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Oklahoma On Track to Top California in Wind Power Capacity

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Oklahoma remained No. 4 in the U.S. in installed wind power capacity during the second quarter of 2016, but a national industry group expects the state to move up the ranks by the end of the year. No new wind farms have been completed in recent months, according to a report from the American Wind [...]

Coal Ash Bedevils Oklahoma Town, Revealing Weakness of EPA Rule

A sign marks the entrance of MMHF, LLC's Reclamation Pit No. 2.

Coal is the king of modern electricity generation in the United States. It’s also responsible for one of the nation’s largest streams of industrial waste. About 130 million tons of coal ash containing arsenic, cadmium and mercury are produced every year. The waste can be disposed of — or recycled. But critics and residents in southeastern Oklahoma question whether federal rules and state regulations are enough to keep the public safe.

Oil Companies Ask Judge to Toss Federal Earthquake Lawsuit

Oklahoma oil and gas companies are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by members of an environmental group that seeks to reduce production waste that could be fueling a spike in earthquakes. The lawsuit was filed under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act in February by the Oklahoma chapter of the [...]

Governor Signs Bill to Bank Booming Revenue to Fund State During Oil Busts

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

Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law legislation that banks boom-time tax revenues to cushion the state during energy downturns. The Energy Revenues Stabilization Act was created through House Bill 2763, authored by Rep. John Montgomery, R-Lawton. The measure siphons off above-average tax revenues levied on corporations and oil and gas production and saves [...]

Reuters: Insurance Companies Limit Exposure as Oklahoma Earthquakes Soar

Insurance companies moved to limit their exposure as Oklahoma’s earthquake rate exploded, according to an investigation by Reuters. Examining thousands of pages of documents from the Oklahoma Insurance Commission, reporter Luc Cohen found the efforts by nearly a dozen insurance companies “often occurred at the expense of homeowners”: Even as they insured more and more [...]

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