• Oil and gas, livestock prices for Oct. 23

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $77 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $65 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Oct. 6: COMPLETION Custer: Sanguine Gas Exploration, LLC; The Inn No. 1-23H Well; NE1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 (BHL) of 23-15N-18W; 42 barrels oil per day; TD 13,970. Grady: EOG Resources Inc.; Dekinder No. 4-1H Well; SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 04-05N-08W; 432 barrels oil per day, 712,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 16,202. Kingfisher: Blake Production Co., Inc.; Hennessey Unit No. 1-2H OS Well; SW1/4 NW1/4 SW1/4 NE1/4 (SL) of 02-18N-07W; 34 barrels oil per day; TD 12,045. Love: XTO Energy Inc.;

  • NY governor hopefuls debate economy, leadership

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger traded insults and clashed over the economy and corruption Wednesday while two third-party candidates worked to get traction in the only scheduled debate in the governor's race. Cuomo noted that Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, has been questioned over a housing desegregation settlement in his home county and said his views are too conservative to lead New York state. He said his administration has energized the economy, cut taxes and reduced government gridlock. "Our taxes are at historic lows; our jobs are at historic highs," Cuomo said. "And we respect people's rights. We have Democrats and Republicans working together in Alban

  • Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 23, 2014

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 23, 2014

  • Manchin, Whitehouse form unlikely energy alliance

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who once expressed his disdain for a cap-and-trade bill by literally shooting it, furthered an unlikely energy alliance with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse by hopping on a Blackhawk chopper in coal-centric West Virginia on Wednesday. Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat who has urged action on climate change in dozens of Senate floor speeches, flew out to tour coal and energy resources in Manchin's home state Wednesday. It's the same kind of energy production targeted by President Barack Obama's environmental agency, which is pushing to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants and stem climate change. Manchin, likely the Senate's most conservative Democrat, is pushing back ag

  • Love's to add to growing CNG network along Interstate 40

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Love’s Travel Stops will add fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling at a location in eastern Arkansas as part of a planned network along Interstate 40 that will span more than 1,350 miles.

  • US tribes testify against Canada pipeline

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. tribes told Canadian regulators on Wednesday they're opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada that could dramatically increase the number of oil tankers plying West Coast waters. Kinder Morgan Canada has proposed a $5.4 billion expansion of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which links oil from Alberta's tar sands to the Vancouver, British Columbia-area. The project could increase by seven-fold the number of oil tankers that transit Washington state waters. Tribal leaders from Washington state traveled to Chilliwack, B.C., to testify before Canada's National Energy Board.

  • Florida regulators approve new electric rates

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida regulators are signing off on new rates for three of the state's biggest power companies that will result in some customers paying less. The Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved cost recovery charges for Florida Power & Light, Gulf Power Company, and Tampa Electric Company. The new rates will take effect in January 2015. These charges include the amount of money that utilities are expected to pay for fuel in the coming year. The PSC estimates that the average FPL customer will see a decrease of nearly $2 on their monthly bills, while average TECO customers should see a drop of about $1.14. Average Gulf customers will see their bills rise by $7.29. State regulators will

  • North Dakota regulators approve coal mine permit

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved a permit for a new coal mine in the west-central part of the state. Regulators on Wednesday approved the permit for Coyote Creek Mining Co., a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based North American Coal Corp. Regulators say the company's proposed Coyote Creek Mine near Beulah is the first major mine to be permitted in North Dakota since the late 1970s. The company still needs federal permits before the mine is built. Coyote Creek Mining wants to begin delivering coal to the Coyote Power Station in May 2016. Regulators say the power plant would use about 2.5 million tons of coal from the mine each year.

  • Maine's high court allows Grand Falls wind farm

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    GRAND FALLS TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court is upholding a state Board of Environmental Protection decision to give a developer the go-ahead to build a wind farm on Passadumkeag Ridge in Grand Falls Township. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling on Tuesday that affirmed the board's decision. The nonprofit Passadumkeag Mountain Friends had appealed the board's decision. The group argued that an earlier decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to deny the wind farm a permit should stand up. The high court's ruling affirms that a Texas-based developer can build 14 459-foot-tall turbines on the ridge.

  • 4 New England states in top 10 for efficiency

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Four New England states have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for their energy efficiency efforts. Massachusetts led the way in the annual ranking by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, with Rhode Island and Vermont tied with Oregon in the No. 3 spot and Connecticut ranked No. 6. In the region, only New Hampshire and Maine were excluded from the top 10, with Maine ranked 16th and New Hampshire 22nd. The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard measures six policy areas — utility policies and programs, transportation initiatives, building energy codes, combined heat and power development, state government-led initiatives, and state-level appliance standards.

  • New Mexico weighs allowing reuse of drilling water

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — State environmental regulators are considering a rule that would allow oil companies to reuse water that's already flowed through drilling operations to help reduce the amount of freshwater the industry consumes. The New Mexico Environment Department is working with the Oil Conservation Commission on the new regulation, agency Secretary David Martin told the Hobbs News-Sun this week (http://goo.gl/6dyY6f ). "It has been worked on for several months now," Martin said. "Once it is finalized, it will go to OCC, and we are expecting that will probably happen in October, no later than November." The draft of the rule is expected this month.

  • Judge to decide fate of oil company's bankruptcy

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge is set to decide whether to close out the case of a legally troubled oil drilling company in Kentucky. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Joan Lloyd will take up the case of Mammoth Resource Partners on Nov. 4 during a hearing in Louisville. The trustee for the company, Robert Leasure, filed documents saying there is no workable plan to bring the company out of bankruptcy as a still functioning business. Mammoth Resource Partners, based in Cave City, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010. The company and owner Roger Cory and Kentucky regulators reached a settlement in 2007, requiring compliance with the law and imposing a $20,000 fine, of which $15,000 was suspended.

  • Open houses set for gas line project

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A dozen open houses are set to be held in the coming weeks to provide information on a major proposed liquefied natural gas project. The office of federal coordinator for Alaska gas pipeline projects says officials with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will attend the meetings. The current schedule begins Oct. 28 in Nikiski and ends Nov. 20 in Houston. The office says several open houses have already been held and others are expected. The state is pursuing the mega project with BP, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp., TransCanada Corp. and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.

  • Gas prices head toward $3 per gallon average in ND

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An industry expert says gas prices in North Dakota may drop below an average of $3 a gallon before the end of the year. AAA North Dakota spokesman Gene LaDoucer says Tuesday's average of $3.22 per gallon is down 23 cents since Labor Day and the lowest average since February. The national average is $3.10, down 34 cents since Labor Day and the lowest price since Jan. 12, 2011. The average price in Fargo was $2.98. Other averages are $3.06 in Grand Forks, $3.29 in Minot, $3.32 in Bismarck, $3.33 in Dickinson, and $3.42 in Williston. LaDoucer says the last time the state or national average fell below $3 a gallon was in December 2010.

  • Official: Gas utilities appear prepared for winter

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — A state regulator says Arizona natural gas customers can rest assured that utilities will be able to meet the winter demand for heating. Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump says a warmer-than-normal winter is forecast and that utilities appear prepared to meet energy demands during the state's colder months. Gas utilities and pipeline companies on Tuesday presented the commission with the companies' plans to meet heating demands in the upcoming winter. Southwest Gas, UNS Gas, Alliant Gas, Questar, Transwestern Pipeline, and El Paso Natural Gas made presentations. The companies also outlined their emergency plans to deal with any potential service outages.

  • Daines, Curtis clash on government role in energy

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Amanda Curtis clashed over energy and the government's proper role in the industry during the first U.S. Senate debate in Montana's oil patch on Tuesday in Sidney. It was only the second meeting of the candidates since Curtis entered the race in late August following the withdrawal of Sen. John Walsh. It's likely to be their last face-to-face meeting ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Daines hammered on a theme of Washington, D.C. bureaucratic over-reach and singled out the Environmental Protection Agency for hindering coal, oil and gas production.

  • Oklahoma drilling reports, livestock, Oct. 22

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Oklahoma drilling reports, livestock, Oct. 22

  • Asia stocks gain on US rally, Europe stimulus talk

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Hopes for fresh stimulus from the European Central Bank and China's steady growth bolstered Asian stock markets Wednesday after the S&P 500 had its best day of the year. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.7 percent to 15,057.47 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.7 percent to 23,242.19. China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.2 percent to 2,345.10 and Seoul's Kospi gained 0.8 percent to 1,929.13. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.9 percent to 5,374.80. EUROPE STIMULUS: As the region teeters on the brink of recession again, speculation is growing that the European Central Bank will further expand liquidity in the financial system by expanding bond purchases.

  • Oklahoma business briefs, Oct. 22, 2014

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs, Oct. 22, 2014

  • Contractor dies at Wyoming coal mine

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A contractor died in a weekend accident at Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle Mine in northeastern Wyoming. A spokeswoman with the Mine Safety and Health Administration tells the Casper Star-Tribune the contractor was driving a haul truck when it went over a high wall late Saturday. He was thrown from the truck. The Campbell County coroner's office tells the Gillette News Record the victim was 51-year-old Darwin Lee Reimer of Gillette. Peabody spokeswoman Charlene Murdock says MSHA officials are investigating. Reimer's death was the second this year at North Antelope Rochelle, which is about 65 miles south of Gillette. Joshua Wishard, 25, died in June when he was crushed between the h