Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Wednesday he plans to file for a rehearing on a recent ruling on regional haze before the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. The state has until Sept. 3 to file for the rehearing. In July, a three-judge panel ruled 2-1 in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency. Judges ruled EPA had the authority to formulate its own plan after partially rejecting a state implementation plan to deal with emissions from power plants that affect visibility at national parks and wilderness areas. Pruitt said he strongly disagreed with the ruling and the EPA exceeded its authority. “Regional haze is about aesthetics, not health, and states have a say in how the regulations are implemented,” Pruitt said in a statement. “Part of that role is considering the cost to our consumers.”
Driller's CEO to step down in spring
TULSA — The chief executive of contract driller Helmerich and Payne Inc. will step down after next spring's annual stockholder meeting, the company announced Wednesday. CEO Hans Helmerich, who will not receive a severance payment, will retire as a company employee after the March 5 meeting. His responsibilities as CEO will be transferred to John W. Lindsay, who is the company's president and chief operating officer. Helmerich will retain his post as chairman of the company's board. “This is part of a plan I initiated with the board over four years ago. It matches a personal goal of serving 25 years as the company's CEO and then transitioning into another role,” Helmerich said. “I am honored the board has asked me to remain as chairman. I look forward to having additional time to pursue family and personal interests.” Lindsay, 52, joined Helmerich and Payne as a drilling engineer in 1987. He was appointed to his current posts last year. He also serves on the company's board.