Joe Wertz http://kgou.org en Why Oklahoma’s Wind Energy Future Could Be Shaped By Osage County http://kgou.org/post/why-oklahoma-s-wind-energy-future-could-be-shaped-osage-county <p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Oklahoma is moving up the national ranks in wind-generated electricity. But as wind farms expand into northeastern Oklahoma, developers are facing a team of unlikely allies: oil interests and environmentalists.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:36:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 34041 at http://kgou.org Why Oklahoma’s Wind Energy Future Could Be Shaped By Osage County Oklahoma Officials May Reconsider Keeping Oil Train Info Secret http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-officials-may-reconsider-keeping-oil-train-info-secret <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">In the wake of deadly derailments, fiery explosions and dangerous spills, the federal government&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-dot-takes-new-emergency-actions-part-comprehensive-strategy-keep-crude-oil" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">in May&nbsp;</a>ordered railroads to share with state Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:04:37 +0000 Joe Wertz 33344 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Officials May Reconsider Keeping Oil Train Info Secret Four More State Parks At Risk As Budget Cuts And Low Revenue Loom http://kgou.org/post/four-more-state-parks-risk-budget-cuts-and-low-revenue-loom <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Four state parks in northeastern Oklahoma could be sold off, leased out or closed due to state budget cuts and low park revenue.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:44:03 +0000 Joe Wertz 33109 at http://kgou.org Four More State Parks At Risk As Budget Cuts And Low Revenue Loom Oklahoma Agrees To Keep Oil Train Shipments Secret http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-agrees-keep-oil-train-shipments-secret <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Surging oil production in states like North Dakota has outpaced pipeline capacity, and the energy industry has turned to railroads to transport oil from fields to refineries.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:25:13 +0000 Joe Wertz 32837 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Agrees To Keep Oil Train Shipments Secret High-Rate Disposal Wells Could Have Triggered Oklahoma Earthquakes, New Study Suggests http://kgou.org/post/high-rate-disposal-wells-could-have-triggered-oklahoma-earthquakes-new-study-suggests <p>This year, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes than California. There is&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/topic/earthquakes-2/"><strong>a growing body of scientific research</strong></a>&nbsp;that suggests oil and gas production is fueling this increase in seismic activity.</p><p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/07/02/science.1255802"><strong>new paper published today</strong></a>&nbsp;in the journal&nbsp;<em>Science</em>, suggests a small number of wastewater wells used in drilling operations could be responsible for many of the quakes.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:36:16 +0000 Joe Wertz 32660 at http://kgou.org High-Rate Disposal Wells Could Have Triggered Oklahoma Earthquakes, New Study Suggests Town Hall Turns Testy As Oklahomans Seek Action And Answers On Earthquakes http://kgou.org/post/town-hall-turns-testy-oklahomans-seek-action-and-answers-earthquakes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oklahomans</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"> rattled by a surge of earthquakes on Thursday packed a contentious town hall meeting in Edmond and demanded answers and action from public officials.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:40:43 +0000 Joe Wertz 32208 at http://kgou.org Town Hall Turns Testy As Oklahomans Seek Action And Answers On Earthquakes Study: Climate Change Challenges Oklahoma’s Temperature-Sensitive Economy http://kgou.org/post/study-climate-change-challenges-oklahoma-s-temperature-sensitive-economy-0 <p>Future temperature changes pose serious risks to the climate-sensitive agricultural and energy industries in Oklahoma and other Great Plains states, a new study on the business and economic effects of climate change concludes.</p><p></p><p><iframe height="450" src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/files/2014/06/ok-avgsumtemp.gif" width="590"></iframe></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:10:31 +0000 Joe Wertz 32125 at http://kgou.org Legal Challenge To New Drilling Incentive Could Raise Big Constitutional Questions http://kgou.org/post/legal-challenge-new-drilling-incentive-could-raise-big-constitutional-questions <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">A controversial bill setting the effective tax rate on new oil and gas wells was one of the capstones of the 2014 legislative session.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 30715 at http://kgou.org Legal Challenge To New Drilling Incentive Could Raise Big Constitutional Questions To Get Permit In Earthquake Zone, Disposal Well Operator Agrees To Extra Monitoring http://kgou.org/post/get-permit-earthquake-zone-disposal-well-operator-agrees-extra-monitoring <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">An oil company seeking to build a&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/topic/earthquakes-2/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">disposal well</a>&nbsp;in earthquake-prone Logan County has agreed to record additional pressure and volume measurements to get a permit from the state’s oil and gas regulator.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday voted 2-0 to approve the disposal well for Kansas-based </span>Slawson<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"> Exploration. Commissioner Dana Murphy abstained from the vote “saying she wanted to wait until more seismic data was available,”&nbsp;</span><em style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">The </em><em style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Oklahoman</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">‘s</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://newsok.com/injection-well-operator-in-logan-county-earthquake-zone-agrees-to-additional-monitoring/article/4864659" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">Paul Monies reports</a><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">:</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:43:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 30380 at http://kgou.org To Get Permit In Earthquake Zone, Disposal Well Operator Agrees To Extra Monitoring Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst http://kgou.org/post/oklahomas-extreme-drought-has-wheat-farmers-bracing-worst Rainfall totals in southwest Oklahoma are more than 3 inches below normal. And that means that the wheat crop grown in brothers Fred and Wayne Schmedt's farm is several inches shorter than normal as well.<p>Laughter is key to surviving as a farmer here. Fred Schmedt looks out on his field, then down at his legs and laughs at how short the wheat stalks are.<p>"What would you call that, high-shoe-top high?" he says. "In a normal year — a really good year — it'd be thigh-high. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:46:26 +0000 Joe Wertz 30366 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst