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State Officials: Oklahoma Needs Oil Industry’s Help to Meet Water Goals

Daniel Foster / Flickr Insufficient rains and increasing demand put enormous pressure on Oklahoma’s water resources both on the surface and underground. But it’s also hard to overstate the role evaporation plays in the drought. The oil and gas industry has been part of the problem, storing tens of millions of gallons of water needed [...]

On the Mountain Fork River, Environmental Protection Equals Economic Development

This is the final part of StateImpact Oklahoma’s series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the environmental threats they face. Part three is available here. Eddie Brister knows how the stream warms and cools, and where the current rushes and eddies. He knows every pebble in the river, and he can spot a [...]

Source Eludes Investigators as Another Fish-Kill is Reported on Salt Fork River

A Kay County resident says he received ulcers after touching water from the Salt Fork River, which has had eight fish kills in four years.

A late-August fish-kill is the second die-off reported in the span of a month on the Salt Fork River in north-central Oklahoma. Authorities were investigating the most recent fish-kill, reported on Aug. 25, as an analysis on water samples taken during the July fish-kill was returned from the state laboratory. The July samples showed elevated [...]

State Agencies Concerned About Carrying Out EPA’s ‘Aggressive’ Air Pollution Plan

State environmental and utility regulators on Thursday said it would be a struggle to accomplish carbon dioxide reduction goals outlined in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan.” The EPA’s proposal, first outlined in June, “would mean carbon dioxide reductions of more than 40 percent from Oklahoma power plants by 2030,” The Oklahoman‘s Paul [...]

Other States Have Outsized Influence in Oklahoma’s Scenic River Protection Policy

Tom Myers, superintendent of the new wastewater treatment plant in Siloam Springs, Ark., holds a sample of treated water that will be discharged into Oklahoma's Flint Creek.

This is part two of StateImpact Oklahoma’s four-part series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the environmental threats they face. Part one is available here. Bob Deitrick checks the snaps on his bright orange life vest, crouches and checks all the gear one last time. The Owasso father’s son and his two friends [...]

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