DHS can help with energy bills
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has about $22 million in federal funds available to help residents pay their summer energy bills. The agency will begin taking applications July 9 for the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Applications are available at local DHS service centers. Eligibility is based on household income and assets. Applicants must provide their most recent electric bill and verification of income information.
Agritourism bus tour planned
A bus tour of Oklahoma agritourism attractions is planned for June 28. The focus of the tour is U-pick farms where participants can pick produce, including peaches, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Stops include Thunderbird Berry Farm, Livesay Orchards, Stone Bluff Cellars, and Owasso Tree and Berry Farm. The event is organized by the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the state Tourism and Recreation Department. The bus leaves from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25, which includes all meals and materials. To register, call 488-7532.
Love's opens new CNG station
GUTHRIE — Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores on Friday celebrated the grand opening of its newest compressed natural gas fueling station at 2530 E Noble in Guthrie. The station, which opened in partnership with Chesapeake Energy Corp., is the first CNG fueling station in Guthrie. Love's plans to open at least 10 CNG fueling stations in Oklahoma this year to make the fuel more accessible to drivers looking for a cheaper, cleaner alternative to gasoline or diesel. “As more corporate and government entities convert their fleets and consumer demand for natural gas vehicles grows, Love's wants to be ready to meet the needs of our customers,” Love's spokesman Jenny Love Meyer said.
Oil, natural gas rigs increase
HOUSTON — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is up four this week to 1,984. Houston-based, oil-field services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 1,414 rigs were exploring for oil and 565 were looking for gas. Five were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago this week, Baker Hughes reported 1,855 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Colorado gained fours rigs and Louisiana three, while California, Oklahoma and Texas each were up two. Alaska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming all were unchanged.
From Staff Reports