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Five-state plan to protect lesser prairie chicken endorsed by federal agency

October 24, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that it has endorsed a plan by Oklahoma and four other states to protect the lesser prairie chicken, a victory for those trying to keep the bird off the federal list of protected species. Full Story >>

Congressmen offer input on EPA study

December 16, 2009

Twenty-two Democratic Congressmen have sent a letter to EPA head Lisa Jackson with their advice on the agency's review of hydraulic fracturing. Full Story >>

EPA tells lawyers to edit video

November 13, 2009

A husband/wife team of EPA lawyers have been told to make changes to a YouTube video they posted that is critical of climate change legislation. Full Story >>

Environmentalists find friend in EPA appointment

November 09, 2009

Environmentalists are celebrating the appointment of Dr. Al Armendariz as the EPA's Region 6 administrator. Full Story >>

The benefit of climate change legislation

September 17, 2009

Michael Morris, president of AEP, says climate change legislation could be a good thing. If written correctly, action from Congress would at least keep the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. Full Story >>

EPA denies Inhofe request

August 11, 2009

U.S. EPA Adminstrator Lisa Jackson has denied a request from Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe to perform a new economic analysis of the House-passed climate and energy bill. Full Story >>

Fracking not the culprit in Texas water contamination

December 14, 2010

Range Resources was chastised by the EPA earlier this month when the federal agency accused the Houston-based driller of contaminating drinking water while drilling in the Barnett Shale. Now, a natural gas industry newsletter says there's proof that natural gas has been detected in water wells long before drilling began in the area. Full Story >>

EPA action in Texas escalates fight over state regulations

December 09, 2010

The EPA issued an emergency order against Range Resources Tuesday, accusing the company of contaminating an aquifer. The order was an unprecedented move, in part because the federal body the state agency responsible for overseeing oil and gas drilling in the state. Full Story >>

Producers question costs of EPA rule

November 12, 2010
TOPICS: EPA, In the news

The EPA's new air quality regulations for the oil and gas industry take affect in January, and independent producers across the state, including the OIPA, say the new rules will be costly to the oil and gas industry and put some marginal wells at risk. Full Story >>

How not to get an 'unbiased' report

January 18, 2011

The EPA has selected its Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan Review Panel. All but four of the 23 panel members are affiliated with research universities and none is currently employed by an oil or natural gas company.  Six panel members are from Pennsylvania. Full Story >>

EPA study confirms hydraulic fracturing is no threat to drinking water

June 16, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a long-awaited, exhaustive study on hydraulic fracturing’s effects on drinking water.

In a nutshell: It has none.

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OIPA chairman testifies on impact of EPA overreach

June 07, 2012

OIPA chairman Bob Sullivan appeared before Congress, offering a first hand account of how EPA's enforcement practices negatively impact oil and gas production in Oklahoma and across the country.
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Inhofe blasts EPA attempts to 'crucify' oil and gas

April 26, 2012

UPDATE: EPA region 6 administrator Al Armendariz has resigned after Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla, made public Armendariz's 2010 remarks that he sought to "crucify" companies that don't follow environmental regulations.  Top administrator Lisa Jackson accepted Armendariz's resignation. "I respect the difficult decision he made and his wish to avoid distracting from the important work of the agency," Jackson said in a statement.

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Oil and Gas Roundup — March 12

March 12, 2015

A roundup of oil and natural gas industry news from around the state, nation and world:
Measure banning local drilling rules passes Oklahoma House
Obama downplays Keystone, ignores State Department research on pipeline
Activists to blame seismicity on injection wells, but USGS sees it differently
Biofuel group proposes changes to RFS
Inhofe, GOP highlight state objections to EPA climate rule Full Story >>

OIPA comments on Pruitt appointment

February 17, 2017

OIPA congratulates Scott Pruitt on his confirmation to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. As a businessman and public servant, Scott Pruitt understands the impact regulation and legislation have in the business world, and the rational and reasonable approach to energy regulation he will offer gives energy-producing states like Oklahoma greater hope for a brighter future. Full Story >>

Inhofe works to block EPA climate plan

February 04, 2011

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is leading an effort to block EPA from regulating carbon emissions, a move that, unsurprisingly, has drawn criticism from Democrats. Full Story >>

OIPA comments on Pruitt confirmation

February 02, 2017

Scott Pruitt’s confirmation by the EPW committee is a step in the right direction for Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry. For the past eight years, increased, unnecessary and burdensome regulations have been put in place by a White House administration bent on slowing oil and natural gas production. Full Story >>

House EPA bill to be unveiled in a month

January 25, 2011

The Hill reports that Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are working on a bill to limit EPA’s climate authority. The bill, energy subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) said, will be unveiled in the next four to six weeks.
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