• Oil and gas, livestock prices for July 9

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $99.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $87.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted June 19: COMPLETION Canadian: Devon Energy Production Co. LP; Cindy Lou 27-13N-9W No. 1H Well; S1/2 S1/2 SW1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 27-13N-09W; 475 barrels oil per day, 250,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 13,172. Creek: Glimp Oil Co. LLC; Lena Yahola No. 22 Well; C NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 of 17-15N-08E; 13 barrels oil per day, 15,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 3,845. Custer: Sanguine Gas Exploration LLC; Green No. 1-15H Well; N1/2 N1/2 N1/2 NW1/4 (SL) of 15-15N-16W; 297 barrels oil per day, 279,000 cu-ft gas per

  • EU's united front on Russia falls amid natural gas needs

    By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    The South Stream pipeline could increase Russian supplies to Europe by another 25 percent, potentially boosting Moscow’s leverage long after the Ukraine crisis fades.

  • Oklahoma residents get ready to circulate petition to overturn solar and wind bill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Oklahoma residents unhappy with a recently passed state law that would allow electric utilities to set up a new customer class for solar and small wind turbine users want to gather signatures to repeal the law.

  • Medical marijuana advocates push for vote

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state Senate is unlikely to act on medical marijuana legislation before the fall, to the disappointment of about two dozen mothers, grandmothers, nurses and small children who went to the Capitol to press for its passage. Dana Ulrich of Lancaster County said Tuesday that she couldn't understand why senators won't act sooner when lives are at stake. Ulrich's 6-year-old daughter Lorelei suffers from severe seizures and she and other advocates believe marijuana oil extracts can save the lives of their seizure-wracked children while helping treat other ailments.

  • Budget bill passes, but Philly schools in limbo

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State senators finished Tuesday what Republican majority leaders viewed as the remaining pieces of budget-related legislation, although Democrats went away frustrated and a controversial bill remained undone eight days after the beginning of the new fiscal year. The Senate narrowly passed a key budget-related bill, 26-22, that is a companion to the $29.1 billion spending plan that is sitting on Gov. Tom Corbett's desk. Corbett, a Republican, has until Friday night ends to sign or veto the main budget bill before it becomes law on its own.

  • Oil pipeline leak on Fort Berthold reservation

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says an oil pipeline has leaked on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Kris Roberts is an environmental geologist with the Department. He says they were notified of the leak around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The pipeline is owned by Crestwood Midstream Services. Roberts says the department isn't sure how much oil has leaked yet. A response plan is still being put together. The leak is on the southeast side of Bear Den Bay, which is approximately 30 miles east of Watford City.

  • Interior secretary pledges $43M for conservation

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Tuesday that more than $43 million will be distributed from a federal fund for recreation and conservation projects nationwide, kicking off a weeklong campaign around the nation to support the fund's permanent renewal as Congress resumes. Jewell joined Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and other officials at Fort Worth's Gateway Park, partly built with money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Texas is set to receive $2.5 million, Jewell said. Offshore oil and gas royalties support the fund, which is scheduled to expire next year unless reauthorized by Congress. Less than half of the money paid into the U.S.

  • Chesapeake Energy wins appeals court decision

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    The 10th Circult Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision to throw out a case against Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. over the company’s founders well participation program.

  • Plea hearings set in Arch Coal kickback case

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has set plea hearings for 10 men accused of participating in a kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mine in West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston in Charleston has ordered hearings this month and next, at which the men are expected to plead guilty to various charges. Federal prosecutors say companies had to pay kickbacks to Arch employees to do business with Arch at its Mountain Laurel mining complex in Logan County. Prosecutors say Arch employees took nearly $2 million in kickbacks from 2007 to 2012. The investigation links the scheme to former Mountain Laurel general manager David Runyon, who's charged with extortion. His hearing is Aug. 7.

  • Soybeans slide again as traders expect huge crop

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Soybean prices fell again Tuesday as traders expect the U.S. crop to come in at a record in the fall. Favorable growing conditions for U.S. producers are putting downward pressure on prices. Traders are widely expecting this year's soybean crop to outstrip demand. The actively traded November contract for soybeans lost 9 cents to settle at $11.16 a bushel. It was the seventh straight day of declines for soybeans. Soybeans traded as high as $12.43 a bushel on June 26. Todd Hultman, a grains and beans analyst at DTN, said the U.S. government estimated on June 30 that U.S. growers have planted 84.8 million acres of soybeans, suggesting a record high crop of 3.8 billion bushels. Hultman said the weather across g

  • Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    ALEXANDER, N.D. (AP) — A lightning strike Monday sparked a fire and explosion that destroyed the third North Dakota saltwater disposal facility in recent weeks, sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky and leaving the smell of oil in the air. The latest incident was at a saltwater disposal well owned by Dallas-based 1804 Operating and located several miles south of the tiny town of Alexander. No injuries were reported. In a statement, the state's Department of Health said the incident led to the release of 2,813 barrels of saltwater and 649 barrels of oil. A barrel is 42 gallons. The Department of Health said some fluids flowed off site but were contained before they were able to reach a tributary leading to a

  • Oil slips closer to $103 as supply fears recede

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    The price of oil slipped closer to $103 a barrel Tuesday as concerns about supply disruptions continued to fade. Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery fell 13 cents to close at $103.40 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell $1.30 to close at $108.94 on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Oil has been falling steadily since it hit a 10-month closing high of $107.26 on June 20 as the Iraqi government has slowly re-established stability after an advance by insurgents. Meanwhile, an agreement in Libya between the central government and a regional militia is clearing the way for more exports there.

  • Third man faces charges in Vermont Gas protest

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Police say a third suspect sought after a protest at Vermont Gas in South Burlington has turned himself in. Police say Willy B. Levitt of Hardwick was issued a citation Tuesday to appear in court July 22 on a charge of simple assault. A group that opposes a Vermont Gas natural gas pipeline to extend service to Addison and Rutland counties protested outside of the company's headquarters on May 27. Police said two protesters went to the roof to display a banner while other demonstrators distracted a receptionist. Police say employees asked the protesters to move to the public sidewalk but they refused and then pushed an employee and struck her with a large chain as they were trying to

  • Miss. regulators seek input on carbon dioxide rule

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Public Service Commission is seeking input from others, including utilities, in its efforts to fight proposed federal rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from Mississippi's power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as part of a nationwide effort, proposed in June that Mississippi's carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38 percent lower in the year 2030 compared to 2005. Commissioners voted Tuesday to open the proceeding, acknowledging that it could also become a way to cope with the rules if they're finalized in their current form. They voted in June to submit comments opposing the rules. "We're adamantly opposed to some of the rules," said Central

  • Utah's narrow medical marijuana program begins

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has issued its first registration cards Tuesday morning under a limited medical marijuana program allowing those with severe epilepsy to possess a low-potency extract. The extract, called cannabidiol, doesn't have the psychoactive properties that get users high and is believed by some to reduce severe seizures. It can only be obtained from other states, as the program approved earlier this year by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert does not allow distribution of medical marijuana in Utah. The program, which expires in 2016, is restricted to those with severe epilepsy for whom the regular treatments are not effective, and it requires a neurologist's consent to obtain and use the extract.

  • Old Dominion hosting rooftop solar power project

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Dominion Virginia Power is marking the installation of solar panels on roof of Old Dominion University's recreation center. The state's largest utility and school officials in Norfolk dedicated the solar installation Tuesday. Dominion says more than 600 solar panels were installed on the roof of the school's student recreation center as part of its Solar Partnership Program. The Richmond-based energy provider says that the project at Old Dominion will generate 125 kilowatts for the electric grid, or enough to power 31 homes.

  • Montana regulators hold hearing on $900M dam deal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana utility regulators will determine whether electricity customers will have stable rates in the future or if they'll be subject to the whims of a volatile power-supply market, an attorney for NorthWestern Energy said Tuesday. Al Brogan told the Public Service Commission Tuesday that its decision to support or deny NorthWestern's $900 million plan to buy 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana is the most important decision that will be made in his lifetime. Brogan spoke during the opening of a two-week public hearing held by the commission at the state Capitol in Helena to determine whether the deal is in the public interest.

  • ND lawmakers propose more state aid for US 85

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group of North Dakota lawmakers is suggesting legislation that would devote more oil tax money to highway corridors impacted by energy development. The 12-member Energy Development and Transmission Committee unveiled draft legislation Tuesday that would set aside $75 million each two-year budget cycle for major improvements and construction of highway corridors. The committee's proposal would give priority to U.S. Highway 85, the main north-south corridor in western North Dakota's oil patch and a road that has seen an exponential increase of traffic with the oil boom. The bill will be considered by the Legislature when it convenes in January. The Legislature previously earmarked more than $300

  • New Jersey nuke plant goes offline for repair work

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The nation's oldest operating nuclear plant has been taken offline temporarily so crews can replace a piece of equipment. The Oyster Creek plant in Lacey Township was shut down at 8 p.m. Monday. Plant officials say the step was taken to support inspections and the replacement of a piece of safety equipment that operates valves located inside the drywell. Because the equipment is inside the drywell, this inspection cannot be performed while the reactor is in operation. Plant staffers will visually inspect the valves and replace components as necessary while the plant is shut down. It's not clear how long it will take to complete the work and the inspections. Oyster Creek is locat

  • Flaring rule not likely to impact Continental in North Dakota

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about Oklahoma energy and oil and gas companies. You can join our energy Q&A’s on the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about energy developments across the state. Below is an unedited transcript of Tuesday's chat. NewsOK 9:30 a.m. Good morning. Our energy team will be logging on at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Paul Monies 9:56 a.m. We'll be getting started in about five minutes. Paul Monies 10:04 a.m. OK. Let's get started. I'm your moderator, Paul Monies.