A federal judge in Muskogee has ruled that the Sierra Club’s lawsuit against OG&E can “proceed on a limited basis.”
Wind energy accounted for 14.8 percent of the electricity generated in Oklahoma in 2013, an American Wind Energy analysis of data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency show.
Oklahoma now ranks No. 7 nationally, a step up from the No. 9 ranking the state earned in 2012 when wind power comprised 10.5 percent of the state’s energy mix, according to the wind industry trade group.
Total wind-generated electricity grew from 2012 to 2013, but it’s national ranking stayed the same, The Oklahoaman‘s Paul Monies reports:
Oklahoma remained in fourth place for the total amount of electricity generated from wind last year, although the total generated grew to 10.88 million megawatt hours from 8.23 million megawatt hours. Texas, Iowa, California and Oklahoma each generated enough electricity from wind to power more than 1 million homes.
Limestone and sand miners are getting a lot of attention lately. The amount of groundwater they can displace from the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer was recently capped, and the state House could authorize a new tax on the industry.
That’s not all. The Oklahoma Department of Mines has an unusual permitting process some landowners say leaves them feeling helpless when a new mine is proposed, and they want that process changed.
“It’s really screwed up,” Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer President Amy Ford says.Continue Reading
Oklahoma is experiencing some growing pains as its oil and gas regulator considers changing rules to accommodate horizontal drilling.
Save for a tiny corner of far southeast Oklahoma, the entire state is either abnormally dry, or already in drought.
Areas of severe, extreme, and exceptional drought, the worst categories, are still confined to the western part of the state, with far southwest Oklahoma suffering the most. But the latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor show moderate drought conditions moving east and into Oklahoma City.
What does this mean for the capital city? Residents should start doing their part to conserve water use in their homes. With the Bermuda grass still being dormant, there is no need to water the lawn. Residents should also limit their shower times. If all residents would participate in water conservation now, this will help extend the current water supply in Lake Hefner, Oklahoma City’s drinking water source.
Gov. Mary Fallin called for the consolidation of the Oklahoma Historical Society, Arts Council and Department of Tourism during her state of the state address. Originally, the plan included the Scenic Rivers Commission, Will Rogers Memorial Commission, and J.M. Davis Memorial Commission, but they aren’t included in the latest version of bill.
After reaching a national average of just over $4 per gallon, and around $5 in some spots in the midwest, propane prices are falling, mainly because of lighter demand amid warming temperatures.
Still, though, the current average of $3.48 per gallon is more than a dollar higher than the price this time last year.
StateImpact has reported on the hardship the high prices are causing for the 400,000 or so Oklahomans who rely on propane to heat their homes and cook their food, and on the reasons behind the shortage amid plenty, including the cold weather, a wet fall corn crop, and an increase in propane exports.
And on Friday, reporter Logan Layden went on OETA’s Oklahoma News Report to discuss the issue. (See the above video) Continue Reading
Very few Oklahomans carry earthquake insurance, less than 1 percent. But that’s beginning to change as the state experiences more and more temblors.
StateImpact’s earthquake chart shows there were 11 Oklahoma earthquakes in 2008. In 2013 there were 291, and so far, this year has also been even more active. And many seismologists put the blame on disposal wells used by oil and gas companies.
Now, insurance agents are beginning to see big upswings in the number of people asking about earthquake insurance, as The Journal Record‘s Brian Brus reports:
In the first nine years of Brian Dudgeon’s career as an insurance agent, he sold perhaps one or two policies for earthquake coverage.
In the last few weeks, he and his partner at a Farmers Insurance office in Stillwater have sold 50 to 60.
“People are adding it to their policies,” he said. “We’re averaging 10-15 a week, and that’s people coming to me; I’m not approaching them about it. They’re selling like hotcakes.”
New data from the federal government show a drop in the amount of toxic chemicals being released into the nation’s air, water and land. In Oklahoma, however, so-called toxic “releases” have soared.
But it’s not as scary as it sounds.Continue Reading
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule would force large coal-fired power plants to install expensive air scrubbers or shut down. OG&E fought the rule every step of the way, but is assessing its options if the U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear its case.