StateImpact

StateImpact Oklahoma is a collaboration of KGOUKOSUKWGS and KCCU. Joe Wertz and Logan Layden travel the state to report on the intersection of government, industry, natural resources and the Oklahoma workforce.

Charlette Hearne at the North Pole Store, near Broken Bow, Okla.

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Charlette Hearne at the North Pole Store, near Broken Bow, Okla.

A sign along Oklahoma Highway 43 near Sardis Lake.

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A sign along Oklahoma Highway 43 near Sardis Lake.

The Grand River Dam Authority's coal-fired plant in Chouteau, Okla.

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The Grand River Dam Authority's coal-fired plant in Chouteau, Okla.

Trucks lined up at a disposal well in northwestern Oklahoma.

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Trucks lined up at a disposal well in northwestern Oklahoma.

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake in November 2016 damaged dozens of buildings in downtown Cushing, Okla.

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A 5.0-magnitude earthquake in November 2016 damaged dozens of buildings in downtown Cushing, Okla.

“Gov. Mary Fallin and the state’s tribal governments have not always seen eye-to-eye,” The Tulsa World’s Randy Krehbiel and Curtis Killman report, “but that apparently is not preventing at least some of the tribes from giving Fallin their unreserved support for secretary of the interior in President-elect Donald Trump’s new administration.”

The idea has been floated before but never really gained traction, The Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports: “… An industry-funded entity that taxes oil and gas production, collecting fees for earthquake-related damages.”

The Pawnee Nation on Nov. 18 filed a lawsuit against two federal agencies. The suit mentions the 5.8-magnitude Labor Day weekend quake asks ”a judge to void recently approved drilling permits on tribal land and halt the issuance of new ones,” the World reports.

A Conversation With Oklahoma's Long-Time Water Boss

Nov 17, 2016

Former Oklahoma Water Resources Board Executive Director and new Department of Wildlife Conservation Director J.D. Strong.

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Former Oklahoma Water Resources Board Executive Director and new Department of Wildlife Conservation Director J.D. Strong.

Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm, founder and CEO of Continental Resources, is still under consideration for energy secretary, the Associated Press reports.

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday soundly rejected State Question 777, a ballot measure that would have made farming and ranching a state constitutional right.

Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson at the 'No on 777' watch party at Aloft Hotel in Oklahoma City.

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Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson at the 'No on 777' watch party at Aloft Hotel in Oklahoma City.

The crumbling remnants of Texoma State Park buildings that haven't been in use for years.

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The crumbling remnants of Texoma State Park buildings that haven't been in use for years.

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Goats on a farm near Covington, Okla.

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Attendees listen as former Missouri state senator Wes Shoemyer speaks against Amendment 1 at the Missouri’s Food for America sign-making event at Café Berlin Friday, June 27, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri.

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Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say Oklahoma oil and gas regulators should “consider a moratorium” of waste-fluid disposal in its most seismically active areas.

Trout Unlimited's Scott Hood prepares to release this small trout he caught during the group's fishing trip to the Lower Illinois River near the Lake Tenkiller dam in eastern Oklahoma.

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Mid-September rains in Kansas flooded Arkansas River tributaries, pulling soil and silt into the Otoe-Missouria’s water source below Kaw Lake. The filters in the tribe’s 23-year-old treatment plant “filters “weren’t designed to handle the influx,” the Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports.

Dustin Green, owner of 10 Acre Woods farm near Norman, feeds a few of his 400 or so chickens.

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Dustin Green, owner of 10 Acre Woods farm near Norman, feeds a few of his 400 or so chickens.

A NextEra Renewable Energy Resources wind farm site near Elk City, Okla.

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A wind farm near Elk City, Okla.

After this quarry near a U.S. Silica sand mining operation was mined out, clear blue aquifer water filled it in.

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A quarry near Ada filled with water from the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.

Donald Trump at a campaign stop at the Oklahoma State Fair in September 2015.

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Donald Trump at a campaign stop at the Oklahoma State Fair in September 2015.

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