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  • South Carolina editorial roundup

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: April 15 Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C., on the CBD oil bill: If they are willing to hammer out a compromise, state lawmakers still have a chance to pass legislation this year that could greatly improve ill South Carolinians' lives. Both the House and Senate have passed versions of a bill put forth by Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, allowing limited access to cannabidiol oil (CBD), a marijuana extract that many have found helps with epilepsy and other conditions. That may include Mary Louise Swing, a 6-year-old who lives in Mount Pleasant and suffers between 20 and 60 seizures an hour despite being on two medications.

  • Manchin urges mines to speak out about coal

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — The Democratic senator leading the battle against the White House's strategy to fight climate change urged the mining industry on Tuesday to speak out about coal's role in providing affordable, reliable electricity to the country to help combat strict new emissions rules for coal-fired power plants. Speaking to the National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Sen. Joe Manchin said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not being reasonable in proposing that future coal plants reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing carbon. Manchin and other opponents say such technology is years away from being commercially viable. "They're hearing us loud and clear. I just need more voices

  • Oil falls ahead of Ukraine meeting, US supply data

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The price of oil fell Tuesday ahead of talks aimed at defusing tensions over Ukraine and the latest report on U.S. oil supplies. Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery slid 30 cents to close at $103.75 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Monday, the Nymex contract rose 31 cents. Brent crude, a benchmark used for international varieties of oil, dropped 33 cents to $108.74 on the ICE Futures exchange in London after hitting a six-week high. Officials from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are set to meet in Geneva on Thursday for negotiations aimed at persuading Russia to back off in Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea.

  • Shell to discuss petrochemical plant proposal

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shell Oil Co. plans to hold public meetings Wednesday to discuss the possibility of building a huge petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania. In early 2012, Shell chose a site about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh for the possible multibillion-dollar plant, and the company has purchased property in the area and sought bids from suppliers. That same year, it also got what lawmakers call Pennsylvania's largest ever taxpayer-financed incentive package. But Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon said there's still no guarantee that the project will be built.

  • Pa. man admits to tampering with electric meters

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia man has admitted to tampering with utility meters in the city and suburbs, reducing the monthly electrical bills for more than two dozen PECO customers. Forty-seven-year-old Marcelino Cuadra pleaded guilty Monday in Montgomery County Court to corrupt organizations and theft of services. Prosecutors said that from December 2009 to October 2012, Cuadra was paid to manipulate meters of homeowners and business owners in Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. The loss to PECO is nearly $350,000. Authorities say Cuadra was not a former PECO employee or licensed electrician and had no documented training to work on utility meters.

  • Engineers meeting in Tulsa share technologies to boost oil production

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The 19th Improved Oil Recovery Symposium in Tulsa showcases the ways companies are boosting oil production with new technologies.

  • Court upholds convictions in Ky. oil drilling scam

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two brothers who defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors in an oil and gas drilling scheme lost a bid Tuesday to have their convictions and sentences overturned. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that prosecutors presented enough evidence to back their contention that 53-year-old Christopher Cello Smith of Prestonsburg, Ky., and 58-year-old Michael D. Smith of Cookeville, Tenn., defrauded thousands of investors. The Smiths ran a company called Target Oil and Gas. Prosecutors said the company asked investors to fund drilling projects in Kentucky, Texas, West Virginia and Tennessee but used fraudulent marketing materials and false geological surveys to persuade them.

  • Md. probes energy suppliers amid cost complaints

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Public Service Commission says it's investigating five retail energy suppliers amid customer complaints about high gas and electricity bills last winter. One of the companies, Major Energy Services of Orangeburg, N.Y., said Tuesday it didn't do anything wrong. It says its rates were in line with the marketplace. The others didn't immediately respond to queries from The Associated Press. Customers complained of misrepresentations about variable rate contracts. They also complained of what the commission calls "unexpected and drastic" price increases. The other companies under investigation are American Power Partners of Williamsville, N.Y.; Blue Pilot Energy of Las Vegas; XOOM Energy

  • AAA: Okla. gas prices hit 7-month high on tax day

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says the statewide average price for gasoline is the highest it's been since September. AAA says Oklahoma's average price for a gallon of regular self-serve hit $3.47 Tuesday, the highest price since Sept. 15. Prices ranged from a high of $3.56 a gallon in Stillwater and Ponca City to a low of about $3.37 in Lawton. Drivers in Oklahoma City are paying $3.44 per gallon while those in Tulsa are paying nearly $3.52. The national average is $3.64. AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai says gas prices in the state have been in the $3.40 to $3.47 range for the past month being below $3 as recently as the day after Christmas. Mai says declining inventories and signs of rebounding demand hav

  • Fighting threatens an oil center in South Sudan

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil-rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. U.N. peacekeepers rescued 10 oil workers from the violence, but not before five were wounded. U.N. peacekeepers from Mongolia rescued 10 staff members from the Russian oil company Safinat just north of the city of Bentiu, said Joe Contreras, a U.N. spokesman. He said two of the five wounded were in critical condition. A rebel commander, speaking by phone from Unity state, said rebel forces recaptured Bentiu from government troops.

  • Oil falls to near $103 ahead of Ukraine meeting

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The price of oil fell to near $103 a barrel Tuesday ahead of talks aimed at defusing tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was down 92 cents to $103.13 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Monday, the Nymex contract rose 31 cents. Brent crude, a benchmark used for international varieties of oil, was down 68 cents to $108.39 on the ICE Futures exchange in London after hitting a six-week high. Officials from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are set to meet in Geneva on Thursday for negotiations aimed at persuading Russia to back off in Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for April 15

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $100.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $88.50 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted March 27: COMPLETION Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Means 2511 No. 2-25H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 25-25N-11W; 203.76 barrels oil per day, 1,810,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,889. Canadian: Cimarex Energy Co.; Golden No. 3-3H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 03-13N-10W; 3,935,000 cu-ft gas per day, 113.8 barrels oil per day; TD 17,525. Cimarex Energy Co.; Golden No. 4-3H Well; SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 03-13N-10W; 4,875,000 cu-ft gas per day, 95.4

  • Azerbaijan's ambassador talks about energy security with Oklahoma leaders

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United States, was in Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday to talk about global energy security.

  • Oklahoma House passes solar surcharge bill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A bill that would allow regulated electric utilities to impose a surcharge on customers who install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.

  • University of Oklahoma's energy-focused MBA program offers global perspective

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business has started an Executive Master of Business Administration degree in Energy.

  • Shareholder proposes alternative to sale of Oklahoma City-based Equal

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Montclair Energy LLC on Friday proposed an alternative to Equal Energy Ltd’s proposed sale to Petroflow Energy Corp.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for April 12

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $100.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $88.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted March 26: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Chesapeake Operating, Inc.; Monty 3-27-11 No. 1H Well; S1/2 S1/2 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 03-27N-11W; 221 barrels oil per day, 1,053,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 9,515. Chesapeake Operating, Inc.; Pierson 5-25N-11 No. 1H Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 05-25N-11W; 58 barrels oil per day, 527,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,416. Carter: Mack Energy Co.; Rick No. 1-6 Well; S1/2 NE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 of 06-02S-02W; 32 barrels oil per day; TD 4,000. Ellis: Jones Energy,

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 12, 2014

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for April 12, 2014

  • Oklahoma City's Enable Midstream begins trading on NYSE

    BY JAY F. MARKS, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Common units of Oklahoma City pipeline firm Enable Midstream Partners LP began trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • 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.