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Legislature Approves ‘Critical Infrastructure’ Bill Critics Say Could Curb Public Protest

A bill that adds steep criminal penalties for trespassing on sites containing “critical infrastructure” cleared its final legislative hurdle Wednesday and now awaits Gov. Mary Fallin’s signature. For more on House Bill 1123, here’s our story from March 2017. Oklahoma Bill To Protect ‘Critical Infrastructure’ Could Curb Public Protest, Critics Say Oklahoma legislators are advancing [...]

Injection Well Earthquakes Feel Weaker Than Natural Ones, New Study Suggests

While a growing chorus of scientific research has linked Oklahoma’s recent spike in earthquake activity to oil and gas industry disposal wells, a new study suggests such artificial earthquakes are less intense than naturally occurring temblors. The peer-reviewed paper appears in the October 2014 edition of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America and [...]

StateImpact Won Some Awards, Again!

The Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Professional Chapter hosted the 2013 version of its annual awards event on Saturday. StateImpact Oklahoma came away with a nice haul of plaques and certificates for our website and radio stories, including a sweep of the online writing category.

Low Wages, Manpower Shortage to Blame for Tulsa’s Water Problems

Waterworks at the Mohawk Water Treatment Plant in Tulsa, Okla.

Tulsa’s water system is one of the largest in the state, and as StateImpact has reported, serves rural water districts and communities well beyond the city limits. And it’s been lucky. The recent drought hasn’t been as severe for the Tulsa area, and it’s in the eastern half of the state, where most of the [...]

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