OKLAHOMA CITY -- All offices of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) will be closed statewide Friday for a furlough day due to the budget shortfall. The estimate savings from the closures is $100,000 a day.
"Every day people from across the state travel to an OCC office to conduct business, so we are doing all we can to get the word out about our closures," said OCC Director of Administration Brooks Mitchell.
"Unfortunately, our budget situation has forced us to take this action," said OCC Director of Administration Brooks Mitchell.
Mitchell said the commission has also eliminated 8 percent of its work force and made other spending cuts totaling $400,000.
So far this year, OCC employees have taken unpaid 7 furlough days. At this time no furlough days are scheduled for July.
The OCC has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, as well as Oil and Gas Division offices in Bristow, Kingfisher, Duncan, and Ada. The agency's responsibilities include regulation of oil and natural gas production, remediation of polluted oil and natural gas production sites, trucking, electric and natural gas utilities, telecommunications, gas stations and fuel storage tanks, remediation of sites polluted by leaking fuel tanks, railroads, pipelines, private water companies, and cotton gins.