Oklahoma

Economy, Energy, Natural Resources: Policy to People

Topics

Natural Resources

Background

Policy related to Oklahoma’s water, wildlife and outdoors.

Latest Posts

Environmental Authorities Order Fixes After Diesel Spill in Ada

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has ordered city officials in Ada to make a series of fixes to ensure the community has clean drinking water after 2,000 gallons of diesel spilled on the ground near city water wells in April of 2015. DEQ’s orders include stricter sampling, testing and monitoring of wells, the construction [...]

With Water Settlement Inked, Tribes Now Selling The Details Back Home

After five years of confidential negotiations, the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations have reached an agreement with the State of Oklahoma over water in southeast Oklahoma. The deal has been praised by state leaders as a historic accord that ends the tribes’ lawsuit that blocked Oklahoma City’s plan to pump water out of the region. But the deal still has to be sold to tribe members in that part of the state.

Why Some Cities Are Lining Up to Fight Against Ballot Question on Right-to-Farm

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission and audience members listen to a presentation on right-to-farm at the April 19 meeting in Tahlequah, Okla.

City leaders in Edmond adopted a resolution urging citizens to reject State Question 777. Their counterparts in Choctaw appear likely to do the same, and the Norman City Council has booked a presentation from an organization fighting against the question, which would amend the state constitution to include the “right-to-farm” and prevent lawmakers from passing [...]

StateImpact on NPR: In Oklahoma, A National Park That Got Demoted

NPR’s “All Things Considered” aired a national version of our story on The Chickasaw National Recreation area as part of its special series on the centennial of the National Park Service. Chickasaw National Recreation Area is not a national park — but it used to be. And the story of what happened illustrates a changing view of what [...]

About StateImpact

StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives.
Learn More »

Economy
Education