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  • Norman gets low-interest loan for water treatment plant improvements

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The state Water Resources Board has approved a $50.3 million loan to the Norman Utilities Authority to help pay for improvements to its water reclamation/wastewater treatment plant.

  • Temporary plan proposed for dealing with American burying beetle

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday proposed a temporary plan to address how the oil and natural gas industry should deal with the endangered American burying beetle.

  • Norman residents question drilling company's use of drinking water

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    A Texas-based oil company has a legal permit to use Norman drinking water for its drilling operation on Norman’s east side, but some residents say the practice should be prohibited.

  • Ideas of yore are good for future water conservation in Oklahoma, expert says

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Old ways can be updated for water conservation in the future as Oklahoma battles a persistent drought.

  • Shawnee mobile home park to close due to elevated uranium levels in water

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Residents at Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park in Shawnee received notices this week telling them to vacate the property by June 10. The trailer court has shown elevated levels of uranium in its water since 2007, said Skylar McElhaney, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Conservative, environmental groups blast solar surcharge bill in Oklahoma

    Paul Monies | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    They aren’t exactly teaming up, but an unlikely coalition of conservative groups, solar advocates and environmentalists are fighting a solar surcharge bill that could be up for a vote today in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

  • Threatened designation won't spoil prairie chicken festival

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The eight-day Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival will continue this month after the bird was named a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Flock of birds fall dead from the sky near Norman

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Birds were seen falling dead out of the sky in Norman, alarming some residents, though state wildlife officials say there’s no cause for concern. According to a local television station, a homeowner near Highway 9 and Interstate 35 found more than a dozen birds in her yard Thursday. Becki...

  • Anadarko Petroleum to pay $5.15 billion to settle environmental claims against Kerr-McGee

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Anadarko Petroleum Corp. reached a $5.15 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over subsidiary Kerr-McGee Corp.’s spinoff of its environmental liabilities.

  • Texas to study desalination of Gulf water as viable option in face of drought

    Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. It's a phrase that means a lot to Texans with the Gulf of Mexico on our doorstep and severe drought conditions persisting across the state, says the Houston Chronicle. Sugar Land instituted voluntary water restrictions Wednesday in an attempt to...

  • Oklahoma attorney general says EPA study of fracking is unnecessary

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general should not duplicate previous reviews of hydraulic fracturing, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.

  • Kansas joins Oklahoma in lawsuit on wildlife regulation

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas has joined Oklahoma in a lawsuit challenging the process used by the federal government to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office announced Wednesday that Kansas on Tuesday became part of a case filed...

  • EPA to review cleanup of Oklahoma City Superfund site

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking another look at a Superfund site in Oklahoma City to make sure contaminants there are properly contained.

  • Oklahoma energy companies work on water recycling

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Oil and natural gas companies increasingly are looking for alternatives to using freshwater in fracking operations.

  • Oklahoma oil industry uses less than 2 percent of state's water

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Oil and natural gas operations use less than 2 percent of the state’s freshwater, far less than is used for agriculture and municipal uses. One key difference is that oil and gas companies usually dispose of their water by removing it from the ecosystem and flushing it deep underground. The...

  • Drought continues in Oklahoma's oil patch

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Over the past 130 years, Oklahoma generally has seen about a decade of rain followed by a decade of drought. The pattern changed with almost 30 years of rain before the current drought, causing a generation of farmers, city leaders and others to rise up with little knowledge of how to operate in...

  • Oklahoma is No. 2 in controlling waterway pollutants

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency says Oklahoma ranks second in the nation for reducing harmful nutrients from streams and rivers. It’s the fifth year in a row that Oklahoma has ranked in the top 10 among states in reported non-point source nutrient reductions. Kim Farber, president of...

  • Phillips 66 settles with EPA

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Phillips 66 has agreed to a $500,000 penalty and to take steps toward reducing pollution in gasoline as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Hiland pipeline leaks in North Dakota

    Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    The company said the spill poses no threat to area groundwater.

  • Weather slows construction of clean coal plant in Oklahoma

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    Clean Coal Technologies Inc. is almost ready to resume construction on a test plant in Oklahoma after being delayed by winter weather earlier this year.