The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attempt to update the Clean Water Rule — also known as the waters of the U.S. rule — hit a snag today, with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to temporarily block its implementation. Continue Reading
It’s been decades since Tulsa decided the portion of the Arkansas River that runs through the city was too dirty and dangerous to swim in. The river is much cleaner now, but convincing the public it’s OK to hop in won’t be easy.
U.S. Sen. James Lankford is introducing a bill to remove an expired wind energy incentive from the federal tax code.
The federal Production Tax Credit for wind energy expired in December 2014, but since it’s part of the tax code, lawmakers can extend it by bundling it with legislation to extend other tax credits and incentives. That has happened as recently as July, when a Senate committee voted to extend the PTC as part of a $95 billion bundle of incentives. Continue Reading
Halliburton is offering settlements to about 130 property owners after pollution from spent rocket fuel was found in groundwater near the Osage Road facility in Duncan.
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected arguments from the Osage Nation and the U.S. Department of Interior and ruled that wind energy projects in Osage County do not violate tribal mineral rights.
The Osage Nation “has long opposed wind development across the county, arguing that it mars the natural beauty of the prairie and could potentially destroy burial sites. The tribe also lost a previous court case arguing that wind development would interfere with oil production,” the Tulsa World‘s Michael Overall reports:
In a lawsuit field last November, federal and tribal officials claimed that developers should have applied for permits from the Osage Nation before digging pits for the construction of wind turbine foundations, removing limestone and other natural resources that belong to the tribe under federal law. Each pit measures as much as 60 feet wide and 30 feet deep, excavating more than 60,000 cubic yards of minerals across the entire Osage Wind development west of Pawhuska, according to the lawsuit. Continue Reading
The Tri-State Mining District in northeastern Oklahoma’s Ottawa County was once the world’s largest source of lead and zinc. The mines had closed by the 1970s, but pernicious pollution still plagues what is now known as the Tar Creek superfund site.
More than 500 Oklahoma employees of Chesapeake Energy are out of a job following the latest layoffs Sept. 29th, as oil prices stay below $50 a barrel. Gasoline is cheap, but that relief at the pump can fuel widespread worry about Oklahoma’s oil and gas-reliant economy. Continue Reading
A group of state energy officials, researchers and industry experts issued a report Monday offering guidance on how to handle earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity.
The 148-page report from StatesFirst — a partnership between state officials and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and Ground Water Protection Council — stops short of offering model regulations, but “represents perhaps the most candid discussion on the topic” since researchers started connecting earthquakes in Oklahoma and other states to fracking and waste-fluid disposal wells, the Associated Press reports:
It includes descriptions of how states handled various seismic incidents around the country, including their public relations strategies, and matter-of-factly references links between fracking or deep-injection wastewater disposal and earthquakes. Previously, public admissions had been fuzzy in some cases. Continue Reading
The 4.5-magnitude quake that struck near the city on July 27 damaged brick walls of the school’s practice gym, the Enid News & Eagle’s Sally Asher reports.
Eleven magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes have been recorded near the Cushing oil hub since April 4. “Oil companies could easily respond if one tank were damaged, he said. But there’s no way for local first responders to have a worst-case scenario preparedness plan if all storage tanks were damaged by large earthquakes,” Sarah Terry-Cobo reports.