StateImpact Oklahoma
9:50 am
Tue May 5, 2015

StateImpact On OETA: Why The State’s Official Position On Earthquake Cause Matters

The Oklahoma Geological Survey recently revised its formal position on Oklahoma’s exponential surge in earthquake activity, acknowledging for the first time in a official public statement that most of the seismic activity recently recorded in the state was linked to oil and gas activity.

On the May 1 episode of Oklahoma News Report, Joe Wertz talked with OETA host Dick Pryor about the earthquake situation and what the formal acknowledgement means for the state going forward, and also detailed efforts by the U.S. Geological Survey to forecast the hazard posed by oil and gas-related earthquakes.

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2:06 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Diary Of An Oil Worker Fighting To Keep His Job

Neil LaRubbio on the job site. (Neil LaRubbio/Inside Energy)

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 3:37 pm

Oil is a tough business, and when oil prices fall, like they’ve done over the last six months, one of the first things oil companies do is cut back on workers and on the number of drilling rigs.

There were about half as many rigs in March as there were last September, and fewer rigs means more competition for jobs on drill sites.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unveils Home Battery; Is $3,000 Cheap Enough?

A photo released by Tesla shows its new Powerwall lithium-ion battery pack mounted on the wall (left) of a garage behind one of the company's electric cars.
Tesla Energy

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 11:33 am

In an ambitious bid to move beyond the electric car market, Tesla has announced that it will start selling large batteries to let homeowners store electricity. The Powerwall home battery starts at $3,000.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new batteries Thursday night, in a move that had been both highly anticipated and the subject of much speculation. With a sleek surface and a depth of only about 7 inches, the Powerwall can be mounted on a garage wall or another surface, indoors or outside. It's roughly 4 feet high and 3 feet wide.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:31 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

City Officials Reconsider Drilling Ordinances As Anti-Frack Ban Legislation Moves Forward

Stillwater resident Tammy Mix stands in front of an oil and gas well behind her house.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma
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5:17 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Oklahoma Now Has More Earthquakes Than California

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 11:42 pm

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DANIELLE DOZIER: We are going to be feeling that.

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8:42 am
Thu April 23, 2015

PBS Newshour: Oklahoma Links Earthquakes To Oil And Gas Industry Wastewater

Since 2009, there’s been a drastic increase in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma. Many people think it’s tied to an increase in oil and gas drilling, but due to the energy boom, state officials have been reluctant to draw a connection.

On Tuesday, state officials acknowledged the quakes are likely caused by wells used to dispose of wastewater from both traditional drilling methods, as well as hydraulic fracturing.

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Around the Nation
5:53 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, gestures to a chart of Oklahoma earthquakes in June 2014 as he talks about recent earthquake activity at his offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. The state had three times as many earthquakes as California last year.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 1:25 pm

A magnitude-3.0 earthquake is small, but most people can feel it. Historically, Oklahoma got less than two of those a year, but in 2013 it became two a week.

It's only gotten more active since then — last year, the state had three times as many earthquakes as in the entire seismically active state of California.

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3:39 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Geologists Link Oklahoma Earthquakes To Fracking Waste Disposal

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 1:24 pm

The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is “very likely” that most of the state’s recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations.

Geologists have been studying the cause of hundreds of earthquakes that have shaken the homes and the nerves of residents in central and north-central Oklahoma, where the pace of oil and gas drilling has accelerated in recent years.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:23 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Oklahoma Seismologist: Quakes ‘Very Likely’ Triggered By Oil And Gas Disposal Wells

The offices of Gov. Mary Fallin and the Secretary of Energy and Environment debuted a new web portal,, to serve as a "one-stop-shop" for quake research and regulatory news.

Disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry are ‘very likely’ responsible for the recent surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma, the state seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday.

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4:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Researchers Fly Over Shale Fields To Study Air Pollution

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:25 pm

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