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9:40 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Woman Injured in 2011 Earthquake Suing Disposal Well Operators

Seismologists say oil and natural gas disposal wells, like this one near Sparks, Okla., are likely triggering earthquakes in Oklahoma.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A disposal well near Prague, Okla.

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2:12 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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7:24 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Oklahoma State Parks Director Says State Parks 'Not on the List' of Core Services

Shaun Pelkey and his daughter Ireland Pelkey enjoy the afternoon at one of Walnut Creek State Park's beaches on Keystone Lake.

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 9:46 am

Shaun Pelkey and his daughter Ireland Pelkey enjoy the afternoon at one of Walnut Creek State Park's beaches on Keystone Lake.

Logan Layden / StateImpactOklahoma

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4:53 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt Sues EPA Over Federal Clean Power Plan

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

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11:17 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Mapped: Which Oklahoma Counties are Crossed by Trainloads of Bakken Crude Oil

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 10:49 am

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3:55 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

State Senator Calls for Federal Task Force on Oklahoma Earthquakes

State Sen. Jerry Ellis, D-Valiant, opposes the sale or transfer of Oklahoma water to Texas.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact

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3:25 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Dwindling Drought Doesn't Mean a Slowdown in Water Conservation Efforts

The July 29 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor, which doesn't reflect the full impact of this week's rainfall.
The July 29 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor, which doesn't reflect the full impact of this week's rainfall.

U.S. Drought Monitor

The July 29 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor, which doesn't reflect the full impact of this week's rainfall.

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12:56 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

U.S. Wildlife Authorities Join State in Investigation of Owl Deaths at Oil Field Site

Officials found several dead birds in an open tank at this oilfield site in northwest Oklahoma.
Officials found several dead birds in an open tank at this oilfield site in northwest Oklahoma.

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11:48 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

In Lawsuit Over Oil and Gas Tax Law, Two Ways to 'Test' a Revenue Bill in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenge laws in the past, comes out of a hearing room at the State Supreme Court, where a referee heard his lawsuit over House Bill 2562.

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:30 pm

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenge laws in the past, comes out of a hearing room at the State Supreme Court, where a referee heard his lawsuit over House Bill 2562.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

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9:18 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Inside the State Supreme Court Hearing on Lawsuit Over Oil and Gas Tax Rate

A pumpjack in a canola field near Okarche, Okla.

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:56 pm

A lawsuit over recently signed legislation that changes state oil and gas tax rates will be heard by the Oklahoma Supreme Court today, a constitutional challenge that could have broad impact on industry and legislative procedure.

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