Power line shortage in Oklahoma hampers oil production

Producers have found a large amount of oil in northern and northwestern Oklahoma, but a shortage of power lines has threatened to slow development of the area.

BY ADAM WILMOTH Modified: November 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm •  Published: November 25, 2012
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One of the country’s fastest-growing oil fields is facing a power struggle.

Producers are trying to recover oil and natural gas from the Mississippi Lime formation and other fields in northwest Oklahoma and western Kansas, but their efforts are being slowed by insufficient access to electricity.

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