Energy

12:47 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Weather Underground: The Arrival Of Man-Made Earthquakes

Interesting piece on Oklahoma's earthquake surge published today in The New Yorker that adds cultural and historical context to the challenges facing scientists, regulators, residents and elected officials:
In the fall of 2011, students in Katie Keranen's seismology course at the University of Oklahoma buried portable seismograph stations around the campus, in anticipation of a football game between the Sooners and the Texas A. & M. Aggies.
The Two-Way
9:26 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Large Hadron Collider Goes Back Online After 2-Year Hiatus

The Control Centre of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Prevessin near Geneva. The LHC has been turned on for the first time after two years of upgrades.
Denis Balibouse Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 6:15 am

The Large Hadron Collider — the giant particle accelerator in Switzerland that confirmed the Higgs boson — is back online after two years and ready to ramp up to twice its previous proton-smashing energy.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:43 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Stillwater Officials: Lobbyists Warned Of Legislation If Drilling Ordinance Vote Not Delayed

Officials in at least two cities have publicly questioned bills filed during the 2015 legislative session that would limit the local governments’ authority to regulate oil and gas activity.

The bills’ authors say the measures are meant to prevent towns, cities and counties from banning or effectively banning oil and gas drilling and related production activities, like hydraulic fracturing. Officials in Norman and Stillwater, for their part, say the legislation is an overreach that could limit their ability to write ordinances to protect the health and safety of local residents.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:10 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Wind Regulation Bill Moves Forward With Industry’s Blessing

Credit mtneer_man / Flickr

Legislation adding siting restrictions and reporting requirements to new wind energy developments passed a House committee Tuesday.

Senate Bill 808 is now the primary wind regulation bill for the 2015 legislative session, replacing the similarly worded House Bill 1549, Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, tells The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies:

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Energy
8:17 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Bill To Prohibit Local Fracking Bans Clears Senate Panel

Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

A Senate panel has approved a bill that would limit cities and towns from passing local ordinances restricting oil and gas drilling and exploration.

The Senate Energy Committee voted 10-1 on Wednesday to advance the bill by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman. The measure now heads to the full Senate.

The Two-Way
10:42 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Major Power Outage Darkens Dozens Of Cities In Turkey

Parts of the subway system were shut down in the city of Bursa when a major power outage hit cities and provinces across Turkey on Tuesday.
Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 2:10 pm

A massive power outage hit dozens of Turkish cities and provinces Tuesday, bringing public transportation services to a halt and disrupting businesses that have no backup power.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said officials are investigating all possible causes, including a terrorist attack, for the electricity shutoff across Turkey, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:14 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Oil Executive’s Meeting With Oklahoma Seismologist: Conversation Or Intimidation?

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, seated in the center, at a capitol hearing on Oklahoma's earthquake surge.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

In November 2013, Oklahoma state seismologist Austin Holland was called into a meeting with University of Oklahoma President David Boren and Continental Resources Chairman and oil billionaire Harold Hamm, EnergyWire’s Mike Sorgahan reported earlier this month.

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Joe's Big Idea
1:34 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

Smart phones contain a silicon chip inside the camera that might be used to detect rare, high energy particles from outer space.
J. Yang/Courtesy of WIPAC

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:40 am

Scientists in California are hoping to use your smart phone to solve a cosmic mystery. They're developing an app to turn your phone into a cosmic ray detector. If enough people install the app, the scientists think they'll be able to figure out once and for all what's producing the very energetic cosmic rays that occasionally hit the Earth.

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U.S.
8:45 am
Mon March 30, 2015

With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

Cushing, Okla., is a major oil storage site. Amid record oil production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all.
Daniel Acker Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:16 am

Never before has the U.S. had so much oil spurting up out of the ground and sloshing into storage tanks around the country. There's so much oil that the U.S. now rivals Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer.

But there has been some concern that the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. Some analysts speculate that could spark another dramatic crash in oil prices.

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