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Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony is sworn in for fifth term

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony is set to begin his fifth term. Anthony has been in office longer than any other utility commissioner in the country.

BY ADAM WILMOTH Published: December 28, 2012
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/articleid/3741133/1/pictures/1916632">Photo - Chief Justice Steven W. Taylor swears in Bob Anthony to his fifth term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday. Anthony’s wife, Nancy, holds the Bible.
Chief Justice Steven W. Taylor swears in Bob Anthony to his fifth term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday. Anthony’s wife, Nancy, holds the Bible.

In 1988, the Corporation Commission didn’t even have a fax machine, Anthony said.

Since Anthony started at the commission, programs have been added to monitor, maintain and clean underground fuel storage tanks and restore abandoned well sites. The commission also now oversees rebate programs for compressed natural gas conversions, and regulates quickly changing oil and natural gas drilling techniques.

Anthony’s experience has helped shape commission decisions and regulations, Commissioner Dana Murphy said.

“Commissioner Anthony’s historical commission knowledge can often be a useful component in developing modern solutions and decisions on issues we currently face,” Murphy said.

In recent years, Anthony has served on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the National Petroleum Counsel. He has been invited to speak throughout the country, particularly about regulating horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

“People are looking at Oklahoma,” state Energy Secretary Mike Ming said. “They’re looking at our low unemployment and economic development. They’re looking at a lot of the things we do and are calling them best practices. Commissioner Anthony has given a lot of exposure to the state for how we have worked with and regulated the industry.”


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