Woodward News: Murphy to host town hall meeting on horizontal drilling E-mail
In The News
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 00:00

by Michelle Seeber


Woodward, Okla. — A town hall meeting to get feedback and educate people on horizontal drilling for natural gas production will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 22 at High Plains Technology Center.


During the meeting, Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy will be discussing whether current Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) regulations are sufficient to answer issues raised by this new method of drilling which is being used more and more for natural gas recovery, OCC spokesman Matt Skinner said.


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New Website Look for 2010 Campaign E-mail
Murphy Mail
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 16:47

Dear Friends,


I wanted to send you a short note just to let you know that my new website for the 2010 campaign just launched at

When you have a chance, please take a look and let me know what you think. I hope you will listen in to the latest podcasts on the website and join as a friend on our social network sites.

A Fast Rookie Season E-mail
Murphy Mail
Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00
Dear Friends,

Isn't the cliche, that time flies when you are having fun? I think it also applies to time flying by when one is challenged and passionately engaged in work, a situation that seems to apply to me. Just over a year ago, I was sworn into office and the issues that have come before me and my fellow Commissioners, Bob Anthony and Jeff Cloud, have been complex, challenging and as you might imagine, more than a little controversial. Moreover, these issues have come within the environment of one of the most challenging economic times for our State.

New Year New Hope E-mail
Op Eds
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:00

Oklahomans know how to deal with adversity. We overcame challenges on the Trail of Tears, during the Dust Bowl, through the Vietnamese refugee crisis, after the Murrah Building bombing, and in response to countless tornadoes.

Football, Fall, and Giving Thanks E-mail
Murphy Mail
Sunday, 08 November 2009 00:00
Dear Friends,

Believe it or not, but I have now been on the job as your Corporation Commissioner for almost ten months, a job I was elected to just over a year ago. Football season is in full swing, the leaves on the trees have changed and Thanksgiving is just weeks away, certainly reminders to me of the days just prior to election night, November 4, 2008. I vividly remember that time last year and seemingly running full speed day and night, or maybe it was night and day, in the final weeks before the election. With my travels all over the state in the past months for speeches and events, I feel some similarity though maybe not quite the same intensity as last year!

To Get Ahead... Get Started E-mail
Op Eds
Thursday, 01 October 2009 00:00

What is it about government that seems to encourage inertia? In my nine months in office I've yet to find an answer to that question. Government is great at talking about issues and problems, but talk is like any other commodity—the more of it there is, the cheaper it gets. It's not a people problem. I see talent everywhere I look. Is there something about the institution of government that discourages the eagles from soaring? What I hear all too often is not what we can do, but rather what we can't do.

The Right To Talk - The Need To Listen E-mail
Op Eds
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:00

It's amazing what you hear when you really listen. I wrote in this space some 90 days ago about my ongoing efforts to meet with Oklahomans from all sectors to listen and learn about ways to work together to improve and increase the effectiveness of how government serves Oklahomans. Since taking office, I have logged more than five thousand miles at my own expense and participated in more than 90 meetings across the state, in addition to the regular daily public meetings the Commission holds. I consider it investing in good government.

Staying Cool in the Heat, Maybe E-mail
Murphy Mail
Sunday, 28 June 2009 00:00
Dear Friends,

It's not even August, but the dog days of summer already seem upon us! The heat is not just outside either as significant budget issues, filing of additional rate and other utility cases along with the serious impact of major federal energy and environmental proposals on our agency and many in the petroleum industry are just a few of the issues keeping things hot at the Commission!

First 100 Days E-mail
Murphy Mail
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 16:13
Dear Friends,

For those of you who missed it, my recent op-ed piece on my first 90 days was published in the Oklahoman on April 15 - Fundamentals Make the Biggest Difference. I have included the link for those who would like to access it.

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say E-mail
Op Eds
Thursday, 09 April 2009 00:00

My first 90 days in office have deepened my belief in the importance of this fundamental advice. As a corporation commissioner, I'm now involved in critical areas affecting Oklahoma's economy, including regulating oil and gas drilling, production, and environmental protection, as well as utilities, and aspects of trucking, gasoline pumps, fuel storage tanks, pipelines and railroad-crossings. Many of these involve everyday, pocketbook issues of critical importance to Oklahomans.

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