Oklahoma energy briefs for Nov. 16

Oklahoma energy briefs for Nov. 16
Oklahoman Modified: November 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012
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Viking's rates are investigated

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has opened an investigation into rates charged by Viking Gas Transmission Co., which is owned by Tulsa-based ONEOK Partners LP. The investigation will determine whether Viking is charging its customers unreasonable rates. Viking transports natural gas coming from Canada to pipelines serving markets in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Its current rates were approved by the commission in a 2002 settlement.

Devon makes top 50 list

Devon Energy Corp. has been ranked as one of the country's top 50 most community-minded companies. The Oklahoma City oil and natural gas company was named to The Civic 50, which ranks S&P 500 companies on how they use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. “We are pleased and proud to be recognized for our efforts to support the communities that surround our operations,” CEO John Richels said. “Our communities are important to us. We strive to be a good neighbor, and we're glad it shows.” Devon, which ranked No. 41, was the only Oklahoma company and only energy company on the list.

Anchor drilling opens facility

— Tulsa-based Anchor Drilling Fluids USA Inc. has opened the first permanent drilling fluids production facility in Ohio. The Wellsville, Ohio, facility will service the emerging Utica and Marcellus Shale plays. Anchor's products and engineering services are designed to reduce drilling costs and bring production online earlier.

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