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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:35 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Lacking State Policy, Local Politics Test The Promise Of Wind Energy In Oklahoma

Tammy and Rick Huffstutlar's home near Calument, Okla., is surrounded by the Canadian Hills Wind Farm. The couple says they're considering moving because of the constant noise and shadow flicker.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Many Oklahomans are excited about the promise of wind energy, and the state is moving up the national ranks in wind power capacity.

But some are turning their backs on wind turbines, and the struggle highlights the challenges of regulating renewable energy.

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When Tammy and Rick Huffstutlar bought their home and acreage 35 years ago, they were excited about living on a farm. But for the last year, Tammy says she’s been living in the middle of an industrial park.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:24 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Sierra Club Report Claims Keystone XL Pipeline Fails Obama’s Climate Test

A worker inspects a segment of the Keystone Pipeline before it's lowered into a trench near Stroud, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

President Obama is still deciding whether to approve the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would unlock vast supplies of Canadian tar sands oil for the U.S. and global markets.

During a major climate speech in June, Obama reiterated his support for the project, with one stipulation:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:54 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma’s Wind Energy Transmission Gap, In Two Images

Credit Global Energy Network Institute

Oklahoma has a lot of wind energy potential, and the state’s overall capacity for wind-powered electricity generation is growing.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:43 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Can Coal Plants Dump Unlimited Amounts Of Toxic Metals Into OK’s Waterways?

Grand Riverkeeper Earl Hatley stands at the edge of the GRDA power plant's property near Chouteau, Okla
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

There’s a report out from a group of environmental organizations including Waterkeeper Alliance and the Sierra Club that says there are “essentially no limits” on the amounts toxic metals coal-fired power plants can dump into Oklahoma’s waterways.

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StateImpact Texas
8:42 am
Wed August 28, 2013

New Study Finds Another Link Between Drilling and Earthquakes

Cliff Frohlich of the University of Texas at Austin.
Credit Terrence Henry / StateImpact Texas

new study shows yet another link between oil and gas drilling and manmade earthquakes in Texas. The report, by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, says that a recent string of quakes in the Eagle Ford Shale formation of South Texas are mostly a result of oil and gas drilling.

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8:15 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Comparing State Taxes on Unconventional Oil and Gas Production

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State government's financial support of horizontal drilling is being questioned. What was once unique, is now commonplace. The Oklahoma Policy Institute and Headwater Econmics studied just where the state ranks in incentives provided to oil and gas companies.
Download the 2-page Major Findings Download the Full Study A new study from Headwater Economics, in conjunction with Oklahoma Policy Institute, finds that Oklahoma's taxes on unconventional production of oil and gas, or horizontal drilling, are among the nation's lowest and would remain relatively low even if the state eliminated the tax breaks currently benefiting horizontal drilling.
Energy
1:54 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Labor Day Motorists To Get Break At Oklahoma Pumps

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Oklahoma motorists will pay less for fuel during the long Labor Day weekend than they did a year ago.

AAA Oklahoma says Tuesday's national average price for regular gasoline is $3.54 per gallon. But the average price in Oklahoma is about $3.45 per gallon. That's 16-cents less than last year's $3.61 per gallon.

Tuesday's national average price is nine cents less than a month ago and 21 cents less than the same day last year.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:14 am
Thu August 22, 2013

As Oklahoma’s Oilfield Booms, State Tax Breaks Follow

Toolpusher and rig manager Darrin Silcot walks the perimeter of a Triad Energy horizontal drilling operation near Alva, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The energy industry fuels Oklahoma’s economy, and the state is flush with active rigs and plentiful oil and natural gas production.

Oklahoma’s oilfields are booming, as are state tax credits for drilling, which is leading some to question whether it’s sound fiscal policy to incentivize a thriving industry.

Joe Wertz visits and oil well site to help explain differing opinions on taxpayer support for drilling.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:46 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

New Secretary of Energy and Environment Has No Oil Experience, Says Oklahoma Oil Lobby

Col. Michael Teague
Credit Oklahoma Governor's Office

Gov. Mary Fallin on Aug. 16 appointed Col. Michael Teague as secretary of energy and environment.

Fallin’s choice for the cabinet position — which was created by combining the vacant offices of secretaries of energy and environment — was immediately criticized by the president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, the state’s largest industry trade organization.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:44 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Damaged Land Could Once Again Cost Oklahoma Mining Regulator Its Federal Funding

A gate into a silica sand mining operation near Mill Creek in south-central Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Coal mining can cause a lot of damage to the landscape, and the federal government has rules about how mining companies are supposed to treat the land after they’re done with it.

Basically, they’re supposed to return it to approximately what it was like before.

The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is charged with making sure the Oklahoma Department of Mines is enforcing that rule. If the Oklahoma mining regulator doesn’t, the feds can step in and take over that role.

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