Oklahoma oil and gas authorities are expanding regulations on disposal wells in earthquake-prone regions of the state. The orders, known as directives, were issued this week and broaden restrictions issued nearly four months ago.
President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison Thursday when he toured the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution outside Oklahoma City. During his trip, Obama urged reconsideration of the current criminal justice system.
President Obama walked down Cell Block B, taking in the two-story medium security prison, with a corrections officer and Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels. He peeked inside a tiny 90 square foot cell that holds up to three inmates, which he said highlights the need for prison reform.
President Obama toured a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday and said the nation needs to reconsider policies that contribute to a huge spike in the number of people behind bars.
In an unprecedented visit by a sitting president, Obama met with half a dozen inmates at the El Reno prison, outside Oklahoma City. The trip was part of a weeklong push by the White House to focus attention on the president's call for criminal justice reform.
Lawmakers have scheduled capitol hearings and oil and gas regulators will soon issue stricter guidelines on¬†disposal wells¬†linked to the shaking. Future earthquakes are a big concern, but one Oklahoma institution is still dealing with the damage one quake caused nearly four years ago.
St. Gregory‚Äôs University is an Oklahoma earthquake icon. When the 5.7-magnitude quake struck near the city of Prague in November 2011, one of the school‚Äôs century-old, Tudor Gothic-style towers collapsed. Another started spitting bricks.
The earthquake is Oklahoma‚Äôs largest recorded with modern instruments. It‚Äôs also the largest earthquake anywhere that scientists have linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry. Two people were injured. None at St. Gregory‚Äôs.
Millions of American students don‚Äôt have access to high speed internet at home, putting them at an educational disadvantage. On Wednesday, president Barack Obama began his two-day visit to Oklahoma by unveiling a new plan to bring internet service into low income households.
The president was met with applause and introduced himself with the Choctaw greeting ‚ÄúHalito‚ÄĚ at Durant High School in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Obama checked off some of the accomplishments under his administration --- like private sector job growth, a stronger housing market and more insured Americans. That, he said, is the good news.
‚ÄúBut I also made it clear when I came into office, even as we‚Äôre trying to make sure the entire economy recovers, we also have to pay attention to those communities that all too often have been neglected and fallen behind,‚ÄĚ Obama said. ‚ÄúAnd as part of that, I said, ‚ÄėWe‚Äôre going to do better by our First Americans. We‚Äôre going to do better.‚Äô‚ÄĚ