Federal researchers feared Oklahomans were getting inaccurate information and inadequate warnings from state government scientists and officials tasked with studying and responding to a surge of earthquakes linked to oil and gas activity, a StateImpact investigation has found.
The decision allows the state’s largest utility to continue work installing air scrubbers at its coal-fired power plant in Red Rock, Okla., but environmental groups wanted OG&E to move away from coal.
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 on oil and gas production. Wind companies and supporters, for their part, say the incentives are vital and effective.
Budget cuts and the death of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission were the thrust of mid-April’s regular meeting of the OSRC. But the real fireworks were around State Question 777, which you’ve probably heard referred to as ‘right-to-farm. What you probably haven’t heard it called yet is “State Question 666.” Continue Reading
The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission is a small agency with a big job: Police the Illinois River and protect six of the state’s most delicate waterways from pollution. But budget cuts have forced the commission to plan for its own death.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation that clarifies state regulators’ authority to take action on oil and gas operations linked to earthquakes. Continue Reading
The city of Hugo and its water authority “filed a lawsuit alleging its former drinking water contractor perpetrated fraud, acted negligently, created a public nuisance and breached its contract, among other things,” The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports.
The Oklahoma City energy company said Friday the U.S. government has “dropped its grand jury investigation of possible antitrust violations in the purchase or lease of land, oil or natural gas rights from 2012 and prior years,” The Oklahoman’s Adam Wilmoth reports.
Brooke Hall has lived in the Parkway Mobile Home Park most of her life. She’s never really liked the taste of the water that comes from the park’s wells, but she didn’t think it could be dangerous until she was in the hospital giving birth to her son.
“The Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday against a plan by OG&E to change the way it calculates the bills for rooftop solar users, directing the utility to fully explore the issue in its pending rate case,” The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.