Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation that clarifies state regulators’ authority to take action on oil and gas operations linked to earthquakes. Continue Reading
The city of Hugo and its water authority “filed a lawsuit alleging its former drinking water contractor perpetrated fraud, acted negligently, created a public nuisance and breached its contract, among other things,” The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports.
The Oklahoma City energy company said Friday the U.S. government has “dropped its grand jury investigation of possible antitrust violations in the purchase or lease of land, oil or natural gas rights from 2012 and prior years,” The Oklahoman’s Adam Wilmoth reports.
Brooke Hall has lived in the Parkway Mobile Home Park most of her life. She’s never really liked the taste of the water that comes from the park’s wells, but she didn’t think it could be dangerous until she was in the hospital giving birth to her son.
“The Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday against a plan by OG&E to change the way it calculates the bills for rooftop solar users, directing the utility to fully explore the issue in its pending rate case,” The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.
Blake Production Company is appealing a pollution enforcement case stemming the “largest frack-acid” spill in Oklahoma history, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has changed its post-earthquake bridge-inspection plan after a year-long study showed no structural damage from seismic activity.
Under the new plan, which went into effect April 1, ODOT will only inspect bridges after magnitude 4.7 or greater quakes. Regions where bridge inspections are required will expand as earthquake intensity increases: Continue Reading
The U.S. Geological Survey on Monday released new maps and models showing Oklahoma has the highest risk for potential shaking from human-triggered earthquakes.
The first-of-its-kind report was based on information on the frequency and intensity of earthquakes throughout the country, but the analysis didn’t include data on the injection of wastewater, the oil-field practice scientists have connected to the upsurge of shaking in Oklahoma and other states.
The USGS report also does not “include changes to policies or wastewater injection rates,” either stemming from the state’s regulatory response or a slow in activity due to low oil prices, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports: Continue Reading
The U.S. Geological Survey on Monday released for the first time maps that forecast regions that could experience damage from human-triggered earthquakes. Oklahoma has the highest risk for potential shaking, researchers say. Continue Reading