Energy

StateImpact Oklahoma
8:35 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Wind Power Projects Pick Up In Oklahoma, Despite Continued Tax Credit Uncertainty

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A federal production tax credit on renewable energy production keeps expiring and getting renewed by Congress, creating a lot of uncertainty in the wind energy industry. Still, by the end of 2013, there were two new wind projects under construction in Oklahoma, and the national trend was toward wind.

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Earthquakes
9:27 am
Thu April 10, 2014

More Earthquakes Rattle Central Oklahoma

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No injuries or damage were reported after a series of earthquakes rattled parts of central Oklahoma overnight, including a 4.1-magnitude temblor that woke many residents near Guthrie.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded four earthquakes near Perry late Wednesday and early Thursday, and two more earthquakes near Guthrie early Thursday.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

OK Policy Poll: Voters Oppose Tax Incentives For Horizontal Drilling

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A new poll shows 64 percent of Oklahoma voters oppose state tax incentives for horizontal drilling and support eliminating the incentive to pay for other government services.

Oklahoma levies a 7 percent tax on oil and gas production, but the horizontal drilling incentive lowers the rate to 1 percent for the first 48 months of production. The incentive expires in 2015, and some Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing to make the reduced rate permanent.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:06 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

City Of Norman Awaiting Permit To Sell Reclaimed Water So Frackers Don’t Have To Use Drinking Water

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A Texas drilling company has tapped a hydrant and is using drinking water from the City of Norman for a hydraulic fracturing operation.

Norman has faced water supply shortages and the city has declared mandatory conservation measures, which restricts activities like outdoor watering and car washing, and hydraulic fracturing uses hundreds of thousands to millions of gallons of water.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:32 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Anadarko’s $5 Billion Environmental Settlement: Four Things Okies Should Know

A Kerr-McGee service station and refinery in Wynnewood, photographed in 1974.
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Anadarko Petroleum on Thursday agreed to pay more than $5 billion for an immense environmental cleanup that includes U.S. sites contaminated by nuclear fuel, rocket fuel waste and wood creosote.

The case was brought by a trust representing the U.S. government, 11 states, Indian tribes and individuals affected by the contamination, and sought funds for cleanups at 2,700 sites in 47 states.

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Parallels
3:15 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

Gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is at the heart of the recent U.S. oil and gas boom. Here, an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation in McKittrick, Calif.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:18 pm

The recent oil and natural gas boom in the U.S. is paying major dividends for Washington's geopolitical clout. Thanks to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is awash in domestic energy, which is having a ripple effect globally.

If you want to gauge one effect of this newfound energy wealth, you don't have to look any further than the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine, says Michael Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:46 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Small Solar And Wind Generators Are Worried About Surcharge Legislation

A wind turbine near Calumet, Okla.
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Solar panel and wind turbine technology is improving rapidly, and many small-scale customers are excited by the potential to generate electricity and sell it — outright, or for credit — back to the grid.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:07 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

To Frack Wells In Norman, Driller Buys City Drinking Water Right From The Hydrant

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For a fee, most municipalities will give contractors and other industrial users a special water meter and temporary access to a city fire hydrant. The meters and hydrant access are often used for construction sites, and the buyer usually pays a higher per-gallon water rate for the high-flow access.

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Business
4:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Why Burning Wood To Stay Warm Is Back In Vogue

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 7:23 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

People in the nation's capital looked up on Sunday to see horizontal snow on the 30th of March. Weekend snow also turned up in Connecticut, Maine and Pennsylvania, and some other places. It was one more reminder of a brutal and long winter, which for some, was also a painfully expensive winter to heat their homes. Record numbers of people have turned to an old-style and cheaper alternative: Wood.

Here's Rhode Island Public Radio's Kristin Gourlay.

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News
3:37 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Is The Latest Climate Report Too Much Of A Downer?

According to a new report, unless more is done to combat climate change, extreme weather like the drought now gripping California will only grow more common.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 11:08 am

Reading through the latest report from the U.N.-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it's hard not to feel despondent about the state of the world.

The report's colorful charts and tables tell of droughts and fires; depleted fisheries and strained cropland; a world in which heat-related disease is on the rise and freshwater is growing scarce.

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