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Delayed Federal Fracking Rules Affect Wells on Tribal Land in Oklahoma

A water line for hydraulic fracturing traverses an oil and gas access road in Woods County.

A federal judge in Wyoming this week delayed the start of new rules for fracking on federal lands, issuing a temporary stay to give the federal government more time to explain how it developed the rule, The Hill and Casper Star-Tribune report. The Hill’s Timothy Cama says the ruling is a setback for the Obama [...]

Wind Projects in Osage County Dividing ‘Neighbors and Families’

Wind energy companies have high hopes for Osage County. It’s windy, of course, but unlike other windy areas of western Oklahoma, Osage County is a lot closer to the heavy-duty electrical infrastructure needed to transport power from turbines to the grid. Wind farms have met resistance in other Oklahoma communities, but opposition to the Osage [...]

OETA in Osage County: Finds Frustrated Cattlemen, No Answers from BIA

Osage County is the only county in Oklahoma that isn’t monitored by the Corporation Commission, the state’s oil and gas regulator. Mineral rights in Osage County are held in a federal trust for the Osage Nation, and oil and gas drilling is regulated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Landowners and the tribe say the BIA [...]

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