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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:16 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Hearing Begins Over OG&E’s Controversial Plan To Comply With Clean Air Act

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
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Oklahoma Gas and Electric — the state’s largest utility — and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt fought the EPA’s new Clean Air Act regulations for years before being left with no choice but to comply.

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Energy
7:28 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Federal US Appeals Court To Convene In Norman -- Among Cases Is Challenge To Keystone XL Pipeline

The 10th Circuit Courthouse in Denver. The judges are coming to Oklahoma to hear several cases.
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A federal appeals court that usually meets in Denver will be hearing cases in Oklahoma next week.

University of Oklahoma officials announced Thursday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit will hear oral arguments for ten cases next week at the College of Law in Norman.

The judges will convene Tuesday and Wednesday in the college's Dick Bell Courtroom.

Among the cases on the court's docket is one challenging a federal permit that was authorized for the construction of the Keystone Gulf Coast Pipeline.

In February 2012, the Army Corps of Engineers authorized a permit allowing the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone Gulf Coast Pipeline.  The United States District Court of the Western District of Oklahoma affirmed the Corps actions.  Sierra Club, Inc., Clean Energy Future Oklahoma, and the East Texas Sub Regional Planning Commission (collectively “Appellants”) are appealing that decision.  They claim, in part, the Corps did not analyze the environmental consequences the pipeline could have such as the risk and impacts of oil spills or the cumulative and uplands impacts as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”).  Appellants also claim the Corps also violated the Clean Water Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:11 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Environmental Groups Ask EPA To Regulate Air Pollution From Oil And Gas Wells

An oil well near a neighborhood in Yukon, Okla.
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An alliance of national and state environmental groups on Tuesday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set air pollution limits on oil and gas wells and production equipment.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:16 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Sierra Club Sues OG&E, Claims Coal Boiler Mods Violated Federal Clean Air Act

The first page of the Sierra Club's lawsuit against OG&E.
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The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co., the state’s largest electric utility, alleging the company violated the federal Clean Air Act by modifying a coal burner at its Muskogee power plant without “planning for increased levels of air pollution and failing to obtain a permit from state regulators.”

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:47 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Sierra Club Says OG&E Coal Plants Spew Too Much Sulfur Dioxide

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The Sierra Club on Thursday said two Oklahoma Gas & 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.

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.

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State Capitol
1:26 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

No "Black Helicopters" at State Capitol

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A state environmental group says Oklahoma lawmakers are wasting their time focusing on legislation intended to feed an extremist agenda. The Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club specifically targeted a bill by Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City dealing with an international takeover of Oklahoma the environmental organization says doesn’t exist.

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