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HollyFrontier, owner of El Dorado refinery, sees big drop in net income

HollyFrontier, which owns the refinery in El Dorado, reported net income of $82.3 million in the third quarter, compared with $600.4 million in the same quarter last year.

Sandridge stocks plunge with report of less oil production in Kan., Okla.

Investors hammered the stocks of two Sandridge Energy investment entities Friday after the company reported that oil production in northern Oklahoma and, to a lesser extent, southern Kansas was lower than expected in the second quarter.

Pratt ethanol plant reopens under new partnership

An ethanol plant in Pratt shuttered for five years has reopened under the ownership of Pratt Energy, a partnership between Scoular Co. and Pratt Biofuel Investors, according to the company.

Shell Oil pulling out of Kansas

Shell Oil has confirmed what it had hinted earlier: that it is pulling out of Kansas completely, selling off 45 producing wells and 600,000 acres of leases in Barber, Harper, Kingman, Pratt, McPherson, Sedgwick, Sumner, Rice and Reno counties.

‘Blend wall’ could mean oil industry ethanol costs will be passed on to consumers

The price of corn is down. That’s about where the good news ends for ethanol makers in 2013.

Kansas segment of oil pipeline to begin

The vast stack of oil pipe lying in a field north of El Dorado is part of a great race between rising oil production in the middle of North America and the ability to move that oil to market.

New wind farm proposed for Dodge City area

A wind farm developer is seeking a conditional use permit from the Ford County Zoning Board for a 180-megawatt-capacity wind farm, the Bloom Wind Power Project, 20 miles south of Dodge City.

Kansas’ first public natural-gas station opens in Wichita

Wichita has a new source of energy.

Bennett takes over as CEO of SandRidge Energy

The board of directors of SandRidge Energy, the Oklahoma City company that led the opening of Kansas’ Mississippian Limestone play, named James Bennett CEO and president, and board member Jeffrey Serota as interim non-executive chairman, effective Wednesday.

Kansas oil production rises 5% in 2012; natural gas production falls

Driven by continued strong prices and horizontal drilling, Kansas oil production rose 5 percent in 2012, while low natural gas prices idled exploration rigs, causing gas production to fall 4.3 percent, according to the Kansas Geological Survey.

Kansas moves into top 10 states in wind energy capacity

The amount of wind energy generating capacity in Kansas more than doubled in 2012, boosting the state into the top 10 states for wind power, according to a new report by a wind energy trade group.

House Republicans push to give Keystone pipeline approval authority to Congress

Promoters of the Keystone XL pipeline are agitating for its fast approval now that the State Department has downplayed the project’s impact on global warming. Energy leaders in the House of Representatives back a bill to force the government to approve it, and the premier of the Canadian province of Alberta is in Washington lobbying for the project.

SandRidge to add 4 TPG-Axon board members; CEO could leave

SandRidge Energy Inc. will add four directors named by TPG-Axon Capital Management LP and agreed to give the activist shareholder control of the board if Tom Ward is still running the company in four months.

Pipelines could mean more money for Kansas producers

Cushing may be just another modest-sized town in central Oklahoma, but below ground, it’s immense.

HollyFrontier, owner of El Dorado refinery, posts higher profits

HollyFrontier Corp. reported fourth quarter profits of $391.6 million or $1.92 per diluted share, up 75 percent from the $223.4 million in fourth quarter of 2011.

Koch an investor in Arkansas steel project

Koch Industries subsidiary Koch Minerals is a key investor in a proposed $1.1 billion steel plant in Arkansas.

Koch Nitrogen to pay $380,000 to settle EPA claims

Koch Nitrogen Company, a subsidiary of Wichita-based Koch Industries, has agreed to pay a $380,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at facilities in Iowa and Dodge City.

Business, community leaders to discuss wind energy

Kansas business and community leaders will meet in Kingman on Thursday to discuss the costs and benefits of wind energy.

Lawrence dam built to last ‘for the next 200 years’

Sarah Hill-Nelson jokes about bad karma these days, but she admits to being little anxious about the weather.

Fifth annual Green Wichita conference set for Jan. 25

The fifth annual Green Wichita conference is scheduled for Jan. 25 at Century II Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas.

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