Joe Wertz

Digital Reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma

Joe has previously served as Managing Editor of Urban Tulsa Weekly, as the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Oklahoma Gazette and worked as a Staff Writer for The Oklahoman. Joe was a weekly correspondent for KGOU from 2007-2010. He grew up in Bartlesville, Okla., lives in Oklahoma City, and studied journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:19 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Texas’ Application For Oklahoma Water Still Active Despite Supreme Court Ruling

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The U.S. Supreme Court in June sided with Oklahoma, ruling the interstate Red River water compact did not entitle Texas to water within Oklahoma’s borders.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Oklahoma Quakes Continue As Researchers Study Unnatural Tremors For Disposal Well Links

A waste fluid disposal well in Oklahoma.
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Central Oklahoma is still experiencing a “significant rise” in magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes, and federal and state seismologists are collaborating to study possible links to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, the U.S. Geological Survey says.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

StateImpact On OETA: Oklahoma Wind Farms And Weather Radar

StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz
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StateImpact reporter Joe Wertz was a guest on OETA’s Oklahoma News Report last week to discuss his report on how wind farms interfere with weather radar.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:36 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Oklahoma Regulator: The Federal Government Is ‘Coming After Natural Gas’

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas
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Supporters of the oil and gas industry ‘blasted’ environmental regulations and a campaign against fossil fuels at an Oct. 17 energy policy conference in downtown Tulsa, the Tulsa World’s Susan Hylton reports.

Conference speakers included Bob Tippee, editor of the Oil & Gas Journal, who assailed President Barack Obama’s “extremist” environmentalist supporters, and William Yeatman, an energy policy analyst for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who went after federal regional haze rules.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:41 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Why The Greenhouse Gas Argument SCOTUS Will Hear Matters to Oklahoma

The Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review six petitions relating to the federal government’s regulation of greenhouse gasses.

But the high court consolidated the cases, and will only review a single question that pertains to all of them.

SCOTUSBlog’s Lyle Denniston reports:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Why The Growth Of Wind Energy Worries Weather Forecasters In Oklahoma

Radar systems engineer Redmond Kelley and Caleb Fulton, an assistant professor of engineering, test an experimental phased-array weather radar in Norman.
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Oklahoma is now No. 6 in the nation in wind-generated electricity capacity, and last week the state helped set a wind power record for the entire region.

Wind farms are multiplying and expanding in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and throughout the Great Plains, where the nation’s wind energy potential is concentrated.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:20 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

The Federal Shutdown Is Making Some Oklahoma Parks More Popular

Sulphur Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly Sawatzky stands just outside an entrance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Okla.
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Thousands of federal workers in Oklahoma were furloughed because of the budget stalemate in Washington, D.C., including those in charge of operating and maintaining dozens of campsites and parks run by the U.S. government.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:32 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Tulsa Escaping Worst Of Drought, But ‘Abnormally Dry’ Conditions Taking A Toll

Arkansas River near Tulsa, Okla.
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Tulsa has been spared the worst effects of Oklahoma’s drought, which has been concentrated in western and southwestern regions of the state.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:07 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Disposal Well Shutdown After Swarm Of Earthquakes In South-Central Oklahoma

Disposal wells are commonplace in Oklahoma's oilfields.
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A Love County disposal well was shutdown last week after a state seismologist suggested it might have triggered a swarm of damaging earthquakes that shook the area for weeks in September.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

An Insider’s Guide To Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s War With The EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is at war with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which he says is overstepping its authority. He’s sued the federal agency and testified to Congress about its abuses.

The most visible battles have been over coal regulation, but the fight is about power — not power plants.

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