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Logan Layden

Logan Layden is a native of McAlester, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and spent three years as a state capitol reporter and local host of All Things Considered for NPR member station KGOU in Norman.

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Drought Gone But Not Forgotten At Annual Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference

In January 2015, drought stricken Waurika Lake was dangerously low.

Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

In January 2015, drought stricken Waurika Lake was dangerously low.

The biggest news out of the Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference Dec. 1-2 was Governor Mary Fallin’s announcement of a working group to find alternatives to injecting produced water from oil and gas drilling deep into the ground. The goal is to reduce earthquakes, but also save water.  Continue Reading

“Oklahoma Corporation Commission Rejects $1.1 Billion Rate Hike Proposal By OG&E”

OG&E Spokesman Randy Swanson tells StateImpact the state’s largest utility is disappointed in the Corporation Commission’s decision. “We’ve still got to get this done,” he says.


This morning the Oklahoma Corporation Commission rejected a plan by the state’s largest utility that could’ve raised monthly utility rates by nearly 20 percent over the next half-decade. Oklahoma Gas & Electric made the $1.14 billion request in order to pay for upgrades that would put coal-fired power plants in compliance with the federal Clean Air Act.

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Fallin Directs Officials to Discuss Alternatives for Quake-Linked Wastewater

Gov. Mary Fallin speaking at the 2013 Governor's Energy Conference in Tulsa, Okla.

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Gov. Mary Fallin speaking at the 2013 Governor's Energy Conference in Tulsa, Okla.

The 36th annual Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference in Norman included the usual fare: updates on regional water plans, drought mitigation, and experts from other states sharing their water insights. But Gov. Mary Fallin came with a new idea to save water — and reduce earthquakes.

Fallin told the crowd Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry injected 1.5 billion barrels of wastewater from fracking into the ground last year, a process scientists have linked to the state’s earthquake swarm.

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Southwest Oklahoma Cities Turn to Dredging as Silt Slowly Strangles Lakes

Dave Taylor, director of the Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District, checks on one of the water pumps at the lake's pump house, which send water to communities like Lawton and Duncan.

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Dave Taylor, director of the Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District, checks on one of the water pumps at the lake's pump house, which send water to communities like Lawton and Duncan.

Oklahoma’s lakes weren’t built to last forever. Over time, dirt and debris are slowly filling them in. Right now, there’s no good way to solve the problem, but cities that rely on Waurika Lake are turning to costly and complicated efforts to save their water supply from silt.

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Water Redistribution and Wild New Ideas Dominate Legislative Study Discussion

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan address lawmakers at a legislative study on water Monday, November 2, 2015.

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Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan address lawmakers at a legislative study on water Monday, November 2, 2015.

This spring, Oklahoma faced a problem it hadn’t in a while: too much water. Much of that floodwater flowed into rivers and out of Oklahoma — and that’s sparking big new ideas at the state capitol, and rousing an old fight.


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Oklahoma Attorney General Prepares Lawsuit To Fight Clean Power Plan

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt shakes hands at the state capitol after the annual State of the State address.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt shakes hands at the state capitol after the annual State of the State address.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday officially published its controversial Clean Power Plan — meant to reduce carbon emissions from power plants — and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is already taking the first step toward challenging it in court. Continue Reading

African Crisis Leads To New Water Treatment Option For Oklahoma Towns

Water4's Steve Stewart demonstrates the electricity-free water pump the organization uses in its charitable work in Africa.

Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Water4's Steve Stewart demonstrates the electricity-free water pump the organization uses in its charitable work in Africa.

Oklahoma’s small water systems face a big problem: Drinking water standards are getting stricter, their treatment plants are becoming obsolete, and many cities and towns can’t get the loans and grants needed for expensive upgrades. But one Oklahoma City company says it found a potential solution — in Africa.


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Norman Wants Water Independence, but Still Needs Oklahoma City For Now

Lake Thunderbird, near Norman, Okla.

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Lake Thunderbird, near Norman, Okla.

Norman voters in January approved a water rate increase to pay for much needed improvements at the city’s water treatment plant, and in 2014, the city council decided to meet Norman’s future water needs through reuse and wells, rather than rely more on purchased water from Oklahoma City. Continue Reading

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