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Inside the Examination of Wind Energy Tax Incentives

A $1.3 billion budget hole and state funding crisis fueled by low crude prices has polarized a debate on the state’s financial support of wind-generated electricity. Wind energy opponents aligned with oil billionaire and Continental Resources founder and CEO Harold Hamm want to kill wind incentives and impose a production tax similar to those levied [...]

The Transportation Department’s New Plan for Inspecting Bridges After Earthquakes

A flowchart from ODOT's new manual on inspecting bridges after earthquakes.

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:

Why Oklahoma’s Earthquake Risk Could Be Lower Than USGS Forecast Suggests

Earthquake activity cracked a wall of a workshop used by monks at St. Gregory's Abbey in Shawnee, Okla.

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 [...]

Regulators Approve New Rules to Settle Disputes Over Earthquake Actions

A SandRidge Energy well in northwestern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to approve new rules specifying how agency staff and disposal well operators will settle disputes over regulatory actions issued to reduce earthquakes. Nearly all operators have voluntarily complied with earthquake-related regulatory actions issued by commission staff, known as directives. But SandRidge Energy in December 2015 refused for weeks [...]

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