earthquakes

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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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:56 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Oil, Drought and Earthquakes Discussed at Governor’s Energy Conference

Col. Michael Teague, Secretary of Energy and Environment, and Governor Mary Fallin speak at the Governor's Energy Conference on Thursday afternoon.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Politicians, agency leaders and energy industry executives gathered in Oklahoma City Thursday for the Governor’s Energy Conference. The annual event is largely promotional, but as Joe Wertz from StateImpact reports, it also serves as a preview of the biggest energy policy topics for the coming year.

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Environment
12:23 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Woman Injured in 2011 Earthquake Suing Disposal Well Operators

A disposal well near Prague, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck near Prague, Okla., in November 2011 toppled Sandra Ladra’s chimney, raining rocks “on her lap and legs.”

Ladra on Aug. 4 filed a lawsuit against energy companies that operate disposal wells she claims caused the quake. She is seeking $75,000 in actual damages plus punitive damages, the Journal Record‘s D. Ray Tuttle reports.

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Public Discussion on Fracking and Wastewater Wells
8:44 am
Mon August 11, 2014

StateImpact's Logan Layden to Moderate Norman Fracking Forum

Will Goree "Norman Fracking Forum" Facebook event page

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," remains a much-talked-about topic in Oklahoma.

Norman Public Library hosts a public forum on the subject tonight at 7:00 p.m. and StateImpact’s Logan Layden will be moderating. He sat down with KOSU’s Nikole Robinson Carroll for this preview of the event.

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Environment
8:12 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Is Fracking To Blame For Increase In Quakes In Oklahoma?

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Around the Nation
1:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Why A Texas City May Ban Fracking

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

The town of Denton, Texas is embroiled in a debate over fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, to extract natural gas. Fracking has brought a steady stream of revenue to Denton for years, but this Tuesday, the Denton city council will consider banning fracking because of environmental concerns. For more, I spoke with Abrahm Lustgarten. He's an environmental reporter for ProPublica, and he explained what some residents of Denton are worried about.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:19 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

High-Rate Disposal Wells Could Have Triggered Oklahoma Earthquakes, New Study Suggests

Joe Wertz / State Impact Oklahoma

This year, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes than California. There is a growing body of scientific research that suggests oil and gas production is fueling this increase in seismic activity.

new paper published today in the journal Science, suggests a small number of wastewater wells used in drilling operations could be responsible for many of the quakes.

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23rd & Lincoln
8:40 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Nearly 100 Requests for Interim Studies Filed By Oklahoma Lawmakers

The 2014 Oklahoma legislative session officially ended last month, but as The Journal Record’s Marie Price explains, there’s still work to be done and issues to study.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol at JRLR.net.

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