Joe Wertz http://kgou.org en Red Tape, Not Rules, Used To Manage Disposal Wells In Oklahoma's Earthquake Country http://kgou.org/post/red-tape-not-rules-used-manage-disposal-wells-oklahomas-earthquake-country <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">As earthquakes continue to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2013/11/14/oklahomans-live-with-shaking-as-researchers-study-earthquake-swarm/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">shake the state</a><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, s Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 27429 at http://kgou.org Red Tape, Not Rules, Used To Manage Disposal Wells In Oklahoma's Earthquake Country OK Policy Poll: Voters Oppose Tax Incentives For Horizontal Drilling http://kgou.org/post/ok-policy-poll-voters-oppose-tax-incentives-horizontal-drilling <p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:27:34 +0000 Joe Wertz 26850 at http://kgou.org OK Policy Poll: Voters Oppose Tax Incentives For Horizontal Drilling City Of Norman Awaiting Permit To Sell Reclaimed Water So Frackers Don’t Have To Use Drinking Water http://kgou.org/post/city-norman-awaiting-permit-sell-reclaimed-water-so-frackers-don-t-have-use-drinking-water <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 Texas drilling company has&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2014/03/31/to-frack-wells-in-norman-driller-buys-city-drinking-water-right-from-the-hydrant/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">tapped a hydrant</a>&nbsp;and is using drinking water from the City of Norman for a hydraulic fracturing operation.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Norman has faced water supply shortages and the city has declared&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ci.norman.ok.us/content/psst-renewal" 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;">mandatory conservation measures</a><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">, which restricts activities like outdoor watering and car washing, and hydraulic fracturing uses hundreds of thousands to millions of gallons of water.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 26825 at http://kgou.org City Of Norman Awaiting Permit To Sell Reclaimed Water So Frackers Don’t Have To Use Drinking Water Anadarko’s $5 Billion Environmental Settlement: Four Things Okies Should Know http://kgou.org/post/anadarko-s-5-billion-environmental-settlement-four-things-okies-should-know <p></p><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);">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.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:32:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 26741 at http://kgou.org Anadarko’s $5 Billion Environmental Settlement: Four Things Okies Should Know Why Small Solar And Wind Generators Are Worried About Surcharge Legislation http://kgou.org/post/why-small-solar-and-wind-generators-are-worried-about-surcharge-legislation <p></p><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);">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.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:46:48 +0000 Joe Wertz 26444 at http://kgou.org Why Small Solar And Wind Generators Are Worried About Surcharge Legislation To Frack Wells In Norman, Driller Buys City Drinking Water Right From The Hydrant http://kgou.org/post/frack-wells-norman-driller-buys-city-drinking-water-right-hydrant <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);">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.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 26381 at http://kgou.org To Frack Wells In Norman, Driller Buys City Drinking Water Right From The Hydrant Why One Oklahoma Oil Executive Doesn’t Think Oil And Gas Tax Cuts Are Needed http://kgou.org/post/why-one-oklahoma-oil-executive-doesn-t-think-oil-and-gas-tax-cuts-are-needed <p></p><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);">The Kaiser-Francis Oil Company has a lot in common with other storied Oklahoma energy empires. The company has by-the-bootstrap entrepreneurial origins, it’s been battered by boom and bust, and it’s helmed by a billionaire CEO who has weathered controversy and been showered with praise.</p><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);">But the Tulsa-based exploration and production company is unique in one surprising way: It isn’t pushing for oil and gas tax cuts.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:34:26 +0000 Joe Wertz 26048 at http://kgou.org Why One Oklahoma Oil Executive Doesn’t Think Oil And Gas Tax Cuts Are Needed Oklahoma Chemical Company Settles With EPA And DEQ, Agrees To Pay Fines And Reduce Emissions http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-chemical-company-settles-epa-and-deq-agrees-pay-fines-and-reduce-emissions <p><iframe height="413" src="https://mapsengine.google.com/map/embed?mid=zwtR7QITNNDg.k2z7q0Crq-sY" width="550"></iframe></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:02:57 +0000 Joe Wertz 25503 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma AG And Energy Group Sue U.S. Government Over Endangered Species Settlements http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-ag-and-energy-group-sue-us-government-over-endangered-species-settlements <p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 25423 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma AG And Energy Group Sue U.S. Government Over Endangered Species Settlements Regulator Votes To Adopt New Rules For Disposal Wells In Earthquake-Prone Region http://kgou.org/post/regulator-votes-adopt-new-rules-disposal-wells-earthquake-prone-region <p></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 unanimously to adopt new data monitoring and reporting rules for operators of&nbsp;</span><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; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">disposal wells</a><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;in central Oklahoma’s earthquake-prone Arbuckle Formation.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The rules require operators in the&nbsp;</span>Arkbuckle<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;to record daily injection pressure and volume measurements, and turn the data over to the commission if requested.</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:55:53 +0000 Joe Wertz 25150 at http://kgou.org Regulator Votes To Adopt New Rules For Disposal Wells In Earthquake-Prone Region