martinez, the special agent in charge of the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division office in Denver, said the Bismarck office opened at the end of July but isn't permanently staffed yet. "This is a first step and I'm hopeful that it will lead over time to a fulltime presence," said U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon. The Criminal Investigation Division is made up of 200 federal agents who are tasked with upholding environmental law. "Environmental crimes involve lying, cheating and stealing like any other crime," said Marit

  • Safety concerns addressed for fracking hearing

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State officials say they have addressed concerns about security so that a public meeting on fracking in Sanford can proceed as planned. State Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Jamie Kritzer says two officers from the legislative police force will provide security at the site of the hearing Friday night and that highway patrol troopers and Sanford police officers will be nearby in case backup is needed. The state environmental department had said earlier in the day that troopers were the ones providing security. Hundreds are expected at the public hearing on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing.

  • US rig count down 17 to 1,896

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,564 rigs were exploring for oil and 330 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Kansas gained two rigs while Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia and Wyoming each rose by one. Texas declined by 13 rigs, Alaska was off three, North Dakota was down two and California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania dropped one apiece. New Mexico, Ohio and Utah were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bot

  • Country's energy diversification could benefit Oklahoma

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Yesterday

    Natural gas use for power generation will grow throughout the country over the next 25 years, but for different reasons across different regions, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said this week.

  • Dynegy to spend $6.25B on power plant acquisitions


    Dynegy plans to spend more than $6 billion to buy several coal and gas power generation plants from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners. Shares of the Houston power producer soared Friday before markets opened and after it announced the deals. The company plans to spend $2.8 billion on Duke's retail business and ownership interest in several plants and $3.45 billion for assets of Energy Capital Partners, or ECP. The deal will add about 12,500 megawatts of coal and gas generation and expand Dynegy's retail business into Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Dynegy said that the deals will boost its presence in the Midwest and New England, including three new markets: Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

  • Public meeting on fracking to be held in Sanford


    SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — Residents in Sanford will get a chance to voice their opinions on hydraulic fracturing drilling at a public meeting that is the second of four such gatherings planned by the state Mining and Energy Commission. The hearing will be held Friday evening. It follows one held Wednesday in Raleigh that nearly 400 people attended. Fracking opponents will hold a news conference before the hearing begins Friday in Sanford in Lee County, one of the places where scientists believe pockets of natural gas exist in layers of shale. Gov.

  • Vincennes U. gets nearly $200,000 to train miners


    VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Vincennes University has received more than $191,000 to provide safety training to miners. The grant is part of a total of $8.3 million awarded to 47 states and the Navajo Nation for the 2014 fiscal year. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration. Grant recipients will use the money to provide federally mandated training to workers in surface and underground coal mines and other types of mines. The grants are administered by state mine inspectors' offices, state departments of labor, and state-supported colleges and universities. Training is tailored to the needs of area miners, including hazards they may encounter on the job.

  • Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks


    HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centuries. Fired up in December, the multibillion-dollar plant bombards millions of tons of coal with water and heat to produce methane, which is piped to Beijing to generate electricity.

  • Alaska serial killer dies, decades after murders


    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting and hunting down women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the 1970s, has died at age 75. Hansen died Thursday at Alaska Regional Hospital after being in declining health for the past year, Alaska Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle said. Hansen had a "do not resuscitate" order on file with the agency, according to Alaska State Troopers. Hansen was convicted in 1984 after confessing to killing 17 women, mostly dancers and prostitutes, during a 12-year span. Hansen was convicted of just four of the murders in a deal that spared him having to go

  • EPA plan for power plant carbon dioxide cuts draw reliability concerns in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Proposed federal rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions at electric power plants could affect reliability in the regional grid, policymakers and industry officials heard at a meeting organized by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • Oklahoma energy briefs, Aug. 22

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Oklahoma energy briefs, Aug. 22