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A preview of the big issues StateImpact is watching in 2019

Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest policy issues on deck for the upcoming year and legislative session.


Governor-elect Stitt picks Pruitt ally for top state energy and environment post

Wagner has close personal and business ties to Scott Pruitt, who ran the EPA until he was forced out in July.


Oklahoma Supreme Court sides with industry in fight over oil-field water regulation

In a 6-3 ruling, the state’s highest court agreed the state has “exclusive authority” over produced water.


Landowners wonder if prairie chicken conservation can keep up in competitive grasslands

The federal government is once again considering whether to use the Endangered Species Act to protect the Lesser Prairie Chicken, a finicky bird struggling to thrive in increasingly fragile western grasslands.


Oklahoma Wind Farms Mapped

The most complete accounting of every one of Oklahoma’s 3,736 turbines and 58 wind farm projects.


Oil and gas group sues county officials over water line limits

The Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association seeks an injunction and a ruling that counties lack authority over oil-field wastewater.


Investigators see signs of gas escape and missed warnings in deadly rig explosion

Federal agency is also examining safety equipment and crew training, communication and experience.


Updated: August 9, 2018 | 1:57 pm

OSHA cites and fines three oil and gas companies after deadly rig explosion

The companies face $118,643 in total fines.

Oil and gas companies spent half a million dollars trying to defeat medical marijuana in Oklahoma

Energy companies were the largest business sector contributing to a PAC organized to defeat SQ 788.

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