Oklahoma Corporation Commission Offices To Close Friday

Wednesday, June 23rd 2010, 9:25 am
By: News On 6


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.

4/27/2010 Related Story: Fourth Furlough Closure Of Oklahoma Corporation Commission Offices Friday

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.