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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.

Obama orders action on pipeline in Okla.

President Obama firmly defended his record on oil drilling Thursday, ordering the government to fast-track an Oklahoma pipeline while accusing Congress of playing politics with a larger Canada-to-Gulf Coast project.

Tindall VP: $66 million Newton plant may face delay without wind energy tax credit

If Congress doesn’t extend a tax credit for wind energy for after this year, Tindall Corp. may have to push back construction of a $66 million plant in Newton, a company official said.

As skyline has changed in Greensburg, so has culture

The only thing more amazing than seeing a row of space-agey buildings rising from western Kansas plains is the fact that there’s anything there at all.

As oil, gas ‘fracking’ gains popularity in Kansas, so does safety debate

The national debate over fracking has darkened a good-news story for the country: horizontal multistage hydrofracking has reversed the growth of imported oil and natural gas, created hundreds of thousands of American jobs and, in the case of natural gas, dramatically cut prices. In the past few months, the fracking debate moved to Kansas as large companies using horizontal multistage hydrofracking started drilling in Sumner, Harper, Barber and Comanche counties.

SandRidge Energy makes its move in Kansas oil

OKLAHOMA CITY – One day last month, a worker on a skid-steer loader was jackhammering concrete on the partially demolished roof of a building across the street from SandRidge Energy’s headquarters.

Senate gives tentative OK to bill allowing companies to spread clay drilling waste on fields

Oil and gas drilling companies could spread clay shavings produced by fracking operations over fields in Kansas under a bill the Senate approved Thursday.

Site for new Wichita library may be sitting atop oil deposit

The city of Wichita went looking for a new library site and may have struck oil.

Kansas tops in new wind power construction

Kansas has been an underperformer in wind energy compared to some other states, but that’s about to change.

Wind power may offer hope for post-Boeing Wichita job market

Wichita’s loss of Boeing rings familiar to cities across the country that have lost thousands of high-paying jobs amid a recession that’s changed the way they define themselves to the world.

Predictions for 2012: Economy moving in a positive direction

A year ago, forecasters called for slow economic improvement in the year to come. We got that, along with an incredibly bumpy ride.

Kansas’ ethanol production likely down

While overall production of ethanol in the United States was boosted by foreign demand this year, Kansas production likely dropped off a bit due to a drought-ridden corn crop and other factors.

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