Logan Layden

Broadcast Reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma

Logan Layden is a native of McAlester, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and spent three years as a state capitol reporter and local host of All Things Considered for NPR member station KGOU in Norman.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:19 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Effort To Allow New Tax On Mining Companies Gains Ground In Oklahoma House

An active aggregate mining operation near Mill Creek, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

This isn’t the first legislative session some Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing for a severance tax for mining limestone and sand, but it’s the first time the idea has gotten this far.

On Monday, the House Appropriations and Budget Committee passed HB1876, which would allow up to a five percent tax on the production of limestone, sand, and other aggregates. It now moves to the full House for consideration.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:56 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Proposed Law Would Limit Construction Of Wind Farms In Eastern Oklahoma

A wind farm outside of Woodward in northwestern Oklahoma.
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Western Oklahoma is on the forefront of U.S. wind energy development, and has been for more than a decade. But as wind farm projects creep east, they’re meeting more resistance from landowners and increased involvement from the state legislature.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Bill To Change Permit Process For Mines In Sensitive Aquifer Clears Senate Committee

A gate into a silica sand mining operation near Mill Creek in south-central Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

When Oklahomans apply for a permit from most state agencies to, say, dam a river or build a wind farm, formal public hearings are held before the permit is issued, where evidence is presented, concerns are voiced, and legally binding decisions are made.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:45 am
Thu February 20, 2014

How Corn, Cold Weather, And A Nuclear Disaster Caused Propane Prices To Explode

Propane customer Shawn Davies vowed not to refill his tank until prices drop significantly.
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The 400,000 or so Oklahomans who rely on propane for heat know the routine: When the weather is warm, propane is cheap. When it gets cold, and demand goes up, so does the price.

But what happened this winter is unprecedented. Prices are starting to ease after blowing past all-time records in January, reaching a national average of more than $4 a gallon.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:19 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Lawmakers Question Governors’ Deal To Let Texas Pump Water From Oklahoma

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When Gov. Mary Fallin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in January agreed a north Texas water district could take water out of the Red River using a pump station in Oklahoma, they avoided what could’ve been a long legal battle over the exact location of the state’s southern boundary.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:11 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Federal Government Approves PSO’s Plan To Retire Coal-Fired Power Plants

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Public Service Company of Oklahoma — which provides electricity to more than a half-million Oklahomans — can move ahead with plans to retire its coal-fired power plants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.

The agreement between the utility, state, and EPA is expected to bring PSO into compliance with regional haze regulations, the federal government’s effort to clear the air at national parks and wildlife refuges.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:28 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Oil Boom Keeping Western Oklahoma Towns Afloat Amid Worsening Drought

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Drought and agriculture don’t mix very well. So after three years of intense drought, you might expect rural western Oklahoma communities — where fortunes have traditionally hinged on the condition of wheat crops — to be dying on the vine.

But no. As The Journal Record‘s Brian Brus reports, many of these towns are adapting to a new economy with a little help from the oil and gas industry.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:17 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Mining Companies Might Find It’s Not Impossible To Raise Taxes In Oklahoma

Piles of crushed limestone along railroad tracks near Mill Creek, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Last week, StateImpact reported on what the passage of State Question 640 in 1992 did to tax policy in Oklahoma.

“You need to have a supermajority in the House and the Senate and the governor has to sign it,” Alexander Holmes, a Regent’s Professor of Economics at the University of Oklahoma, said. “I’m still betting that if you reduce the taxes, you can never make them go up again.”

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:11 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Propane Crisis Prompts Oklahoma Dems To Ask Fallin For Relief From Rainy Day Fund

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For the 400,000 or so Oklahomans who rely on propane for home heating and food preparation, it’s been a rough few weeks.

Propane prices are skyrocketing — from a nationwide average of $2.76 in late December to more than $4 as of Friday, January 31.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:48 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Review Air Pollution Ruling

The Grand River Dam Authority's coal-fired plant in Chouteau, Okla., which is impacted by the Regional Haze Rule.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

State Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Oklahoma’s largest utility company, OG&E,have been fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule since the federal agency rejected Oklahoma’s plan to reduce sulfur dioxide pollution at its coal-fired power plants in 2011.

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