After five years of confidential negotiations, the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations have reached an agreement with the State of Oklahoma over water in southeast Oklahoma. The deal has been praised by state leaders as a historic accord that ends the tribes’ lawsuit that blocked Oklahoma City’s plan to pump water out of the region. But the deal still has to be sold to tribe members in that part of the state.
City leaders in Edmond adopted a resolution urging citizens to reject State Question 777. Their counterparts in Choctaw appear likely to do the same, and the Norman City Council has booked a presentation from an organization fighting against the question, which would amend the state constitution to include the “right-to-farm” and prevent lawmakers from passing legislation impeding farming, ranching and agriculture.
Choctaw Mayor Randy Ross told the Journal Record’s Brian Brus why he’s urging his residents to vote no on SQ 777 when they vote in November:
City leaders aren’t as interested in aspects of the ballot issue related to agriculture as they are in residents’ water resources and zoning, he said. The question has been framed by its proponents as protecting a right to farm; Ross sees it as a protection of local governance. Continue Reading
After five years of court proceedings and confidential negotiations, the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations have reached an agreement with the state over control of water in southeast Oklahoma. Continue Reading
Oklahoma is still experiencing an unusually large amount of shaking, but the rate of earthquakes recorded in 2016 is down from last year. Continue Reading
“The industry may not be currently hiring petroleum engineers,” but energy companies are hiring, the director of the University of Tulsa’s school of energy tells the Tulsa World’s Casey Smith. “They’re telling students to think outside of the box.”
Chickasaw National Recreation Area is not a national park — but it used to be. And the story of what happened illustrates a changing view of what national parks are for.
Customers of the state’s largest electric utility will pick up the tab for environmental compliance projects and plant upgrades over the next few years, The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.
Linn Energy needs a new compressor plant to serve customers in the SCOOP and STACK, hot oil and natural gas plays with very little infrastructure in place to collect and pump natural gas to existing pipeline systems.
But the plant is being constructed in the middle of the City of Tuttle, and due to Oklahoma’s 2015 anti-frack ban law that limits local governments’ ability to regulate oil and gas activity, there is very little officials like City Manager Tim Young can do about it, The Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:
Young has fielded residents’ concerns about noise from operations and about heavy truck traffic.
“I tell residents the city of Tuttle cannot tell an oil and gas company where to drill, so it’s best to work with the company and work within the existing statutes,” he said. “That leaves us with little ability to regulate the industry.” Continue Reading
Environmental groups have challenged a decades-old exemption for oil and gas drillers from federal law and the energy industry and state regulators are worried a court ruling against the EPA and “the possibility of new regulations,” The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.
The National Park Service turns 100 this year, and many states are celebrating top-tier environmental landmarks that are a big source of local pride. About half the U.S. states don’t have a national park — including Oklahoma.
That wasn’t always the case, and the story of what happened illustrates a changing view of what national parks are for.