earthquakes

StateImpact Oklahoma
8:39 am
Thu December 18, 2014

StateImpact’s Biggest Stories of 2014 and a Preview of Reporting for the Coming Year

Brothers and business partners Fred and Wayne Schmedt stand in their family's wheat field near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

StateImpact racked up thousands of miles traveling across the state this year, filing more than 40 full-length radio features and hundreds of web posts on how government energy, environmental and economic policy affects ordinary Oklahomans. And many of those stories involve issues that are ongoing.

EPA Regulations

On of the first broadcast stories we filed this year was on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional haze rule, and how pollution from Texas coal plants dirties the skies above the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma. Volunteer firefighter and avid hiker Bill Cunningham took us to the top of Mount Scott to show us the pollution the rules are supposed to fight.

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Local News
8:26 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Headlines: High School Football, QuikTrip & Nazi Toy Ring

Headlines for Thursday, December 11, 2014:

  • Later today, an Oklahoma judge is ruling on the case of a high school football playoff game. (Tulsa World)

  • Drug addicts are targeting homes for sale in Stillwater.  (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma health officials want lawmakers to build a new public health lab. (NewsOK)

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Local News
8:33 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Headlines: High School Playoffs Delay, Executions & Tinker Bribery

Headlines for Friday, December 5, 2014:

  • A judge is delaying a 3A football playoff game between Locust Grove and Heritage Hall. (Tulsa World)

  • A U.S. District Judge is considering new rules by Oklahoma to limit media outlets at executions. (Journal Record)

  • The President of an Oklahoma City defense contractor faces charges of bribing a Tinker official. (NewsOK)

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Environment
10:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Experts Meet in Oklahoma to Update U.S. Maps With Manmade Earthquake Hazards

A panel of state geological surveys and oil and gas regulators at the National Seismic Hazard Workshop on Induced Seismicity, held in November at a conference center in Midwest City, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Scientists, regulators and technical experts from the energy industry met in Oklahoma to discuss how earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations should be accounted for on national seismic hazard maps, which are used by the construction and insurance industries and pubic safety planners.

The three-day workshop started Nov. 17 and was co-hosted by the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Environment
7:15 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Stillwater Plans for Earthquakes

Credit facebook.com/StwSema

Stillwater’s Emergency Management Office is working with a new list of priorities focused on earthquakes.  

Working in unchartered territory, the office developed recommendations based on California protocol, a state with longstanding and time tested earthquake safety practices.

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Politics
9:32 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Interim Study Looks at Correlation Between Disposal Wells and Earthquakes

An interim study examines the correlation between wastewater disposal wells and earthquakes in Oklahoma.

The hearing brought together geologists from the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the Corporation Commission, and Oklahoma State University to lay the groundwork for future legislation through the sharing of information.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:23 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Hearing on Disposal Well Rules Exposes Gaps in State’s Earthquake Response

Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater, questions Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague at an interim study and hearing about earthquakes and disposal well oversight held in October 2014.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s earthquake surge is unrelenting. The shaking is rattling residents and cracking the foundations of homes.

The quakes have also strained state agencies, which are struggling to keep up with the ongoing swarm while simultaneously developing a longer-term plan to analyze and address factors that might be triggering the earthquakes.


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Politics
7:14 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Lawmakers Study Possible Link Between Earthquakes and Fracking

Joe Wertz / State Impact Oklahoma

A week from Tuesday, an interim study conducted by state representatives Cory Williams and Jason Murphey examines the correlation between wastewater disposal wells and the rise in earthquakes.

Lawmakers hope the information helps create legislation to better protect the environment, citizens, and corporations going forward.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:39 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Rumbles of New Scrutiny as Quakes Continue to Surge in Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin and Michael Teague, Secretary of Energy and Environment, talk to reporters at the Governor's Energy Conference in 2014.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s earthquake surge and possible links to oil and gas activity have been studied in scientific papers, discussed at heated town-hall meetings and explored regulatory hearings.

The quakes are now triggering some rumblings at the state Capitol.

About 4,000 earthquakes have shaken Oklahoma this year, data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey show. Most of the quakes have been small — roughly 10 percent were 3.0-magnitude or greater, the threshold at which seismologists say the temblors are likely perceivable.

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Local News
9:12 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Local Group Raising Awareness About Fracking

The ground is shaking in Stillwater and residents are taking action to protect their property, the environment, and their lives.  

KOSU’s Kate Strum reports on what one resident is doing to raise awareness.

Stillwater resident Angela Spotts founded the group Stop Fracking Payne County.

It educates community members on the science, economics, and politics of the link between earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing.

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