“‘Kings When It’s Good:’ Oklahoma Braces For Possible Crude Crash”

NPR’s “Morning Edition” aired a version of our piece on how low oil prices are spurring economic worries in Oklahoma.


Fallin and other lawmakers are warning state agencies that low oil prices could stall the state economy. The crash could deepen a $300 million state budget gap. “The oil and gas industry is by far the largest single source of tax revenue to the state,” says Mark Snead, an economist and president of RegionTrack, which provides economic forecasting for state finance officials. He’s telling lawmakers to build their budget with $60-a-barrel oil in mind.

Read more at: www.npr.org

Oil-field Workers and Economists in Oklahoma Hope Crashing Crude Prices are a Blip, Not a Bust

Chad Igo owns Pecan Creek Catering, which delievers food to workers in the oil patch.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Chad Igo owns Pecan Creek Catering in New Cordell, Okla., which delievers food to workers in the oil patch.

The sign on the front door says “closed,” but Pecan Creek Catering in New Cordell, Okla., is open for business. Out back, a tractor-trailer is being unloaded. Giant cans of green beans, tomatoes and mushrooms are hauled inside, where they’re sorted and stacked on metal shelves.

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“Shaken More Than 560 times, Okla. is Top State for Quakes in 2014″

Oklahoma’s five-fold surge of earthquakes in 2014 made it the most seismically state in the Lower 48, EnergyWire reports


The Sooner State was shaken by 564 quakes of magnitude 3 and larger, compared with only 100 in 2013, according to an EnergyWire analysis of federal earthquake data. California, which is twice the size of Oklahoma, had fewer than half as many quakes. Researchers and many people in the state believe the quakes are linked to oil and gas activity, namely deep-underground disposal of drilling waste fluid.

Read more at: www.eenews.net

Duncan Bans All Outdoor Watering as Waurika Lake Levels Continue to Fall

The December 30, 2014 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor for Oklahoma.

U.S. Drought Monitor

The December 30, 2014 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor for Oklahoma.

The drought in southwest Oklahoma has lingered for more than four years now, and it will take more than a wet end to 2014 to stop it — a lot more.

Despite receiving above average December precipitation, the City of Duncan will ban all outdoor watering beginning next week. That’s because water levels in Waurika Lake, Duncan’s only current drinking water source, continue to drop. Continue Reading

Oklahoma Corporation Commission to Consider New Rules for Wind Industry

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission will consider rules for the wind industry that outline proper procedures for landowner notification and turbine decommissioning, according to an order singed Tuesday. Continue Reading

Oklahoma Among States Driving Current, Future Growth in U.S. Wind Power Capacity

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U.S. Energy Information Administration

The U.S. is expected to have added about 5 gigawatts of wind-generated electricity capacity in 2014, estimates from the federal Energy Information Agency show. Officials expect even more growth — up to an additional 11 GW — in 2015, with most of the added capacity coming from five states: Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. Continue Reading

“Company Withdraws Lake Hefner Oil Drilling Proposal”

After vocal opposition that culminated in a rowdy public meeting on Dec. 18, Pedestal Oil has withdrawn its proposal to drill near Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner.


In a statement, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett thanked Pedestal for recognizing the importance of Lake Hefner to the community. Cornett also thanked those who contacted his office and shared their views. City officials say public feedback to the unsolicited proposal was overwhelmingly against it. The proposal was still in the early stages of the public consideration process.

Read more at: www.pennenergy.com

Crowd Rallies for Clean Water as Norman Committee Considers New Drilling Rules

Demonstrators outside the Norman City Hall before a city council committee met to discuss changes to oil and gas drilling rules.

Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Demonstrators outside the Norman City Hall before a city council committee met to discuss changes to oil and gas drilling rules.

About 60 demonstrators gathered in front of the Norman City Hall Wednesday evening before the city council’s oversight committee met to discuss changes to the Norman’s oil and gas drilling regulations.

The Central Oklahoma Clean Water Coalition hosted the rally. Organizer Casey Holcomb says the current ordinances were written before fracking became so widespread. Continue Reading

Oklahoma City Residents Question Lake Hefner Drilling Plan at Contentious Public Meeting

A rowdy crowd of concerned residents shouted at city officials and questioned representatives of an oil company at a Thursday night meeting about a proposal to drill near Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. Continue Reading

StateImpact’s Biggest Stories of 2014 and a Preview of Reporting for the Coming Year

Brothers and business partners Fred and Wayne Schmedt stand in their family's wheat field near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Brothers and business partners Fred and Wayne Schmedt stand in their family's wheat field near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.

StateImpact racked up thousands of miles traveling across the state this year, filing more than 40 full-length radio features and hundreds of web posts on how government energy, environmental and economic policy affects ordinary Oklahomans. And many of those stories involve issues that are ongoing.

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