Warmth pushes down index
Warmer weather pushed down the Oklahoma Energy Index in March, marking the first contraction of the index measuring oil and natural gas industry activity in the state. The index decreased 0.44 percent to 257.27 in March, but it is still up 5.54 percent over last year. The index is a joint project of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Bank SNB and the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute. “While changes in crude oil and natural gas prices are expected due to seasonality, we have continued to see strong momentum in the energy markets across our footprint,” said Chris Mostek, the bank’s vice president of energy lending.
Well Site Safety winners named
The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board recognized 21 state students at Tuesday’s Well Site Safety Day for their efforts to educate others about the dangers of playing at well sites. OERB sponsors a coloring contest and poster contest for students from kindergarten to sixth grade. “Children need to understand that well sites are not safe places to hang out or play,” Executive Director Mindy Stitt said. “The art contests help us teach students about well site safety in a way that is fun and creative.” The winners were:
•Kindergarten coloring contest: Cambri Castleman, Denison Public Schools in Idabel; Ava Arnold, Zarrow International School in Tulsa; Landon Harkins, Eastside Elementary in Chandler
•First-grade coloring contest: Sophie Trojanowski, Bowlegs Elementary; Brayden George, Maryetta Schools in Stillwater; Kassidy Pickard, Twin Hills Elementary in Okmulgee
•Second-grade coloring contest: Lane Womack, Duke Schools; Emili Reyes, Whitebread Schools in Paul’s Valley; Addison Byers, Blackwell Elementary
•Poster contest: Kinley Crosling, Purcell Intermediate; Brianna Mills, North Rock Creek in Shawnee; Macy Courter, St. Paul’s School in Enid.
•Poster contest runners up: Keila Rojo, Purcell Intermediate; Haley Schreck, Canute Elementary; Skylar Cooley, Hartshorne Elementary; Katie Stephenson, Maryetta Schools in Stillwell; Carli Jenkins, Bethel Middle School in Shawnee; Ryleigh Guevara, Checotah Intermediate; Brent Carter, Keifer Public Schools; Conor Castleman, Denison Schools in Idabel; Mason McGehee, Byng Elementary in Ada
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