Power line shortage in Oklahoma hampers oil production

One of the country’s fastest-growing oil fields is facing a power struggle.

Producers are trying to recover oil and natural gas from the Mississippi Lime formation and other fields in northwest Oklahoma and western Kansas, but their efforts are being slowed by insufficient access to electricity.

These are typically very rural areas that don’t have a lot of existing load,” said Brian Hobbs, vice president of legal and corporate services at Western Farmers Electric Cooperative. “As this development is going on, the power requirements are increasing very rapidly. It requires a significant build out of infrastructure.”

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