Pruitt testified that the EPA, which he’s currently suing over regional haze, is usurping states’ authority and pushing an “anti-fossil fuel agenda.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday announced is would retire six coal-fired power plants in Alabama and replace two in Kentucky with a new natural gas plant.
TVA CEO Bill Johnson cited stricter environmental regulations and a “flat demand” for electricity, NPR’s Scott Neuman reports.
But the move could be a boon for Oklahoma wind energy, specifically plans for a $2 billion heavy-duty power line that would help close a transmission gap, and connect western Oklahoma wind projects with the TVA grid in Memphis. The Oklahoman‘s Jay Marks reports:
TVA provides power for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. The government-owned utility is looking to diversify its power generating mix, as evidenced by its move away from coal.
Keith Erwin says they remind him of the artillery he used to hear growing up near the Fort Sill Army base in Lawton. His wife Amanda says the earthquakes sound like thunder.
“The chandelier was swinging, and the walls were rumbling, the bed was rumbling,” Amanda Erwin says.
That’s when the game starts.
Recent earthquakes in OKC area could be linked to waste fluid injection wells used by the oil and gas industry, EnergyWire reports.
A U.S. Bankruptcy court has approved a settlement between the United States and the APCO Liquidating Trust for costs related to the superfund site in Cyril, Okla.
Source: Oklahoma Geological Survey | Data
More than two-dozen small earthquakes shook central Oklahoma over the weekend, including several temblors that were 3.0-magnitude or higher, which people can generally feel. No damage or injuries have been reported. » UPDATED: 12/09/2013
Utilities have signed deals for 1,049 megawatts from wind farm projects planned in Oklahoma, according to the latest market report from the American Wind Energy Association, the paper reports — roughly “14 percent of the 7,500 megawatts in wind power purchase agreements signed nationally so far this year.”
“Oklahoma is really leading the country for new wind builds over the next few years,” said Emily Williams, senior policy analyst with the association. “Oklahoma and Texas are really going to be the heartland of a lot of wind activity.”
Oklahoma and Texas have a long history of squabbling over the 540-mile border that divides the two states.
The boundary generally follows the path of the Red River, the focal point in the recent U.S. Supreme Court water battle over a 1980 interstate water-sharing agreement, which Oklahoma won.
But the line separating the two states gets a little fuzzy in the waters of Lake Texoma, which hide the original riverbank border, as defined by another agreement, the Red River Boundary Compact, which both states signed and Congress ratified.
The state Attorney General’s office and the Water Resources Board object to proposed federal oil and gas rules in Osage County, a tribal county where production is largely regulated by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A week after the U.S. Geological Survey warned of increased earthquake risk in central Oklahoma, possibly because of oil and gas activity, state Insurance Commissioner John Doak is urging Oklahomans to buy earthquake insurance.
Most homeowners and renters policies don’t cover earthquake damage, which can cost $100-$150 a year, the The Oklahoman‘s Brianna Bailey reports:
“With an average 40 earthquakes per year, we feel very strongly that this is something we need to be talking about in Oklahoma,” Doak said.