• Tribe official: Tests not shared on brine spill

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    WHITE SHIELD, N.D. (AP) — The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he's been shut out of the tribe's response to a massive saltwater spill on its North Dakota reservation, and criticized leaders for leaving the public "in the absolute dark" on its severity. Edmund Baker's remarks came at an environmental forum this week on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, home to Three Affiliated Tribes and the source of almost one-third of the state's 1 million barrels of daily oil production. Baker, who is running for tribal chairman this fall, said he hasn't been allowed to see water or soil test results even though his job includes making sure the tribe is upholding its environmental code.

  • Panel denies electric rate cut for smelting plant

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators denied a request Wednesday from the state's largest electricity consumer to cut its electric rates by about 25 percent and pass the difference along to other customers of Ameren Missouri. In an order accompanying its 5-0 vote, the Public Service Commission said it was unconvinced by Noranda Aluminum Inc.'s assertion that it faced a "liquidity crisis" or that the rate cut was crucial to the future of its large smelting plant in southeast Missouri. Noranda pays Ameren about $160 million a year in base electric rates to power the New Madrid smelting plant, which has nearly 900 employees. The company said the reduction it requested in February would amount to about $48 mill

  • Energy secretary pushes for nuclear power

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz championed the use of nuclear power and urged politicians and leaders in the energy industry to adapt and modernize energy production to help minimize the fallout from global warming. Moniz stopped to speak in Idaho Falls on Wednesday at the inaugural Intermountain Energy Summit as part of his weeklong tour throughout the West. Idaho's Republican congressmen Jim Risch, Mike Crapo and Mike Simpson also spoke during the conference. "The predictions of a world where we do nothing predict unhealthy outcomes for our forests," Moniz said. "Working hard on it means innovating energy technology. And I want to emphasize, the goal of energy is very simple, keep the costs do

  • NC taxpayers to spend $12M for plant to meet code

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Taxpayers will help one of the largest industrial employers and worst polluters in western North Carolina get cleaner to stay in production. The state House on Wednesday gave final approval to sending $12 million in aid from taxpayers to the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Haywood County. Mountain lawmakers said the money was needed to preserve about 1,000 jobs and about $100 million in annual payroll that circulates through the local economy. Evergreen Packaging wanted the money to replace two coal-fired boilers with natural gas-powered units costing $50 million. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is forcing it to replace its coal-fired boiler at a cost the company estimates at $50 million.

  • Oil-tax opponents vow to monitor industry promises

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Early results indicate Alaska's new petroleum-tax system will be spared an early death by referendum. If the vote holds up, opponents vowed Wednesday to track promises its supporters made and pounce if they prove to be false. Ballot Measure No. 1 proposed a repeal of Gov. Sean Parnell's "More Alaska Production Act," approved last year as Senate Bill 21 and in effect since Jan. 1. As of Wednesday, the repeal was failing by almost 6,800 votes out of 153,164 cast but too close to call. The Vote No on 1 campaign said the law would mean more jobs for Alaskans, more oil production, more money in the Alaska Permanent Fund and "more economic growth for everyone." State Sen.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for Aug. 20

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $91 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $79 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Aug. 1: COMPLETION Beaver: Chaparral Energy LLC; Anderson No. 4H 27-34 Well; NW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 27-01N-20E; 8 barrels oil per day, 11,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,560. Garfield: Plymouth Exploration LLC; Toews No. 2-17H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 of 17-24N-04W; 190 barrels oil per day, 611,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,237. Kingfisher: Hinkle Oil & Gas Inc.; Bollenbach No. 2-29H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 of 29-17N-05W; 365 barrels oil per day, 368,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for Aug. 19

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $93 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $81 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 31: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Chesapeake Operating Inc.; Lodge Trust 18-27-10 No. 2H Well; NE1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 SW1/4 (BHL) of 18-27N-10W; 58 barrels oil per day, 653,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 7,786. SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Bernard Trust 2412 No. 2-24H Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 24-24N-12W; 557.7 barrels oil per day, 1,144,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,361. Carter: XTO Energy Inc.; Eva Mae No. 1-35H Well; NE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 35-03S-03E; 194 barrels oil per day,

  • Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources stock to split

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Continental Resources Inc. will conduct a two-for-one stock split next month.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for Aug. 16

    Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $93.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $81.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 30: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Chesapeake Operating Inc.; Linda Marie 19-27-10 No. 1H Well; NW1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 19-27N-10W; 80 barrels oil per day, 590,000 cu-ft gas per day; Chesapeake Operating Inc.; Linda Marie 19-27-10 No. 2H Well; NW1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 19-27N-10W; 82 barrels oil per day, 647,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 9,898. Chesapeake Operating Inc.; Lodge Trust 18-27-10 No. 1H Well; SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 NW1/4 (BHL) of 18-27N-10W; 130 barrels oil per day, 782,000 cu-ft

  • Norman meeting on fracking draws hundreds

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Hundreds of people filled a meeting room at the Norman Public Library this week to discuss hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and whether Norman and other cities in Oklahoma and other states have the right to regulate the process.

  • Oklahoma City area real estate briefs, Aug. 16

    Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City area real estate briefs, Aug. 16

  • Oklahoma oil company achieves production milestone

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based Chaparral Energy Inc. reached a production milestone in May, when it produced 1 million barrels of oil equivalent in a month for the first time.

  • Oil and gas prices for Aug. 15

    Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $92 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $80 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 29: COMPLETION Canadian: Cimarex Energy Co.; Bomhoff No. 1H-11X Well; SE11/4 NW11/4 NE11/4 NW11/4 (BHL) of 02-14N-10W; 229,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 21,363. Cimarex Energy Co.; Bomhoff No. 2-11H Well; NW11/4 SW11/4 SW11/4 SE11/4 (SL) of 11-14N-10W; 70 barrels oil per day, 912,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 15,877. Cimarex Energy Co.; Leota No. 1-19H Well; SE11/4 SW11/4 SW11/4 SW11/4 (SL) of 19-13N-08W; 250.8 barrels oil per day, 1,001,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 16,349. Newfield

  • Oklahoma energy briefs

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Oklahoma energy briefs

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy sets meeting to discuss new solar, wind bill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy is organizing a meeting in September to study how to implement Senate Bill 1456, which allows utilities to set up a new category of customers with rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for Aug. 14

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $94 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $82 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 28: COMPLETION Carter: XTO Energy Inc.; Herriot No. 2-33H34 Well; E1/2 SE1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 33-03S-03E; 458 barrels oil per day, 2,429,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 17,020. XTO Energy Inc.; Sammie No. 4-33H Well; E1/2 SE1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 of 33-03S-03E; 560 barrels oil per day, 2,838,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 17,346. XTO Energy Inc.; Sammie No. 5-33H Well; E1/2 SE1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 of 33-03S-03E; 470 barrels oil per day, 2,658,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 17,089. Marshall: Merit Energy Co.;

  • Report: Diesel still used in hydraulic fracturing in dozen states

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The Environmental Integrity Project claims companies in 12 states illegally used diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing operations on more than 350 wells, an accusation denied by the industry.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission approves wind farm study

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission will study wind farm siting, decommissioning and landowner notification in the coming months as part of a notice of inquiry requested by the Legislature.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for Aug. 13

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $93.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $81.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 25: COMPLETION Garvin: Ranken Energy Corp.; Cooper No. 1-9 Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 of 09-03N-02W; 93 barrels oil per day; TD 7,390. Hughes: PetroQuest Energy LLC; Wanda No. 1-4H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (BHL) of 04-06N-11E; 5,064,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,318. Kay: Range Production Co. LLC; Teton No. 10-28H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 NE1/4 (SL) of 28-25N-01W; 136 barrels oil per day, 355,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 7,744. Payne: American Energy-Woodford LLC; Clary 1 18N 2E

  • Weakest oil demand growth since 2012 allays supply risk, IEA says

    By Grant Smith, Bloomberg News | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The International Energy Agency cut estimates for oil demand growth this year and next after the annual expansion in fuel consumption slowed to 700,000 barrels a day in the second quarter, the lowest level since early 2012.