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More Bison Headed to Oklahoma

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The Cherokee Nation is adding to its bison herd in northeastern Oklahoma. The 50 new bison come from a national park in South Dakota. Last year the tribe brought in 68 head of bison to the 1,000 acre ranch.

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Feds Move to Shut Down Injector Wells

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17 more oil and natural gas wastewater injector wells have been shut down, this time in the Osage Nation which is under EPA jurisdiction. The move comes after the strongest earthquake on record hit the state last Saturday morning. So far the EPA has offered no details on the exact locations or owners of those 17 wells. Earlier state regulators shut down 37 injector wells.

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Oklahoma Senate Votes to Dump Energy Tax

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By a wide margin, the Oklahoma Senate approved a bill to end the tax break for "at risk oil wells". The OIPA was backing a proposal to cap the tax break at $25-million a year but the senate bill eliminated the tax break all together and made it retro-active to the first of this year. If the House approves, that would bring in an estimated $133-million dollars a year.

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Grant County Creek Polluted with Drilling Waste

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Special Energy Corporation working near Medford says a malfunctioning valve allowed thousands of barrels of drilling waste water to run into Polecate Creek. Clean up is underway now.,

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Hundreds More Injection Wells Facing Cutbacks

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More than 400 waste water injection wells will come under new orders from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission next week. This new Regional Plan the Commission is about to release will cover much of central Oklahoma and force injectors to cutback the amount of waste water being forced underground in an attempt to reduce man-made earthquakes.

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Aubrey McClendon Dies in Car Crash

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A day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury, natural gas industry leader Aubrey McClendon died in a single car crash. McClendon was the only person in the SUV that slammed into a concrete bridge pillar at a high rate of speed. No skid marks were found at the scene. McClendon was to turn himself into authorities later in the day in the federal price fixing case.

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Saudi Oil Official Says Production Cuts Won't Work

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In what will be seen as disappointing news to Oklahoma Oil and Gas Producers, Saudi Arabia's oil minister says production cuts to boost prices won't work. Ali Al-Naimi says instead the market place should be allowed to work even if some companies go out of business.

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Trading Halting in Chesapeake Energy After Prices Plunge

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Three times in a matter of hours this morning trading in Chesapeake Energy stock was halted as the value of the stock lost more than 50% in value. The price plunge began after reports that the company had hired a debt restructuring law firm.

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Hundreds of Oil Field Waste Injector Wells Told To Cutback

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A legal battle is expected to follow a new order from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to 245 oil field waste injector wells to cutback their volumes. It's part of the Commissions plan to address a growing number of strong earthquakes across parts of central and northern Oklahoma. The order covers more than 5,000 square miles.

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Corp Comm Strikes a Deal with Sandridge

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Sandridge Energy has reached an agreement with staff of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission over an order involving several of their saltwater disposal wells in the Medford and Cherokee area. The agreement ends a month long standoff that threatened for a time the Commissions ability to issue orders to operators to shut down wells as a way to try and stop earthquake swarms.

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Devon Energy Confirms Layoffs are Coming

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After hours of rumors, Devon Energy officials confirm that layoffs are coming to the Oklahoma City energy company. In a written statement a company spokesman says, "After careful consideration, it’s clear that layoffs will be a necessary part of the company’s near-term cost-management efforts." The statement says the layoffs will occur by the end of the first quarter.

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The New York Stock Exchange Begins Process to "Delist" Sandridge Energy

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Saying the company no longer is " suitable for listing based on abnormally low price levels" the NYSE has suspended trading in Sandridge Energy common stock and begun the process to delist the company from the exchange. Sandridge has yet to comment on the decision. The company's stock closed today at .15 per share.

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Fish Kill Blamed on Raw Sewage

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30,000 fish were killed in a creek that eventually flows into the Illinois river. A power failure is blamed for the diversion of industrial waste water to a treatment plant that could not handle it all. The waste came from a Sager Creek Foods plant in Arkansas. The waste ran into the creek which flows into Flint Creek that eventually empties into the Illinois River.

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New Oklahoma Wind Farm Would Produce Power for Missouri

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Duke Energy Renewables unveils plans to build a 2,000 megawatt wind farm near Blackwell Oklahoma. The farms 61 wind turbines would generate electricity for city utilities in Springfield Missouri. The project is expected to be complete by 2016.

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Corporation Commission Votes Against OG&E Rate Hike

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By a vote of 2 to 1 the Oklahoma Corporation Commission rejects a plan by O G & E to increase costs to customers by more than 15 percent in order to make changes to their power plants that would bring them into compliance with the EPA's Haze Rule. O G & E and the state of Oklahoma fought the EPA in court over the Haze rule requirements and lost there too.

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