7:36 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Possible Change in Tax Incentive for Oil and Gas Drilling

Credit Meredithw / Flickr Creative Commons

State legislators are expected to consider a bill this week that would adjust a generous tax incentive for the oil and gas industry and extend it to all wells drilled in Oklahoma.

A bill drafted on Monday calls for a new 2 percent tax rate on oil and gas produced in Oklahoma. The 2 percent rate would be in effect for the first 36 months of a well's production. After that, the rate would increase to the standard tax rate of 7 percent.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:25 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Chickasha Sells Water To Oil Driller To Help Pay For Water Infrastructure Needs

Chickasha, Oklahoma
J. Stephen Conn Flickr Creative Commons

When a city needs $150 million over the next half-century for upgrades and repairs to its aging water infrastructure system, its leaders might have to get creative to find the money.

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Middle East
3:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

What Might Have Prevented The Soma Mining Disaster?

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 7:18 pm



Since the explosion on Tuesday, mine safety expert Davitt McAteer has been looking into what went wrong at the Soma mine and how the disaster could have been prevented. McAteer is the former head of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and he joins me now here in our studios. Welcome to the program.


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The Two-Way
6:09 am
Thu May 15, 2014

10,000 Gallons Of Oil Spill In LA Neighborhood

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 2:30 pm

Crude oil geysered high into the air in northeast Los Angeles early Thursday morning, creating a spill that fire officials say was knee-deep in some spots. The spill happened in an industrial section of Atwater Village, causing the evacuation of a nearby strip club.

Update at 8:10 a.m. ET: Oil Estimate Downgraded

After initially saying that "over 50,000" gallons of oil had spilled from a ruptured pipeline, Los Angeles Fire Department officials now say the correct figure is about 10,000 gallons.

Our original post continues:

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4:15 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Past Disasters Haunt Modern-Day Coal Mining Accidents

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 9:55 am

More than 280 miners have died in Turkey with another 150 still missing. It's hard to imagine how so many can perish in a mine accident in modern times.

3:19 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine

A monument to Ukrainian writer Taras Shevchenko is silhouetted against a sign advertising Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom in Moscow. Gazprom has dramatically increased the price it charges Ukraine in recent months.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 6:59 pm

If Russia was aiming to target one of Ukraine's vulnerabilities, natural gas would be the bull's-eye. Ukraine gets about 60 percent of its gas from Russia.

Clifford Gaddy, a Russia specialist at the Brookings Institution, says as the dispute between the two countries grows, Moscow is more willing to use natural gas as a weapon.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:11 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Environmental Groups Ask EPA To Regulate Air Pollution From Oil And Gas Wells

An oil well near a neighborhood in Yukon, Okla.
Becky McCray Flickr Creative Commons

An alliance of national and state environmental groups on Tuesday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set air pollution limits on oil and gas wells and production equipment.

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9:01 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Average Price Of Gas Falling In Oklahoma

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AAA Oklahoma reports that the average price for a gallon of self-serve gasoline is falling in Oklahoma.

The agency said Tuesday that the statewide average for regular gas is now just less than $3.40 per gallon — a drop of seven cents per gallon since about a month ago and down just more than three cents from last week.

Prices in selected cities range from $3.30 per gallon in Bartlesville and Grove to $3.49 per gallon in Guymon. Drivers in Oklahoma City are paying just less than $3.39 per gallon while the average cost in Tulsa is $3.33.

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6:40 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Election-Year Politics Dooms Energy Bill, Averts Pipeline Vote

Pipefitters work on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline's southern portion outside Tulsa, Okla., in January.
PR Newswire

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 11:23 am

As expected, an energy efficiency bill failed in the Senate on Monday, which makes a separate Senate vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline unlikely before the November election.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had made a Keystone vote contingent upon passage of the energy efficiency bill, and letting one doom the other may have temporarily gotten him out of a bind.

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3:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

After Stanford Divests From Coal, Activists' Hopes Turn To Harvard

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 6:49 pm

Stanford University's decision to stop direct investments in coal mining companies is encouraging student-led divestment movements at other universities. Chloe Maxmin of Divest Harvard discusses her hopes following Stanford's announcement. Harvard University has the largest university endowment in the U.S.