Updated: Canada has joined a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico.
U.S. Rep. Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the agreement “will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home.” Continue reading
Tuesday the Trump administration rolled back methane standards for energy companies that operate on public lands, eliminating a methane rule enacted by Obama zealots that could save companies as much as $2 billion in compliance costs over the next decade according to the AP.
Enacted in 2016, the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule regulated leaked, flared and vented natural gas from fossil fuel operations on public land. Continue reading
Oklahoma employers could pay less for workers’ compensation insurance next year. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has proposed an overall loss cost decrease of 2.3 percent in a filing that many insurers use to develop prices. NCCI credits the reduced loss cost to favorable experience across all industry groups.
“This is great news for Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “When employers pay less for workers’ compensation insurance, they’re able to grow their businesses, hire more workers and expand the economy. Oklahoma’s commitment to a system that’s both efficient and fair has been tremendously successful on multiple levels.” Continue reading
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $97 million in 12 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 11 states.
“A person’s location should not determine whether he or she has access to modern communications infrastructure,” Secretary Perdue said. “That is why USDA is partnering with businesses and communities by investing in state-of-the-art broadband e-connectivity to remote and rural areas. Continue reading
Updated: Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) today announced by press release that it is no longer pursuing its proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project following a decision by the Public Utility Commission of Texas on July 26 to deny approval of the project. Continue reading