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5:07 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Oklahoma Supreme Court To Decide Prague Earthquake Lawsuit

The Oklahoma Supreme Court in 2015: Standing (Left to Right): Vice-Chief Justice Douglas L. Combs Justice James E. Edmondson, Justice Steven W. Taylor, Justice Noma Gurich. Sitting (Left to Right): Justice Joseph M. Watt, Chief Justice John F. Reif, Justice Tom Colbert, Justice Yvonne Kauger, Justice James R. Winchester
Credit Oklahoma State Courts Network

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has decided to consider whether two oil companies can be held liable for injuries a Prague woman suffered during a 2011 earthquake.

The lawsuit by Sandra Ladra of Prague is among dozens of lawsuits filed in the past several years across the country alleging oil and gas companies are responsible for earthquakes.

Similar lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed against energy companies in Arkansas and Texas.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:35 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Permit Process Used To Scrutinize Wells In Earthquake Country, Industry Remains Silent

Oil-field workers in November 2014 tending to American Energy-Woodford's Judge South well near Perkins, Okla., shortly after the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered it temporarily shut-in.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

As earthquakes continue to rattle Oklahoma and scientists study links to oil and gas production, many Oklahomans want to know what, if anything, is being done to address the shaking.

An investigation by StateImpact shows that while authorities are quietly scrutinizing wells in quake-prone parts of the state, most of the companies that operate the wells are staying silent.

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Oklahoma News
8:32 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Botched Execution Top AP Oklahoma Story Of 2014

Clayton Lockett.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April has been voted Oklahoma's top story for 2014.

Lockett's execution prompted the state to impose a moratorium on executions and led to new discussions on the future of the death penalty.

Court action legalizing gay marriages was voted second by Associated Press members, and a workplace beheading in Moore is third.

A series of sexual-assault charges against Oklahoma lawmen is fourth and troubles within Oklahoma's public school system is fifth.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:37 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Experts Meet In Oklahoma To Update U.S. Maps With Manmade Earthquake Hazards

A panel of state geological surveys and oil and gas regulators at the National Seismic Hazard Workshop on Induced Seismicity, held in November at a conference center in Midwest City, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Scientists, regulators and technical experts from the energy industry met in Oklahoma to discuss how earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations should be accounted for on national seismic hazard maps, which are used by the construction and insurance industries and pubic safety planners.

The three-day workshop started Nov. 17 and was co-hosted by the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Hearing On Disposal Well Rules Exposes Gaps In Oklahoma’s Earthquake Response

Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater, questions Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague at an interim study and hearing about earthquakes and disposal well oversight held in October 2014.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s earthquake surge is unrelenting. The shaking is rattling residents and cracking the foundations of homes.

The quakes have also strained state agencies, which are struggling to keep up with the ongoing swarm while simultaneously developing a longer-term plan to analyze and address factors that might be triggering the earthquakes.

'Meaningful Action'

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:28 am
Wed October 29, 2014

House Interim Study Looks At Injection Wells And Earthquakes

A water disposal well injection site.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned regulators, academics and anti-fracking activists at a capitol hearing examining Oklahoma’s surge of earthquakes. The interim House study centered on oversight of injection wells, which scientists have linked to the quakes.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:36 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rumbles Of New Scrutiny As Quakes Continue To Surge In Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin and Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague at the Governor's Energy Conference September 4, 2014 in Oklahoma CIty.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s earthquake surge and possible links to oil and gas activity have been studied in scientific papers, discussed at heated town-hall meetings and explored regulatory hearings.

The quakes are now triggering some rumblings at the state Capitol.

About 4,000 earthquakes have shaken Oklahoma this year, data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey show. Most of the quakes have been small — roughly 10 percent were 3.0-magnitude or greater, the threshold at which seismologists say the temblors are likely perceivable.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:44 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Watch Al Jazeera’s Video On Oklahoma Drilling And ‘Far From Normal’ Earthquakes

Al Jazeera Plus produced a 10-minute video on Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm, which included interviews with worried residents and activists and explored some of the science that has linked the seismic surge to wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:27 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Woman Injured In 2011 Earthquake Suing Disposal Well Operators

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck near Prague, Okla., in November 2011 toppled Sandra Ladra’s chimney, raining rocks “on her lap and legs.”

Ladra on Aug. 4 filed a lawsuit against energy companies that operate disposal wells she claims caused the quake. She is seeking $75,000 in actual damages plus punitive damages, the Journal Record‘s D. Ray Tuttle reports.

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Oklahoma News
4:47 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Multiple Earthquakes Rattle Central Oklahoma

Credit Ray Bouknight / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Geological Survey says at least four earthquakes have rattled central Oklahoma, including a 4.3-magnitude temblor near Langston.

The earthquake struck shortly after noon Saturday about five miles southwest of Langston. Earlier, a 3.2-magnitude quake was recorded about 6:30 a.m. in about the same area near Langston. No damage or injuries were reported following either quake.

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