9:42 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Chesapeake Energy Faces Racketeering Accusations

A Michigan Judge Will Rule On Whether Chesapeake Energy Will Face Trial On Racketeering Charges.
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A northern Michigan judge plans to issue a ruling on whether Chesapeake Energy should stand trial on racketeering charges that accuse it of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:15 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Residents File Class-Action Lawsuit To Block Wind Turbines Near Kingfisher

Windmills near Weatherford, Oklahoma.
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Seven landowners filed a class-action lawsuit this week to prevent wind turbines from being built near their homes in Canadian and Kingfisher counties.

In the complaint, which is embedded above, the landowners claim that planned wind farm projects controlled by Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy would create a nuisance, devalue their property and adversely affect their health.

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Xanadu Exploration
6:17 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Slaughterville Says Yes To Oil Drilling In Town

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Officials in a central Oklahoma town say it's OK for a business to start oil drilling in the area.

The Norman Transcript reports the Slaughterville Town Council voted 3 to 1 at a special meeting Tuesday to approve a permit for Xanadu Exploration to drill a well. The company's president Larry Sweet was present at the meeting to answer questions.

Town administrator Marsha Blair says Slaughterville has ordinances to keep wells away from homes and to monitor the cleanliness of well sites.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:19 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

State Agencies Concerned About Carrying Out EPA’s ‘Aggressive’ Air Pollution Plan

Power lines extend out from the Oklaunion coal-fired power plant near Vernon, Texas.
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State environmental and utility regulators on Thursday said it would be a struggle to accomplish carbon dioxide reduction goals outlined in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan.”

The EPA’s proposal, first outlined in June, “would mean carbon dioxide reductions of more than 40 percent from Oklahoma power plants by 2030,” The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports:

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Oklahoma Dept. Of Mines
4:12 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Grant Money Will Pay For Federal Training And Retraining Of Miners

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The Oklahoma Department of Mines has been chosen to receive a nearly $108,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mining Safety and Health Administration.

The $107,800 grant was announced Thursday.

The money is to be used to provide federally required training to miners. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Injection Well Earthquakes Feel Weaker Than Natural Ones, New Study Suggests

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While a growing chorus of scientific research has linked Oklahoma’s recent spike in earthquake activity to oil and gas industry disposal wells, a new study suggests such artificial earthquakes are less intense than naturally occurring temblors.

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5:04 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

A wind-powered water pump and a wind-driven electricity turbine share a field near the town of Calumet in western Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz NPR

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:57 am

Oklahoma is the nation's fourth-largest generator of wind energy. But wind developers in the northeast corner of the state, where the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve lies, are up against stiff opposition from an unlikely pair of allies: environmentalists and oil interests.

Bob Hamilton, director of the Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, has been fighting to block construction of a 68-turbine wind farm.

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Oklahoma Voices
10:46 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Norman Residents Hear About Possibilities Of Banning Fracking At Public Forum

Terry Stowers, a Norman mineral owner attorney and Executive Director of the coalition of Oklahoma Surface and Mineral Owners listens with apparent consternation during a dispute with New York Attorney and activist David Slottje.
Joy Hampton The Norman Transcript

The Lowry Room at the Norman Public Library filled to capacity Monday night, and a mass of people packed into the hallways to listen to a forum on hydraulic fracturing that included an OU scientist, an assistant city attorney, and a lawyer from upstate New York who’s helped communities there ban fracking.

StateImpact’s Logan Layden moderated the event as each panelist made a presentation, and read questions from the audience.

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Around the Nation
4:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Comment Period For Offshore Drilling Ends Friday

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 6:36 am

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Rooftop Solar And Wind Turbines Affected
1:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Murphy Sets Meeting To Discuss Impact Of New Law On Distributed Generated Electricity

Solar panels on a home.
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Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy will host a meeting to discuss the implementation of SB1456, the distributed electrical energy bill approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Mary Fallin earlier this year.

Murphy had called for inclusion of distributed generation in a notice of inquiry on wind generation approved by the commission Tuesday.

Commissioners Patrice Douglas and Bob Anthony, however, wanted to address the issues separately.

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