Oklahoma grappling with fading oil, rising gas prospects

The needs of a producing state with potential fading for oil but rising for natural gas create a mosaic of energy-policy challenges discussed in a Dec. 1 conference in Oklahoma City.Speakers at the conference addressed policy issues from the perspective of a state hoping to boost interstate sales of gas-fired electricity and prolong the life of a mature oil resource, 70% of the production from which comes from wells yielding 10 b/d or less.Most speakers at the annual conference, hosted by the International Society of the Energy Advocates and Sarkeys Energy Center of the University of Oklahoma, stressed the need for a national energy policy.US energy concerns"Our [energy] infrastructure in...

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