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State Impact
9:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

OKC Residents Upset Over Drilling Near Lake Hefner

  A rowdy crowd of concerned residents shouted at city officials and questioned representatives of an oil company at a Thursday night meeting about a proposal to drill near Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.

As StateImpact’s Joe Wertz reports, many attendees were troubled by the idea of oil drilling near a major city water supply.

The Pedestal Oil Company wants to use horizontal drilling and, possibly, fracking, to tap oil and gas deposits that could be trapped more than a mile below the lake, which supplies drinking water to about 100,000 people.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:52 am
Thu November 13, 2014

What Oklahoma Can Learn From a Municipal Ban on Fracking in Texas

A Frack Free Denton booth at the University of North Texas. On Nov. 4, voters approved a citywide ban on hydraulic fracturing.
Crystal J. Hollis / Flickr

Driven by water worries, safety questions and quality of life concerns, residents in Oklahoma and states other the country have pushed for citywide bans on hydraulic fracturing.

Many of those efforts have proved successful, but, in the end, fracking bans might be more about lawyers than voters.

Using local referendums, residents in states like California, Colorado, New York and Ohio have successfully banned fracking. The anti-fracking fervor has even spread to Texas, the country’s No. 1 crude oil producer. On Election Day, voters in Denton approved a citywide ban on fracking.

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Around the Nation
10:15 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Battle Lines Drawn After Texas Town Bans Fracking

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:15 am

Residents of Denton, Texas, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in their city. It's the first time a city in the state — where energy is king — has voted to ban fracking. State officials have already filed lawsuits to try and overturn the ban.

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The Two-Way
9:37 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Voters In Texas City Approve Ban On Fracking

From left, Topher Jones, Edward Hartmann and Angie Holliday hold a campaign sign outside City Hall in Denton, Texas, on July 15, 2014. Voters in the college town approve a ban on fracking on Tuesday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 12:55 pm

Residents of Denton, Texas, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city.

According to unofficial results posted on the city's website, 58.64 percent of voters supported banning the controversial drilling method that is also called fracking; 41.36 percent voted against the proposition. It's the first time a city in the energy-friendly state has voted to ban fracking.

The vote is expected to be challenged, but Mayor Chris Watts said he would defend the ban.

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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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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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Environment
7:30 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Interim Study Focuses on Inspections of Oklahoma Oil and Gas Wells

Rep. Steve Vaughan of Ponca City
Joe Wertz / State Impact Oklahoma

At an interim hearing at the state capitol Tuesday, a state representative from north-central Oklahoma questioned whether the state was properly inspecting oil and gas wells and had the rules necessary to prevent contamination of water supplies.

Republican Representative Steve Vaughan of Ponca City conducted the interim study and held the hearing. Vaughan is concerned about saltwater pollution in Kay and Noble Counties, which has had large-scale fish-kills for three years in a row.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Corporation Commission Increases Monitoring and Inspections of Disposal Wells

At a meeting Tuesday, Oklahoma Corporation Commission has stepped up monitoring and inspections of disposal wells in earthquake-prone regions of the state.

The efforts come as regulators, scientists and energy companies gather new information on the links between earthquakes and oil and gas production.

Agency inspectors are focusing on a small fraction of the roughly 12,000 injection wells where oil and gas waste is pumped deep underground.

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