Thu February 19, 2015

Scientists Call For Better Monitoring, Transparency With Injection Linked Quakes

Oilfield waste arrives by tanker truck at a wastewater disposal facility near Platteville, Colo., January 2013.
William Ellsworth USGS

Scientists with the University of Colorado Boulder and the U.S. Geological Survey are calling for changes in monitoring and addressing human-caused earthquakes.

Over the past 13 years, many parts of the United States that are not earthquake prone have begun experiencing significant quake activity. In Colorado and other states east of the Rocky Mountains, the earthquakes are linked to injection of wastewater from oil and gas production.

The paper, published Feb. 19 in the journal Science, calls for better monitoring of these earthquakes and injection wells linked to such quakes. The ultimate goal is to use such monitoring to change the wastewater injection activities that cause the quakes, reducing risk to humans and property.

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Tue January 13, 2015

'Kings When It's Good': Oklahoma Braces For Possible Crude Crash

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 10:26 am

An oil and gas facility in Roger Mills County in far-western Oklahoma. The governor is warning state agencies that low oil prices could stall the state economy.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The sign on the front door of Pecan Creek Catering in New Cordell, Okla., may say closed, but this kitchen is open for business. It used to be a cafe, but owner Chad Igo closed the restaurant years ago to focus on catering exclusively to the oil industry.

"We're kings when it's good. They love us. But as soon as it gets tight, we're the first one to get cut," he says.

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Thu December 18, 2014

Nebraska, Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Recreational Marijuana

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says Colorado's marijuana laws should be struck down because they violate the Controlled Substances Act.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Two of Colorado’s neighboring states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the state’s recreational marijuana laws. Attorneys General for Nebraska and Oklahoma say Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws clearly conflict with federal law, and they want the country’s highest court to shut the industry down.

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Mon August 18, 2014

Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 4:57 am

A wind-powered water pump and a wind-driven electricity turbine share a field near the town of Calumet in western Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz NPR

Oklahoma is the nation's fourth-largest generator of wind energy. But wind developers in the northeast corner of the state, where the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve lies, are up against stiff opposition from an unlikely pair of allies: environmentalists and oil interests.

Bob Hamilton, director of the Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, has been fighting to block construction of a 68-turbine wind farm.

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Mon July 28, 2014

Midwest Becomes A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Map

Cattle come to Van Housen Feed Yard to be fattened up before heading to one of the nearby meat packing plants. Drought in beef states like Texas and Oklahoma has led to growth feedlots in Nebraska.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media