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  • Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association completes study of methane emissions from production sites

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    An Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association study concluded most estimates of methane emissions from oil and natural gas production sites were overinflated as much as 27 times.

  • Obama administration moves to create methane limits for gas drilling

    FROM STAFF AND, WIRE REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    The Obama administration is taking steps to regulate methane emissions from natural gas wells.

  • Have You Seen This? Ice-cold surfing

    John Clyde, KSL | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Some surfers in Russia just couldn't stay off the waves, despite below freezing temperatures.

  • GRDA approves $297 million contract for new natural gas unit, raise for CEO

    Paul Monies | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The Grand River Dam Authority has approved a $297 million contract for a new natural gas unit at its generating plant near Chouteau, part of a $450 million upgrade to deal with environmental regulations. The authority’s board approved the contract, which includes $50 million for a 495-megawatt...

  • Methane emissions dropping in Oklahoma, report says

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations are dropping, an industry advocacy group says, despite claims from environmental groups that additional regulation is needed.

  • Oklahoma Energy Resources Board cleans up 14,000th abandoned well site

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board now has cleaned up 14,000 abandoned well sites around the state since 1993.

  • Barbra Streisand blasts Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe's record on climate change

    Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Singer Barbra Streisand took to Twitter Tuesday night to attack the Senate’s best-known climate change skeptic, reports The Hill. Streisand slammed Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) for his views on global warming after reading an article published Tuesday in Mother Jones that included comments made...

  • Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe scoffs at U.S.-China agreement on greenhouse gas emissions

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    The Republican will take over the Senate environmental committee in January. In a speech on the Senate floor, the Oklahoma senator said China didn’t actually agree to any real cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality unveils new online chemical storage map

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has received many inquiries over the past two years about where potentially hazardous sites were located. A new map on the department’s website shows residents where sites like oil and gas wells, manufacturing plants, cell phone towers with large...

  • Continental forms joint venture with South Korean firm to develop Oklahoma acreage

    Jay F. Marks | Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Amid a record run of oil production, Continental Resources Inc. on Monday announced a joint venture with a South Korean company to develop some of its Oklahoma acreage. Continental’s deal with S.K. E&S Co. Ltd. is worth about $360 million. Most of that money will be used to fund the Oklahoma...

  • Which Foods are the Worst for the Environment? - weather.com

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    “We see lakes disappearing, groundwater levels decline. Rivers are empty before they reach the sea, and many rivers are heavily polluted. Those problems relate to the fact that so much water is consumed and polluted for our daily consumer goods, particularly food.” That’s how Arjen Y....

  • Groups call for halt to wastewater disposal in Oklahoma

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Environmental groups are asking Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin for a one-year moratorium on the use of wastewater disposal wells linked to the state’s rise in earthquakes.

  • Industry forms around stopping methane leaks

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    An increased focus on reducing oil-field methane emissions has helped the environment, saved oil and natural gas producers money and created a new, thriving industry, according to a report this week from the Environmental Defense Fund and Datu Research.

  • National Groundwater Protection Council praises states' regulations

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    State regulators in the country’s 27 energy producing states have strengthened oversight and rules designed to protect groundwater over the past five years as oil and natural gas production has boomed, according to a report released Wednesday from the Groundwater Protection Council.

  • Legal Counsel: Adjusting for wind — regulators extend term for eagle take permits

    By LeAnne Burnett, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    LeAnne Burnett: Wind industry, environmentalists monitoring rules closely.

  • Putting a cap on water loss

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Devon Energy pilot program covers water pits to reduce evaporation

  • Oklahoma taking applications for drought grants

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin announces Oklahoma is taking applications for $1.5 million in drought grants.

  • Cities prepare for warm climate without saying so

    By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it’s happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan...

  • Environmental group calls Inhofe a top 'dirty denier'

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has been labeled a “top-ranking ‘Dirty Denier’ ” by one of the world’s most influential environmental groups. The Natural Resources Defense Council was to announce Friday that it considers Inhofe the most egregious of the 20 “Dirty Deniers” named by the organization this...

  • 100,000 elephants killed in Africa from 2010-2012, study shows

    Lindsey Peterson, KSL | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    A new study concludes that 100,000 elephants have been poached from 2010-12.