energy

StateImpact Oklahoma
11:47 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Oklahoma Running Out Of Room For Oil As U.S. Hoards Crude In Cushing Hub

A tanker truck pulling into a terminal at the oil hub in Cushing, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

A booming U.S. oil industry has led to near-record amounts of oil production, which has helped drive down oil prices. The energy industry has responded by storing crude instead of selling it at discount rates. That has created a unique situation in Oklahoma, where a major oil storage hub is on track to fill up — completely.

One-fifth of the country’s commercial crude oil storage capacity is located Cushing, Okla., a small city of about 7,900 in northeastern Oklahoma. On the city’s outskirts, field after field are filled with hulking steel storage tanks.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:09 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Local Officials Raise New Questions As Anti-Frack Ban Legislation Makes Progress

Volunteers watching the polls in November 2014 in Denton, Texas, before voters approved a citywide ban on hydraulic fracturing.
Photomancer Flickr

As legislation written to prevent counties and municipalities from banning hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas activities advances through the Oklahoma House and Senate, some city leaders and their advocates say the measures go too far and could have unintended consequences.

'Mess In Texas'

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:15 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Amended Bill Would Prohibit Cities And Towns From ‘Effectively’ Banning Oil And Gas Activities

Demonstrators outside the Norman City Hall before a city council committee met to discuss changes to oil and gas drilling rules.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

A proposed amendment to legislation limiting the power local governments have to regulate oil and gas operations expands the bill’s language to prevent cities and towns from enacting rules “effectively” banning drilling, fracking and related activities.

House Bill 2178 was authored by Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, who also wrote the amendment. I’ve highlighted the proposed changes below:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:20 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

State Geological Survey Stayed Silent After Linking Oklahoma Quakes to Oil Industry

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey briefs Corporation Commissioners on new earthquake research.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Despite long-held suspicions that the state’s earthquake surge was linked to oil and gas activity, the Oklahoma Geological Survey stayed silent amid pressure from oil company executives, EnergyWire reports.

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World Views
1:13 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

World Views: February 27, 2015

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss tensions between Israel and the United States ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress next week, and European nations that are working to develop a more unified energy policy.

Then, a conversation with art historian Maya Stanfield-Mazzi. She studies pre-Colombian art in the Andes, and says the work of South America’s Inca culture was abstract, without a clear narrative.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:10 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Science Of Oil And Gas-Related Earthquakes Is ‘Ready For Application,’ USGS Says

"Coping with earthquakes induced by fluid injection," was published Feb. 20, 2014 in the journal Science.

new peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Science urges greater partnership between industry, government agencies and researchers in responding to the consequences of earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity.

The paper, authored by the U.S. Geological Survey and other federal scientists, as well as state seismologists, including the Oklahoma Geological Survey’s Austin Holland, also endorsed more transparency:

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Politics and Government
7:11 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Senate Energy Committee Approves Bill To Preempt Local Control Of Drilling Operations

Protestors outside a public meeting in Oklahoma City about an oil company's proposal to drill near Lake Hefner held signs and chanted "Stop fracking now" and "No more drilling."
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Senate Energy Committee approved a bill Thursday during its first meeting of the session that would give the state authority to regulate oil and gas operations.

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said SB0809 “…preempts cities from preventing drilling operations in municipalities.”

There were no questions from committee members about the bill and it received a do pass recommendation. Sen. John Sparks, R-Norman, cast the only vote against the do pass recommendation.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:58 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Cities Consider Tougher Drilling Rules, State Lawmakers Eye 'Local Control' Limits

Protestors outside a public meeting in Oklahoma City about an oil company's proposal to drill near Lake Hefner held signs and chanted "Stop fracking now" and "No more drilling."
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide ban on fracking in 2014, Oklahoma Rep. Casey Murdock took notice.

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Energy
6:05 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Fourth Energy Company Plans Layoffs In Oklahoma City, Tulsa

SandRidge Energy explores for and produces oil in shallow, conventional, domestic basins primarily in the Mississippian formation in Northwest Oklahoma and West Kansas.
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For the fourth time in a week, an Oklahoma energy company has announced layoffs because of low oil prices.

Team Oil Tools says it will close its manufacturing facility just east of downtown Tulsa in April and let its 95 workers go. The company makes oil and gas drilling equipment.

PostRock Energy Corp. said Thursday it's reducing staff at its headquarters by about 25 percent and will cut expenses to reduce operating costs by nearly $4 million a year.

The oil producing company had 57 employees at the end of 2013. A precise number of layoffs wasn't released.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:36 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Wind Power ‘Superhighway’ Could Help Transform Panhandle Into U.S. Energy Hub

A wind turbine under assembly near Balko in Oklahoma's Panhandle. When completed, the turbine will be part of Apex Energy's 300-megawatt Balko Wind Project.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The wind energy boom has largely evaded Oklahoma’s Panhandle, but new turbine projects and a proposal for a $2 billion transmission line could transform the prairie into a national wind energy hub.

But the projects are being planned amid uncertainty at the state Capitol, where tax credits for the wind industry are in the crosshairs.

FILLING IN THE TRANSMISSION GAP

Despite being one of the state’s richest sources of wind energy, the Oklahoma Panhandle is home to very few wind farms.

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