Jeff Converse of the Canton Lake Association stands in front of a boat ramp he says has been surrounded by mud and weeds since Oklahoma City withdrew water from the lake in January.
Canton, Oklahoma — population 625 — is a town on the brink. Canton relies on lake season, and lake season never really got started this year.
At the first of the year, Oklahoma City took water from Canton Lake to meet demand at the height of the drought. While that decision kept faucets flowing in the metro, it threatens the very existence of Canton the community.
City officials in Duncan, Okla., are looking for ways to keep from running out of water.
If drought conditions continue as they have over the last couple of years, the city of more than 23,000 will see its water supplies totally depleted by the end of 2016, according to a story in the Duncan Banner.
Reporter Derrick Miller was at a special meeting of the city council Nov. 5 where Duncan Public Works Director Scott Vaughn presented five options to avoid going dry.
The options ranged from installing a larger pipeline from Lake Fuqua to pumping more water from Waurika Lake.
… “That time is coming where we’ll wish we had done something if we don’t do something soon,” Vaughn said.
Cornell University professor Katie Keranen, who began looking at the Jones swarm while teaching at Oklahoma University, said the quakes appear to be linked to oil and gas activities in the area. “These most recent earthquakes highlight the continuing seismic activity near Jones and the east Oklahoma City metro area, in a swarm which appears linked to high-volume water production and injection wells in central Oklahoma,” Keranen said.
The trust and the APCO Missing Stockholder Trust agreed to pay $14 million for cleanup of the Oklahoma Refining Company site in Cyril. The trust is a successor in interest to APCO Oil Corporation. The site was operated by Anderson-Prichard Oil Corporation and APCO Oil as an oil refinery from 1920 until about 1978, then in a limited capacity by Oklahoma Refining Company until 1987. The Environmental Protection Agency later found contaminated surface water, soil and sediments and other issues at the site. The next phase of cleanup at the site is to begin in 2014.
The Grand River Dam Authority's coal-fired plant in Chouteau, Okla., which is impacted by the Regional Haze Rule.
A federal appeals court in July ruled the EPA can implement its own plan to limit sulfur dioxide emissions at coal-fired power plants over the state’s plan. Oklahoma Gas & Electric — the state’s largest utility — and state Attorney General Scott Pruitt then asked for another hearing. On Thursday, that request was denied.
In an interview with StateImpact, OG&E spokeswoman Kathleen O’Shea says the next step — if the parties opposed to the EPA regulations continue to take the legal route — would be an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the meantime, however, O’Shea says the utility has no choice but to follow the new rules. Continue Reading →
“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.
OWRB Executive Director J.D. Strong (left) addresses members of the water board at its Oct. 23 meeting.
Just one week after the Oklahoma Water Resources Board decided to cap the amount of water that can be taken out of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer, opponents of the move are continuing the fight — in court.
Several organizations that oppose the MAY [maximum annual yield] are attacking the order on a variety of grounds, including a complaint that the board relied on bad science and incomplete evidence, according to a copy of the organization’s motion seeking judicial review. The group also contends that the order violates landowners’ property rights because it limits the amount of groundwater that can be transferred from the aquifer each year.
Supporters also asked for the court review, which has been filed but hasn’t been assigned a court date:
“Many of the documents included in CPASA’s Motion to Include are scientific studies of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer and relate directly to the points that the corporate special interest groups challenge,” the organization said.
The Garber-Wellington Aquifer is part of the Central Oklahoma aquifer, which every major city in the region uses — except Oklahoma City.
Moving water from the southeast Oklahoma to Oklahoma City is highly controversial. The battle over who controls water across most of that part of the state still has the state, city and tribal governments tied up in court after more than two years.
If only there was another large source of water, near the metro, that OKC could use. Well, State Sen. Jerry Ellis, D-Valliant, says there is: The Garber-Wellington Aquifer. And he’s tired of seeing Oklahoma City take water out of his district in the far southeast corner of the state.
“They’ve got other things. They’ve got groundwater. They’ve got the Garber-Wellington Aquifer there,” Ellis says.