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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 [...]

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 [...]

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