StateImpact Oklahoma

StateImpact Oklahoma
5:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Oklahoma Outcry Continues Against EPA’s ‘Waters Of The United States’ Rule

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Since the federal Clean Water Act first became law in 1972, there’s been confusion over which bodies of water qualify for protection under its provisions. Enter the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule, which means to bring clarity to the situation.

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This is KGOU
11:34 am
Wed October 1, 2014

MAPPED: Three Years Of StateImpact Stories

Three years ago KGOU and our other public media colleagues in Oklahoma started a project with NPR called StateImpact Oklahoma.

After countless web stories and nearly 150 broadcast reports, the project's digital guru Joe Wertz created this Google map with a pin from every broadcast story they've reported and traveled to over the past 36 months.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:51 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Rural Electric Cooperatives Resisting EPA’s Proposed Carbon Dioxide Emission Rules

A coal-fired power plant near Oologah, Okla.
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Carbon dioxide emission rules proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce pollution from power plants “are poorly formulated and impractical,” executives from Western Farmers Electric Cooperative said Tuesday.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Injection Well Earthquakes Feel Weaker Than Natural Ones, New Study Suggests

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While a growing chorus of scientific research has linked Oklahoma’s recent spike in earthquake activity to oil and gas industry disposal wells, a new study suggests such artificial earthquakes are less intense than naturally occurring temblors.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Celebrating Three Glorious Years of StateImpact Oklahoma

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I just completed a final report for the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation for their support of the third year of StateImpact Oklahoma.

I want to highlight the great year we had with StateImpact Oklahoma.

Last year, StateImpact Oklahoma reporters Joe Wertz and Logan Layden created 47 radio stories, appeared on OETA or other TV outlets 18 times, created 254 regular web posts and 27 multi-media web stories with interactive maps and visualizations.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:38 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Third Salt Fork River Fish-Kill In Three Years Fits Mysterious Pattern

For the third year in a row, a large-scale fish-kill has been reported on the Salt Fork River in north-central Oklahoma.

“Hundreds and maybe thousands” of catfish, carp, buffalo and other bottom-feeding fish were likely killed, says Skylar McElhaney, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

The cause of these fish-kills is mysterious, but a pattern is emerging.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:36 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

High-Rate Disposal Wells Could Have Triggered Oklahoma Earthquakes, New Study Suggests

The "Chambers" disposal well in southeast Oklahoma City.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

This year, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes than California. There is a growing body of scientific research that suggests oil and gas production is fueling this increase in seismic activity.

new paper published today in the journal Science, suggests a small number of wastewater wells used in drilling operations could be responsible for many of the quakes.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Take KGOU With You Wherever You Go!

KGOU's mobile web site on Karen's phone.
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June 1, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I’m touring KGOU’s services in digital spaces.  Start with the web page at KGOU!  Of course the local news and programs from KGOU are there, plus NPR news, but the Calendar section of local non-profit events is amazing. 

There is an easy way to view the site on your mobile phone or tablet, and an RSS feed for each of KGOU’s regular features.  Stay here and look around, bookmark the site, subscribe to the RSS feeds, listen to the live stream, and make a donation.

KGOU also maintains Facebook pages for KGOU News, the Weekend Blues, and Indian Times, and Twitter feeds for KGOU News and World Views.

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Gross Production Tax
2:45 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

VIDEO: StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz On Oil And Gas Incentives

StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Joe Wertz appeared on OETA-The ​Oklahoma Network's Oklahoma News Report last week to discuss a possible constitutional challenge to the controversial tax incentive for oil and gas wells, which Gov. Mary Fallin signed this week.

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OneSix8
8:03 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Festivals And StateImpact’s Climate Forum

A busy spring evening at 2013's Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts.
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Hundreds of visual, culinary and performing artists gather in downtown Oklahoma City for one of the state’s most anticipated annual attractions. The Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts continues through Sunday, April 27.

With nearly 50 years of history, the festival has developed into one of Oklahoma’s largest spring traditions.  This year, the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Festival Plaza hosts nearly 300 entertainers, exhibitions by 144 visual artists and an international mix of more than two dozen food vendors.  

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