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Why Oklahoma Gets a Bill When the Oil and Gas Industry Abandons a Well

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To drill an oil, gas or disposal well in Oklahoma, operators have to post a bond with the Corporation Commission. But the financial requirements to drill in Oklahoma are the lowest in the region — too low to cover the risk of abandoned wells, the Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports.

Report: Oklahoma No. 5 In Gas Price ‘Vulnerability’

Oklahoma ranked No. 5 in the percent of income drivers spent on gasoline in 2011. Click here to read more from the NRDC's report.

The average Oklahoma driver spent $2,818 on gasoline in 2011 — or about 7.56 percent of their annual income — the fifth-highest in the country, according to a new report from a national environmental group. Last year, Oklahoma ranked No. 6 in the National Resource Defense Council report, which used data from 2010. (Right-click here [...]

Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon’s ‘Big Bet’: A Cold Winter

Cold winter and natural gas prices

Devon Energy and Continental Resources will hedge oil and natural gas in 2013, but not Chesapeake Energy. The Oklahoma City natural gas giant’s CEO Aubrey McClendon is going all-in on a bold weather wager, reports the Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo: He’s betting that a cold winter will drive up demand for the heating fuel, increasing [...]

Too Much, Too Fast: Why Vision2 Failed and What’s Next

Both proposals went down on election night, but voters likely haven't seen the last of Vision2.

The polling ahead of this year’s election was mostly accurate. But one Oklahoma poll was among those that missed the mark badly when, just days before the election, it showed Tulsa County’s Vision2 tax extension headed for victory. Close to 60 percent of respondents said they were in favor of Arkansas River dam upgrades and [...]

Top SandRidge Investor Wants CEO Out, Possible Sale


A top SandRidge investor wants the Oklahoma City energy company to consider selling itself and is calling for CEO Tom Ward to step down. TPG-Axon Capital, an investment firm that owns 4.5 percent of SandRidge’s stock, went after the company’s board of directors in a letter by the firm’s founder Dinakar Singh, reports the Journal [...]

Tulsa’s Vision2 Ballot Question Surrounded by Uncertainty

Wayne Thomas, power plant maintenance director at American Airlines' Tulsa base, says many of the hangers at the facility are outdated and in need of upgrades, or work will have to go elsewhere.

The Vision2 proposal is up for a vote Tuesday in Tulsa County. It’s a $750 million sales tax extension that would spread millions to the county and its communities for quality of life improvements of their choosing. But the largest portion of Vision2 spending is earmarked for economic development, and most of that money will be [...]

Vision2 Battle in Tulsa is Greenbacks vs. Grassroots

Supporters of Tulsa’s Vision2 tax package have a lot more campaign cash than their opponents. While Vision2 proponents have almost $600,000 on hand, anti-tax package team Citizens for a Better Vision have a war chest with about $11,000 in cash and in-kind donations, reports the Tulsa World‘s Brian Barber, who sifted through campaign finance reports [...]

Canola is Coming: Why Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Might Give a Crop


Northstar Agri Industries on Monday announced plans to build a canola processing plant in Enid. Construction won’t begin for a year, The Oklahoman‘s Paula Burkes reports, but the plant means more than 50 jobs for the state. The bigger news, however, is for Oklahoma farmers — especially wheat farmers. So why should the state’s grain [...]

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