In a 6-3 ruling, the state’s highest court agreed the state has “exclusive authority” over produced water.
Oklahoma is all about oil, natural gas and, increasingly, wind energy.
Roughly one-quarter of all jobs in Oklahoma are tied to the energy industry, either directly or indirectly, says Mickey Hepner, an economist and Dean of the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Business Administration.
The state has a unique historical stake in the oil industry, but Oklahoma today is as much an energy state as perhaps it’s ever been, Hepner says, and oil and natural gas helped the state survive the recent recession.
The Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association seeks an injunction and a ruling that counties lack authority over oil-field wastewater.
Federal agency is also examining safety equipment and crew training, communication and experience.
Researchers may have found deep, previously unmapped faults that could be a source of Oklahoma’s earthquake uptick
Scientists have linked thousands of earthquakes to oil-field disposal wells, but new research helps explain why much of the shaking doesn’t line up with maps of known faults.