StateImpact http://kgou.org en A Flood Of Rain And Money Needed To Save Lake Waurika From Its Silt http://kgou.org/post/flood-rain-and-money-needed-save-lake-waurika-its-silt <p></p><p>Lake Waurika&nbsp;<a href="http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.8418"><strong>was built</strong></a>&nbsp;in by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1977 to serve, primarily, as a source of drinking water for Lawton and surrounding communities. It has also become an important tourist attraction for the area.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:49:21 +0000 Logan Layden 8808 at http://kgou.org A Flood Of Rain And Money Needed To Save Lake Waurika From Its Silt Sierra Club Says OG&E Coal Plants Spew Too Much Sulfur Dioxide http://kgou.org/post/sierra-club-says-oge-coal-plants-spew-too-much-sulfur-dioxide <p></p><p>The Sierra Club on Thursday said two Oklahoma Gas &amp; Electric coal-fired power plants are releasing too much sulfur dioxide, a compound that can cause respiratory disease, which they said endangers residents near Muskogee and Red Rock.</p><p>The environmental group commissioned a study that modeled the amount of sulfur dioxide released by the Sooner and Muskogee plants, and says both will violate federal clean air standards — when those standards are implemented.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:47:00 +0000 Logan Layden 8789 at http://kgou.org Sierra Club Says OG&E Coal Plants Spew Too Much Sulfur Dioxide Public Shelter Policy in Oklahoma: Yes for Nukes, No for Natural Disasters http://kgou.org/post/public-shelter-policy-oklahoma-yes-nukes-no-natural-disasters <p></p><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);">In the 1960s, survey teams of architects and engineers started hunting across Oklahoma for places to hunker down.</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);">They found basements and tunnels, underground parking garages and well-built structures in municipal and private buildings.</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);">At the time, Oklahoma’s big worry was an attack from Soviet Russia. That threat never materialized, but the state is targeted by tornadoes every year. And public shelter spaces are disappearing from the map.</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:59:46 +0000 Joe Wertz 8584 at http://kgou.org Public Shelter Policy in Oklahoma: Yes for Nukes, No for Natural Disasters Why Obama’s Keystone XL Climate Change Comments Confused Everyone http://kgou.org/post/why-obama-s-keystone-xl-climate-change-comments-confused-everyone <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);">It’s hard to know where President Barack Obama stands on the Keystone XL pipeline project, which still awaits his approval.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:13:33 +0000 Joe Wertz 8549 at http://kgou.org Why Obama’s Keystone XL Climate Change Comments Confused Everyone Supreme Court Sides With Ethanol Over Oil http://kgou.org/post/supreme-court-sides-ethanol-over-oil <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; ">It’s a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/in-all-four-big-cases-supreme-courts-decision-could-be-not-t" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold; " target="_blank" title="Buzzfeed Link">big week</a>&nbsp;for the U.S. Supreme Court, with decisions coming on gay marriage, affirmative action, and voting rights. But renewable energy advocates have already notched a victory today.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px; ">The federal Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of fuel containing up to 15% ethanol in 2010, and today, the court decided not to hear a challenge to that decision.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:47:21 +0000 Logan Layden 8487 at http://kgou.org Supreme Court Sides With Ethanol Over Oil Why Oklahoma’s Priority Is Storm Shelters For Individuals, Not Safe Rooms For Schools http://kgou.org/post/why-oklahoma-s-priority-storm-shelters-individuals-not-safe-rooms-schools <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);">Seven children were killed at an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57585970/kids-teachers-from-destroyed-okla-school-reunite/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank" title="CBS link">elementary school in Moore</a>&nbsp;when a massive tornado tore through the area last month.</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);">And the disaster has led to questions about why Oklahoma used previous federal disaster money to build more than 10,000 storm shelters in homes, but only 85 in public schools.</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);">Getting the answer means going back to another major storm, on May 3rd, 1999, and another state.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:02:49 +0000 Logan Layden 8218 at http://kgou.org Why Oklahoma’s Priority Is Storm Shelters For Individuals, Not Safe Rooms For Schools Leak in Aging Water Pipeline Forces Broken Arrow To Close Restaurants http://kgou.org/post/leak-aging-water-pipeline-forces-broken-arrow-close-restaurants <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);">Restaurants in Broken Arrow were ordered to close Wednesday because of a leak in a pipeline that brings water to the city from Pryor, about 30 miles away.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:48:00 +0000 Logan Layden 7719 at http://kgou.org Leak in Aging Water Pipeline Forces Broken Arrow To Close Restaurants The Federal Cost Of Clean Drinking Water In Oklahoma: $6.5 Billion http://kgou.org/post/federal-cost-clean-drinking-water-oklahoma-65-billion <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);">Every four years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases an analysis of how much federal money states will need to complete water projects to provide clean drinking water over the next 20 years.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:49:54 +0000 Logan Layden 7648 at http://kgou.org The Federal Cost Of Clean Drinking Water In Oklahoma: $6.5 Billion $500 Million to $5 Billion: What’s Behind The Wide Ranging Tornado Cost Estimates? http://kgou.org/post/500-million-5-billion-what-s-behind-wide-ranging-tornado-cost-estimates <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Following a major disaster like the Moore tornado on May </span>20th<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">, news reporters want answers, and they don’t want to wait.</span></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);">How many people were killed? How many injured? How much damage did the storm cause, and how much will it cost? Answers to the first three questions may not come immediately, but within a few days, they usually can be addressed fairly accurately.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:02:00 +0000 Logan Layden 7346 at http://kgou.org $500 Million to $5 Billion: What’s Behind The Wide Ranging Tornado Cost Estimates? Latest Earthquake May Link to Disposal Well http://kgou.org/post/latest-earthquake-may-link-disposal-well <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 3.4 magnitude &nbsp;earthquake has been recorded near Prague in central Oklahoma. The Lincoln County Office of Emergency Management says there were no injuries &nbsp;or damage reported.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>USGS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the quake was recorded at 12:24 p.m. yesterday about 6 miles &nbsp;northwest of Prague. That's about 40 miles east of Oklahoma City.</span></div><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:15:07 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Joe Wertz 1432 at http://kgou.org