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Oil and gas companies want to comply with regulators’ requests to shut down disposal wells if it blunts the boom of earthquakes, but they want the state to clarify the process used to dispute such requests, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports.

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A former research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey says agency leaders and other state officials fostered a culture of hesitation and reluctance to act on science suggesting the state’s earthquake boom was linked to oil and gas activities.

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Oklahoma Gas and Electric, the state’s largest electricity utility, wants regulators to approve new fees for customers who install solar panels. The request is now in the hands of Oklahoma’s three-member Corporation Commission, which has to weigh the real cost of reliable electricity and put a fair value on power from the sun.

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has rejected a plan by the state's largest electric utility that would have resulted in customers' bills going up by more than 15 percent over the next five years.

The commission voted 2-1 Wednesday to deny Oklahoma Gas & Electric's proposal to recover from consumers a little more than $1 billion in costs to comply with new environmental regulations and update one of its aging plants.

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Several environmental and pro-solar energy groups on Tuesday protested a proposal by the state's largest electric utility to impose new charges on customers who generate their own electricity by using solar power.

About three dozen people demonstrated outside the Jim Thorpe Building in Oklahoma City during a break in testimony before an Oklahoma Corporation Commission judge about the new "distributive tariffs" that Oklahoma Gas & Electric wants to impose on customers who install solar panels.

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Oklahoma oil and gas authorities on Tuesday ordered cutbacks at disposal wells in north-central Oklahoma.

The restrictions come after a barrage of earthquakes near the town of Medford.

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Oklahoma regulators, agency officials and lawmakers at a capitol hearing on Friday gave a mixed review of the state’s response to earthquakes linked to oil and gas production.

The Senate Energy Committee meeting underscored the ongoing challenge of predicting and preventing potential disaster while preserving the economically vital industry that could cause it.

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An upsurge of earthquakes linked to the oil and gas industry continues to rattle Oklahoma, but new research suggests most of the significant earthquakes recorded in the state over the last century also were likely triggered by drilling activity.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging Oklahoma oil and gas officials to issue more regulatory actions to stem the surge of industry-linked earthquakes.

An EPA review that concluded Sept. 29 recommends the Oklahoma Corporation Commission “implement additional regulatory actions … including further reduction of injection volumes,” EnergyWire’s Mike Soraghan reports.

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Marjo Operating Co. Inc. is the first oil and gas operator to challenge regulatory actions issued by state regulators attempting to curb an ongoing surge of earthquakes linked to the industry.

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