Host Tom Ashbrook interviewed seismologist Katie Kernan, New Yorker writer Rivka Galchen, who just wrote piece on the quake phenomenon, AJ Ferate of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, and Angela Spots of Stop Fracking Payne County.
The November 2013 meeting with University of Oklahoma President David Boren wasn’t oil billionaire Harold Hamm’s first attempt to discuss with university officials and a state seismologists Oklahoma’s earthquake surge and possible links to oil and gas activity, a new EnergyWire story reveals.
Using emails (click here for a .PDF) obtained through the Oklahoma Open Records Act, Mike Sorgahan reports that Continental Resources founder Hamm “sought as far back as 2011 to manage Oklahoma’s state-funded research into the links among hydraulic fracturing, oil production and earthquakes”:
Hamm sought a meeting with University of Oklahoma President David Boren in September 2011 after state seismologist Austin Holland, a university employee, wrote a report linking small earthquakes in south-central Oklahoma to fracking. According to emails obtained by EnergyWire through open records requests, Hamm wanted to discuss how Holland’s research on fracking might be perceived by the public. Continue Reading
Lawmakers have filed several measures targeting Oklahoma’s wind industry during the 2015 legislative session. The bills most likely to end up on the governor’s desk add regulation — like preventing new wind farms from being built near hospitals, schools and airports — and reduce wind energy tax credits.
The bill was among three “intended to protect oil and gas interests advanced by the committee on Tuesday,” the World’s Randy Krehbiel reports.
Tax revenues from oil and natural gas production in March dropped to their lowest level since September 2002, a collapse that’s driving a slide in total revenues used to fund state government, new data show. Continue Reading
If passed by the Oklahoma legislature, the right-to-farm amendment to the state constitution wouldn’t appear on the ballot until November 2016. But the Humane Society of the United States is trying to kill the controversial issue in its crib. Continue Reading
Rivka Galchen’s New Yorker piece on Oklahoma’s earthquake surge highlights the challenges surrounding scientists, regulators, politicians and residents in a state where “oil money is both invisible and pervasive.”
In-depth NYT piece by Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Michael Wines on Oklahoma’s earthquake surge, and the entangled politics and regulatory hurdles caused by the shaking’s links to the oil and gas industry.
Officials in at least two cities have publicly questioned bills filed during the 2015 legislative session that would limit the local governments’ authority to regulate oil and gas activity.
The bills’ authors say the measures are meant to prevent towns, cities and counties from banning or effectively banning oil and gas drilling and related production activities, like hydraulic fracturing. Officials in Norman and Stillwater, for their part, say the legislation is an overreach that could limit their ability to write ordinances to protect the health and safety of local residents.
Stillwater has been considering stricter oil and gas ordinances, including 1,000-foot setbacks and limits on things like noise, traffic, gas flares, lights and dust. Two Stillwater city councilors say oil industry representatives told them to delay their vote on the ordinance or state lawmakers would pass a law that could “cost the city a lot of money,” the Tulsa World‘s Ziva Branstetter reports: Continue Reading
Moving water from where it’s plentiful to where it’s needed seems like a logical way to meet all Oklahomans’ future water needs. But water transfers are complicated, and not just because they’re expensive — but because communities with lots of water want to keep it. Nothing illustrates this tension/challenge/whatever better than Sardis Lake.