U.S. Chief District Judge Gregory Frizzell granted a preliminary injunction after finding the feds “failed to provide a factual basis for its determination that the new regulations would not adversely impact small businesses” and “overstepped its authority in determining how much royalties should be paid by leaseholders,” the Tulsa World reports.
About 7,000 residents in Hugo lived for months with unsafe drinking water because a private company improperly disinfected municipal water supplies and misreported data to local and state officials.
Severn Trent Services, which took over the city’s water treatment in 2007, “didn’t use enough chlorine for more than 300 days over the course of two years,” Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality findings show, The Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:
Hugo residents were potentially exposed to deadly viruses and bacteria because the company didn’t use the most basic water disinfecting chemical, according to agency findings.
Gov. Mary Fallin and other members of a council tasked with studying Oklahoma’s uptick in seismic activity say “changes in regulatory policies governing disposal wells will not have an immediate impact on the number of earthquakes in the state,” the Tulsa World’s Barbara Hoberock reports.
Oklahoma oil and gas authorities on Monday ordered the operators of 23 disposal wells in two counties to reduce the amount of wastewater pumped underground. Continue Reading
Oklahoma is synonymous with energy. It’s a major oil and gas state and one of the country’s leaders in wind power. But Oklahoma has been slow on solar energy, and experts say that’s because of state policy — not the sun.
After a swarm of earthquakes recorded near the town of Crescent, which peaked with a 4.5-magnitude temblor on Monday, state regulators asked a pair of oil companies to limit activity at three nearby disposal wells.
Monday’s quake caused light damage. Multiple people reported feeling it in Arkansas, more than 400 miles away
Oklahoma City’s Devon Energy Production and Arkansas-based Stephens Energy Group agreed to shut down the two wells nearest the shaking. Stephens also agreed to cut by half the amount of waste fluid pumped into a third well, says Corporation Commission spokesperson Matt Skinner. Continue Reading
Oklahoma is expected to add an additional 1,440 megawatts in wind energy, The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.
The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck near Prague, Okla., in November 2011 mortally wounded two century-old towers at St. Gregory’s University — a small catholic university and monastery that has become one of the most visible illustrations of Oklahoma’s earthquake surge. Continue Reading
A moratorium on disposal wells proposed by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club and one state lawmaker “could create economic and environmental problems throughout the state,” representatives of the oil and gas industry say, The Oklahoman’s Adam Wilmoth reports.