Officials cancel plans to close Oklahoma Corporation Commission and place employees on unpaid leave one day a month.
The agency reduced personnel through voluntary buyouts and a reduction-in-force to avoid closure, and received a commitment from the Governor and legislative leaders to allow the broad use of some existing earmarked funds to pay for operational expenses.
Commissioner Dana Murphy calls the cancellation the result of extraordinary commitment and cooperation.
“We went to these officials and others to explain the seriousness of the situation and develop solutions,” says Murphy. “They responded, recognizing the concerns of those who do business in the state and know first-hand the negative impact closing the agency would have on business and the state’s economy.”
Oklahoma Corporation Commission has regulatory responsibility for oil and natural gas production, public utilities, telephone service, trucking, pipelines, rail crossings and underground petroleum storage tanks.