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Planet Money
10:35 am
Thu July 3, 2014

How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

This spring, the U.S. finally gained back all the jobs that were lost during the recession. In other words, the number of jobs in the country is now higher than it was back in January 2008, at the beginning of the recession.

But the jobs are different — and they're in different places. In a handful of states, there are lots more jobs than there used to be. But in many others, there are still far fewer jobs than there were before the recession.

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Earthquakes and the Oil and Gas Industry
8:54 am
Fri June 27, 2014

StateImpact: After Earthquakes, Oklahomans Call for Accountability, Oil and Gas Regulation

A seismic hazard map of Oklahoma
Credit U.S. Geological Survey / http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/

  Oklahoma has been rattled by a surge of earthquakes, which many scientists say is likely linked to oil and gas drilling. On Thursday night, residents packed a contentious town hall meeting to demand answers from public officials. Joe Wertz from StateImpact Oklahoma reports.

There was booing and shouts for regulators to impose a moratorium on the oil and gas disposal wells. Local resident Ester D. Blaine said she had to take all the pictures off her walls. She says citizens and scientists don’t stand a chance against Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry.

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Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Incentives
9:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Legal Challenge to New Drilling Incentive Could Raise Big Constitutional Questions

A legal challenge to a recently signed bill authored by Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman could have wide-ranging effects.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A controversial bill setting the effective tax rate on new oil and gas wells was one of the capstones of the 2014 legislative session.

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Legislature and Environment
9:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

What Became of the Bills StateImpact Was Watching This Legislative Session?

The Oklahoma Senate
Credit Becky McCray / Flickr

 

From the start of the legislative session on February 3rd, StateImpact Oklahoma had its eye on what was sure to be a heated issue: the coming expiration of a tax credit for horizontally drilled oil and gas wells. Without action, rates would go from one-percent for the first four years of a well’s life, back to 7 percent.

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Oil & Gas Tax Incentives
9:34 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Controversial Tax Incentive for New Oil and Gas Wells

Crews working on a drilling rig in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed a bill that makes permanent a generous tax incentive for new oil and gas drilling.

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Law
3:51 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Texas Family's Nuisance Complaint Seen As Win Against Fracking

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:22 pm

A Dallas jury recently awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict, reached on April 22, is being called a landmark by opponents of the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

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