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Oklahoma is a leading energy producer with an economy increasingly concentrated on the oil and gas industry, economists say.

What Oil and Natural Gas Mean to Big-Energy Oklahoma

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Oklahoma is a leading energy producer with an economy increasingly concentrated on the oil and gas industry, economists say.

Oklahoma is all about oil, natural gas and, increasingly, wind energy.

Roughly one-quarter of all jobs in Oklahoma are tied to the energy industry, either directly or indirectly, says Mickey Hepner, an economist and Dean of the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Business Administration.

The state has a unique historical stake in the oil industry, but Oklahoma today is as much an energy state as perhaps it’s ever been, Hepner says, and oil and natural gas helped the state survive the recent recession.

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Broadband Internet Providers Struggling to Keep Pace With Rural Oklahoma Oil Boom

The oil and gas boom has meant a lot of business for communities like Elk City and Weatherford, but the technological demands of the modern energy industry is encountering roadblocks in rural Oklahoma. There just isn’t enough high-speed broadband internet in Oklahoma’s oil patch, The Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports, and telecommunication companies are racing [...]

Why One Oklahoma Oil Executive Doesn’t Think Oil and Gas Tax Cuts Are Needed

Don Millican, the Chief Financial Officer of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company.

The Kaiser-Francis Oil Company has a lot in common with other storied Oklahoma energy empires. The company has by-the-bootstrap entrepreneurial origins, it’s been battered by boom and bust, and it’s helmed by a billionaire CEO who has weathered controversy and been showered with praise. But the Tulsa-based exploration and production company is unique in one [...]

Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake ‘Potentially Triggered’ by Smaller Disposal Well Quake, New Study Suggests

Oil and gas industry-related waste water injection may have triggered a cascading sequence of earthquakes that culminated in Oklahoma’s largest earthquake ever recorded, the 5.7-magnitude temblor that struck near Prague in November 2011, a new peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research suggests. If true, Oklahoma’s November 2011 earthquake — which injured two [...]

How Aquifers Could Trigger Earthquakes in Oklahoma

News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports | Federal and university seismologists and geophysicists say oil and gas activity is likely driving Oklahoma’s uptick in earthquakes. The phenomenon, known as “induced seismicity,” is linked to waste fluid injection in disposal wells. And while scientists say this fluid injection can trigger earthquakes, [...]

Why an Oil Boom is Sometimes Bad for Business

The shale gas drilling boom has been a blessing to energy states like Oklahoma, which has low unemployment and an economy that, thanks in part to oil and gas production, was insulated from the worst effects of the Great Recession. Energy companies are often enviable employers, and drilling has increased labor competition and helped fuel [...]

Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm on ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’

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Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm was the subject of a segment on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night. Host and commentator Maddow discussed the loud, explosive “booms” that accompany the shallow quakes — a phenomenon reported in Oklahoma and Texas — and, with her signature snark, suggested a way to curtail the shaking, which many seismologists [...]

Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill Giving State More Authority to Regulate Wind Farms

Oklahoma is a major wind-energy state, but some landowners and communities have turned their backs on turbines. Some oppose wind farms for purely aesthetic reasons, or because they feel fields of turbines will hurt their property value. Turbine noise and “shadow flicker” are big complaints, too, and some people have raised safety questions about ice [...]

Oklahoma’s Earthquake ‘Swarm’ in One Chart

EQ Charts has created a really great visual of Oklahoma’s earthquake “swarm.” The chart was built with data from the U.S. Geological Survey, and shows quakes of 2.0-magnitude or greater.

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