Wheat prices are falling to $5 a bushel, the lowest price in five years. As KOSU’s Rachel Hubbard reports for NPR, low prices are costing Oklahoma farmers between $20,000 and $30,000. Continue Reading
In the five years since earthquakes first began blitzing Oklahoma, state officials have been hesitant to agree with scientists who blamed the oil and gas industry.
While the shaking doesn’t appear to be slowing, the regulatory response is now quickly ramping up.
Oklahoma lost a greater percentage of its honeybee colonies than any other state over the last year. On Tuesday, beekeepers, scientists, and farmers gathered at Langston University’s Oklahoma City campus to give their input on a plan to better protect pollinators of all kinds.
The discussion centered on balancing the need to apply pesticides to crops, with the dangers those chemicals pose to pollinating insects. The main point of contention was whether to make the location of managed colonies available online. It would allow pesticide applicators to avoid bees, but would also let potential thieves to know exactly where the valuable hives are. Continue Reading
U.S. Chief District Judge Gregory Frizzell granted a preliminary injunction after finding the feds “failed to provide a factual basis for its determination that the new regulations would not adversely impact small businesses” and “overstepped its authority in determining how much royalties should be paid by leaseholders,” the Tulsa World reports.
Almost half of the water used by Oklahomans comes from aquifers, and four years of drought increased that reliance. This year’s record-setting rainfall filled up the state’s lakes, but recharging aquifers doesn’t happen so quickly.
About 7,000 residents in Hugo lived for months with unsafe drinking water because a private company improperly disinfected municipal water supplies and misreported data to local and state officials.
Severn Trent Services, which took over the city’s water treatment in 2007, “didn’t use enough chlorine for more than 300 days over the course of two years,” Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality findings show, The Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:
Hugo residents were potentially exposed to deadly viruses and bacteria because the company didn’t use the most basic water disinfecting chemical, according to agency findings.
Gov. Mary Fallin and other members of a council tasked with studying Oklahoma’s uptick in seismic activity say “changes in regulatory policies governing disposal wells will not have an immediate impact on the number of earthquakes in the state,” the Tulsa World’s Barbara Hoberock reports.
Oklahoma oil and gas authorities on Monday ordered the operators of 23 disposal wells in two counties to reduce the amount of wastewater pumped underground. Continue Reading
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday finalized its Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s attempt to cut carbon emissions from power plants by more than 30 percent nationwide.
Though just finalized, the plan has been in the works for two years, and Oklahoma officials have opposed it every step of the way. Continue Reading