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  • Ohio will monitor fracking after finding link to quakes

    By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Under Ohio’s new permit conditions, all new drilling sites within 3 miles of a known fault or seismic activity of 2.0 magnitude or higher will be conditioned on the installation of sensitive seismic-monitoring equipment.

  • Wind industry project pipeline filling back up in Oklahoma, nation

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    After a slow start to 2013, wind development plans gained momentum and more than 100 projects were under construction across the country by the end of the year, the American Wind Energy Association said in its annual report.

  • Alaska Senate passes capital budget

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state Senate passed a $2.2 billion state capital budget Friday, along with a bill to raise the borrowing limit of the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority as part of an overall package to help build a new heat and power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Reconsideration was served on the budget, meaning it could be voted on again before going to the House. Friday's vote was 19-1, with Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, voting against. Wielechowski said he didn't think the budget had sufficient regional balance and that the amount for Anchorage should have been higher. Other lawmakers defended the budget as fair and reasonable, given the state's budget situation.

  • Arizona governor signs manufacturer tax cut law

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters, a move she said was needed to make the state more attractive to large businesses. Brewer signed Senate Bill 1413 at a Capitol ceremony attended by a couple of dozen business leaders, calling it "another smart tax reform that will bolster job creation in Arizona and our competitive edge." The tax cut is expected to cost the state general fund at least $17 million a year. Brewer also vetoed money in the state budget designed to help counties make up for the losses, saying their loss was small and would set a bad precedent.

  • Owner to study new uses for closing shipyard

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries said it will look at redeveloping its Avondale, La., shipyard with a Texas-based pipeline company. After a six-month study, the companies could form a joint venture to redevelop the shipyard near New Orleans, which otherwise is expected lay off most of its 740 employees this summer. "The joint study will explore opportunities ranging from manufacturing to terminal operations," Huntington Ingalls spokeswoman Beci Brenton wrote in an email. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is the nation's largest pipeline company, transporting petroleum products, natural gas and carbon dioxide. It also runs petroleum terminals and stores natural gas. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

  • Judge to look again at releasing Kemper records

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge will sort out which records about Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County power plant should be released to a group that opposes the plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas should release information sought by the Bigger Pie Forum, while withholding other information about the $5 billion complex that Mississippi Power wants kept secret. "Bigger Pie is entitled to the January 2009 natural gas price forecasts and (carbon dioxide) price assumptions," Presiding Justice Michael Randolph wrote in a unanimous opinion.

  • Judge makes ruling in Kankakee-area pipeline leak

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a Kankakee County judge has ordered two pipeline operators to help her office investigate a 1,500-gallon petroleum gas spill last month. Madigan's office said Friday that a judge has ordered Wood River Pipe Lines LLC and Buckeye Partners LP to provide her office and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency with reports on cleanup work at the site. The spill happened in Kankakee County near Route 113 on March 14. The attorney general also says the judge ruled that the companies must submit proposals for monitoring and remediating contaminated soil and groundwater. The judge's order also requires the companies to test for contaminated well water and monitor the Kank

  • Vermont program could grow to meet heat pump boom

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Money from Vermont's statewide energy efficiency program could be used to install electric heat pumps — and insulation in the houses where they are going — under legislation endorsed Friday by the Vermont Senate. The program, Efficiency Vermont, traditionally used money raised through a charge on electric bills to help people install more efficient lighting, appliances and business equipment. In 2008, the Legislature expanded EVT's mission to include thermal efficiency — insulation of buildings to save on heat — but required that funding for that effort come from sources other than the charge on electric bills.

  • US levies more sanctions over Crimea takeover

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Friday sanctioned the former vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, six Crimean separatist leaders and a Crimea-based gas company over Russia's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula. "Crimea is occupied territory," said David Cohen, the undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. "We will continue to impose costs on those involved in ongoing violations of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity." Russia's incursion into Crimea has escalated tensions to between Moscow and Washington.

  • Norman residents question drilling company's use of drinking water

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    A Texas-based oil company has a legal permit to use Norman drinking water for its drilling operation on Norman’s east side, but some residents say the practice should be prohibited.

  • Fracking, horizontal drilling work best in the U.S.

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The technology that has allowed domestic energy companies to produce oil and natural gas from shale and other dense rocks has transformed economies throughout North America, but development likely would be more difficult internationally.

  • Edmond company has accountant to help with CNG decision

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Champion CNG in Edmond established ties with a local accountant to help customers understand the financial implication of switching to natural gas for a vehicle fuel.

  • Panel approves plans for new Oklahoma City Kimray campus

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Some area residents are concerned about the potential for noise and traffic from the development.

  • 11 Senate Democrats favor Keystone XL pipeline

    By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The five-year review of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline has been “exhaustive in its time, breadth and scope” and has taken longer than reasonably justified, the senators wrote to President Barack Obama.

  • U.S. natural gas moving globally

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Speakers at the OU Energy Symposium on Thursday discussed how the growing demand for domestic liquefied natural gas exports likely will affect the economies both inside and outside the country.

  • Steps are underway to protect U.S. energy grid, regulator says

    By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Cheryl LaFleur, acting chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said employees are “wiping and scrubbing all databases” and taking other steps to protect sensitive information.

  • U.S. reports oil reserves highest since 1976

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The report says reserves grew 4.5 billion barrels, or 15 percent, to 33 billion barrels in 2012.

  • Oklahoma energy briefs for April 11, 2014

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Oklahoma energy briefs for April 11, 2014

  • Oil industry rallies at Oklahoma state Capitol

    BY JAY F. MARKS, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association staged a Rally for the Rigs on Wednesday at the state Capitol to lobby for the industry.

  • Oil and gas prices for April 10

    Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $100 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $88 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted March 21: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Chesapeake Operating Inc.; Pronghorn 4-26-11 No. 1H Well; N1/2 N1/2 NW1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 04-26N-11W; 103 barrels oil per day, 740,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,196. Carter: Citation Oil & Gas Corp.; Wildcat Jim Unit No. 17A Well; SW1/4 NW1/4 SW1/4 NE1/4 of 08-02S-02W; 7 barrels oil per day; TD 3,075. Cleveland: Arrowhead Energy Inc.; Bowling No. 1-16 Well; E1/2 W1/2 NW1/4 SE1/4 of 16-09N-01E; 20 barrels oil per day; TD 5,955. Creek: Pantera Energy Co.;