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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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Why State and Federal Agencies Record Different Oklahoma Earthquake Numbers

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Earthquake magnitude estimations often vary wildly between the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey. The OGS usually reports smaller earthquakes than its federal counterpart. Since 2010, the OGS reported smaller numbers than the USGS “more than half of the time for earthquakes of magnitude 3.8 and higher,” the Tulsa World’s Ziva Branstetter and [...]

The Science of Oil and Gas-Related Earthquakes is ‘Ready for Application,’ USGS Says

"Coping with earthquakes induced by fluid injection," was published Feb. 20, 2014 in the journal Science.

A new peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Science urges greater partnership between industry, government agencies and researchers in responding to the consequences of earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity. The paper, authored by the U.S. Geological Survey and other federal scientists, as well as state seismologists, including the Oklahoma Geological Survey’s Austin Holland, [...]

Frequent Small Earthquakes Raise Risk of Bigger Ones in Oklahoma, Study Suggests

The daily occurrence of small earthquakes linked to oil and gas drilling in Oklahoma increases the likelihood of larger earthquakes, new research suggests. “The chances are still small, but we know that from earthquakes the real potential for trouble is in those very unlikely large-magnitude earthquakes,” says geophysicist William Ellsworth of the U.S. Geological Survey, [...]

Watch Oklahoma Overtake California in Earthquakes

Post by Reveal.   Oklahoma experienced more than three times as many earthquakes as California last year, an uptick many geophysicists say is likely linked to wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry. The Center for Public Integrity’s Reveal team has produced a compelling animation of the shaking, which covers a timeline [...]

State Seismologist to WaPo: Oil Industry Has Tried to Influence Earthquake Research

Washington Post reporter Lori Montgomery traveled central Oklahoma and filed a story about Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm, an examination that included interviews from concerned residents, politicians and Sandra Ladra, who was injured in the 5.7-magnitude November 2011 earthquake and filed a lawsuit seeking damages from oil copanies she says are liable. Montgomery also interviewed a cadre [...]

Bills Filed to Stop Local Bans on Oil and Gas Production

Several bills filed for the upcoming 2015 legislate session rein in the power cities and counties have to regulate drilling and oil and gas production. The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports: At least eight bills have been filed that would stop cities and counties from banning drilling operations, including proposals from top leaders in the House [...]

Oklahoma Supreme Court to Decide Lawsuit Over Earthquake Near Prague, Okla.

The state’s highest court will consider whether two oil companies can be held liable for injuries a woman suffered during the 2011 earthquake near Prague, Okla. The 5.7-magnitude earthquake was the state’s largest recorded with modern instruments, and is the largest quake scientists have linked to disposal wells, a type of well oil and gas [...]

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