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.
Mexco Energy tells of two wells
Mexco Energy Corp. announced this week it had participated in drilling two horizontal wells in Ellis County's Cottage Grove formation. The Texas-based company is a working interest co-owner in the wells with operator Mewbourne Oil Co. The new wells are expected to yield an average of 583 barrels of oil and 1.75 million cubic feet of natural gas a day.
Law firm seeks action in BP case
NEW ORLEANS — A New Orleans law firm has asked a federal judge to lift a hold on processing BP oil spill claims for hundreds of its clients while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates allegations of misconduct by an attorney who referred a client to the firm. A court filing Thursday by Andry Lerner LLC said there is no evidence that Lionel Sutton III was paid any money to influence the firm's claims while he worked as a staff attorney for claims administrator Patrick Juneau's office. Freeh is investigating allegations that Sutton received a portion of settlement proceeds for claims he referred to Andry Lerner before joining Juneau's staff.
Marcellus Shale production is up
PITTSBURGH — Marcellus Shale natural gas production is rising even faster this year than energy experts predicted, and that's having a national impact on energy. Bentek, a Colorado company that analyzes energy trends, says that 2013 production in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is up about 50 percent compared to last year. Figures from the pipelines that take gas out of the Marcellus show that in the first six months of the year Pennsylvania produced about 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas, with projections for a year-end total of about 3.2 trillion cubic feet. That yearly number translates into the energy equivalent of about 550 million barrels of oil.
From Staff and Wire Reports