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Oklahoman Published: August 16, 2013
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Clean Cities official honored

Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coordinator Yvonne Anderson recently was honored by the U.S. Department of Energy for her efforts to reduce the state's dependence on oil in transportation. Dennis Smith, the department's national Clean Cities director, inducted Anderson into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame on June 24 in a Washington, D.C., ceremony marking the program's 20th anniversary. “For 15 years, Yvonne Anderson has proven herself to be true pioneer and a dedicated mentor to others in the deployment of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, both in central Oklahoma and nationally,” Smith said. Anderson has been working with the Clean Cities program since 1998. Under her guidance, the coalition saved more than 3 million gallons of petroleum and averted more than 8,000 tons of greenhouse gases in 2012.

Power authority sets meeting

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority has set its annual electors' meeting for Sept. 12. The authority's nominating committee will recommend retaining current board members for new three-year terms. Duncan City Manager Jim Frieda, Altus City Administrator Elizabeth Gray and Perry Mayor Chuck Hall are sitting members, while Dale Bunn, Purcell's city manager, and Leslie Swinerton, the mayor of Geary, were appointed earlier this month to fill vacancies on the board. The electors' meeting is set for 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at OMPA's Edmond headquarters.

Murphy to host discussion

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy will host a town hall meeting next week in Perry to discuss horizontal drilling and related matters. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Perry High School auditorium. Murphy has hosted similar meetings across the state. “These meetings provide a chance for everyone to not only obtain the latest information, but also to ask questions and be heard,” Murphy said. Participants will include the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, National Association of Royalty Owners, Oklahoma Energy Resources Board and Devon Energy Corp.

Meeting to focus on bitumen

The Great Plains Tar Sand Resistance will host a discussion in Oklahoma City about the impact of development, transportation and refining bitumen from Canada's oil sands. Participants will discuss their experiences in resisting the Keystone XL pipeline and plan future protests. Members of Idle No More Central Oklahoma will be present as well. The event is set for 7 p.m. Sunday at The Red Cup, 3122 N Classen.

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