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U.S. could overtake Saudi Arabia as biggest oil producer

U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer.

At 81, oilman Woolsey still been betting on the future

Those guys at the Hall of Fame quit on Wayne Woolsey too soon.

Revenue, employment continue to grow at Koch Industries

In a little more than a decade, while a lot of companies were contracting, Koch Industries has doubled its revenue and increased employment fivefold.

Oil exec: SandRidge finding increasing success in horizontal drilling in Kansas

SandRidge Energy has both the money to fund its horizontal drilling program and the results needed to justify spending it in Kansas next year, company president Matt Grubb told a group of Kansas oilmen Monday.

Livestock producers, lawmakers push for suspension of federal ethanol mandate

Livestock producers and their representatives in government are pressuring officials to suspend the federal mandate that ethanol be mixed into gasoline, although the Obama administration hasn’t indicated any inclination do to so.

Oil in Kansas: Boon for many, bane for some

Eric Smith was at the front counter of his hotel this week telling yet another caller, apologetically, that he didn’t have a room.

Sedgwick County to get its first horizontal oil well

The horizontal oil drilling boom is coming to Sedgwick County.

Colwich-to-Medicine Lodge power line ‘shaping our energy future’

Utility officials broke ground Wednesday in Colwich on what they proclaimed will be a key piece of economic development for Kansas.

Electric transmission line from Kansas to Nebraska ahead of schedule

The first phase of an electric transmission line from Kansas to Nebraska is running smoothly and construction of the second phase is six months ahead of schedule, according to the company constructing the line in Kansas.

Wind farms a cash crop for rural Kansas counties

Kansas is finally putting all that wind to good use.

Chesapeake shareholders vent, rebuke board

Chesapeake Energy Corp. shareholders rebuked the company’s board by withholding support for two directors up for re-election at Friday’s annual meeting. Both directors have tendered their resignation.

Wind credit key to jobs

ATLANTA – A stalled effort to renew federal tax credits for the wind power industry is making it hard to keep employees on the payroll and plan for expansion, a group of executives said Tuesday, but two high-profile Washington figures advised them not to expect help until after the November election.

McPherson oil refinery to undergo upgrade

Kansas produces about 115,000 barrels of oil a day. More than half of that winds up in McPherson.

Upswing in area horizontal oil drilling

Horizontal drilling activity is speeding up in Kansas.

Brownback to speak at national wind energy conference in Atlanta

Kansas is expected to be well represented – including by its chief executive – at the American Wind Energy Association Windpower 2012 conference next month in Atlanta.

Refinery company HollyFrontier sees profits triple

Oil refiner HollyFrontier Corp, which counts the El Dorado Refinery among its operations, said Monday that its first-quarter profit almost tripled but fell short of Wall Street expectations.

TransCanada applies again for pipeline permit

The Canadian company trying to build the disputed Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. submitted a new application for the project Friday after changing the route to avoid environmentally sensitive land in Nebraska.

Study ties oil, gas production to Midwest quakes

Oil and gas production may explain a sharp increase in small earthquakes in the nation’s midsection, a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey suggests.

New company to build high-voltage power lines

Great Plains Energy is working with American Electric Power, one of the nation’s largest electric utility companies, to build high-voltage transmission lines.

Big Oil pushes small operators aside

Among all the smiles over the black gold rush in southern Kansas, one group stands grim-faced: existing Kansas oil and gas producers.

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