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Alberta Energy Regulator ready to expand global impact
The Alberta Energy Regulator will take a big leap onto the international stage with the launch of its centre for regulatory excellence.The question is whether this initiative will give the AER the credibility it deserves
UN Security Council Discusses Water Diplomacy
The UN Security Council discussed linkages between water, peace and security at a meeting on preventive diplomacy and transboundary waters. Evo Morales, President of Bolivia and current Security Council president....
Secretary Zinke Announces $23.6 Million for Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects and Studies
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation awarded $23,619,391 to communities in seven states for planning, designing and constructing water recycling and re-use projects.....
Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group Releases Study Report
Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group (PWWG) today released its study report as part of a review of alternatives for produced water disposal from oil and gas operations in Oklahoma. In December 2015....
Senate approves Zinke’s nomination as next Interior Secretary
The US Senate approved President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be Secretary of the Interior by 68 to 31 votes on Mar. 1 as several Democrats joined Republicans in affirming the selection.
US Senate confirms Pruitt’s nomination as next EPA administrator
The US Senate confirmed Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt’s (R) nomination to be US Environmental Protection Agency administrator by 52 to 46 votes on Feb. 17. The action quickly followed a rejection by 51 to 47 votes...
Senate Confirms Former Exxon Chief Tillerson as Secretary of State
The Senate on Wednesday approved Rex Tillerson to lead President Trump’s State Department, despite a late effort by Democrats to slow down the nomination. Tillerson surpassed 51 votes for him, enough for a simple......
Perry’s Energy nomination advanced by committee
A Senate panel on Tuesday signed off on former Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s nomination to lead the Department of Energy. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 17-6 to approve Perry’s nomination, sending
Gov. Fallin names Stallings to OWRB
Enid resident Rob Stallings has been appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. Fallin also named Charles Darby, of Broken Bow, to the board. Both appointments must be confirmed by the Senate...
Oilpatch-friendly royalty system takes effect in Alberta
As the calendar flipped to 2017, Alberta's oilpatch will begin paying the government under a new royalty system that took five months and cost $3 million to review — but basically looks the same as it did before. The NDP
Alberta to take action on water security
Just before the fall session wrapped up, Banff-Cochrane NDP MLA Cameron Westhead made a private member’s motion asking the government to take action to conserve headwaters. Water from mountains and hills of the Rocky...
OGS announces new action for SCOOP, STACK oil plays
New seismicity guidelines were announced by Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Conservation Division and Oklahoma Geological Survey. The organizations announced the guidelines for the South Central Oklahoma..
Trump to pick ExxonMobil’s Tillerson for Secretary of State
President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Dec. 13 that he will nominate ExxonMobil Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rex W. Tillerson as his cabinet’s Secretary of State. “His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding
Former Texas Gov. Perry gets nod from Trump as Energy Secretary
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who said he would abolish the US Department of Energy during one of his presidential campaigns, will be nominated to lead DOE in the next administration, President-elect Donald J. Trump....
Trump finalizes EPA selection: Scott Pruitt
President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency. "Attorney General Pruitt has great...
Oklahoma Agency Plans to Shut Disposal Wells After Earthquake
Oklahoma’s oil and gas regulator plans to shut some disposal wells and reduce the volume of others as its initial response to Sunday’s earthquake near the oil hub of Cushing.“Other plans are being developed that will...
Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan support modern and efficient water infrastructure in Weyburn
Having access to clean, reliable drinking water is critical to the health and prosperity of Canadian communities and for attracting economic opportunities for the middle class and those trying to join it. By ensuring....
Oklahoma regulators, EPA order closure of more injection wells
Oklahoma state regulators along with federal regulators ordered the operators of 70 disposal wells to either shut them down or reduce disposal volumes after an earthquake shook northern Oklahoma. The US Geological Survey
Federal government to spend $32B over 10 years on infrastructure
The Trudeau Liberals are swinging open the doors to the federal treasury to push some $32 billion more out the door in the coming decade for infrastructure projects.
Walker Suspending More Fuel Transport Regulations
Gov. Scott Walker has issued another executive order to help alleviate some of the problems caused by the shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline earlier this year. As part of the latest decree, exceptions of certain load..