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Rumbles of New Scrutiny as Quakes Continue to Surge in Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin and Michael Teague, Secretary of Energy and Environment, talk to reporters at the Governor's Energy Conference in 2014.

Oklahoma’s earthquake surge and possible links to oil and gas activity have been studied in scientific papers, discussed at heated town-hall meetings and explored regulatory hearings. The quakes are now triggering some rumblings at the state Capitol.

Attorney Asks Oklahoma Supreme Court to Dismiss His Challenge to Oil and Gas Law

An Oklahoma City attorney who challenged the constitutionality of a bill that changed the effective tax rate levied on oil and gas drillers asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday to dismiss his lawsuit. From The Oklahoman‘s Rick Green: Jerry Fent, of Oklahoma City, told the court that “upon further consideration and for the benefit [...]

Regulator Stepping Up Monitoring and Inspections of Disposal Wells in Quake Country

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey briefs Corporation Commissioners on new earthquake research.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has stepped up monitoring and inspections of disposal wells in earthquake-prone regions of the state as regulators, scientists and energy companies gather new information on the links between earthquakes and oil and gas production. Officials with the Corporation Commission — the state’s oil and gas regulator — are focusing on a [...]

Residents File Class-Action Lawsuit to Block Wind Turbines Near Kingfisher

The 147-megawatt Weatherford Wind Energy Center.

Seven landowners filed a class-action lawsuit this week to prevent wind turbines from being built near their homes in Canadian and Kingfisher counties. In the complaint, which is embedded above, the landowners claim that planned wind farm projects controlled by Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy would create a nuisance, devalue their property and adversely affect their [...]

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