Oklahomans Show Support for Native Americans Fighting North Dakota Oil Pipeline

Some Oklahoma Indian tribes are supporting the protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that is being built across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma recently sent volunteers as well as donations of food, water and other supplies to the protesters who include a large population of Native …

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Oil and Gas Downturn Opens Door to Recession in Oklahoma

The energy downturn in Oklahoma is being blamed again as the latest gross receipts at the State Treasury were down for an 18th consecutive month in August, according to State Treasurer Ken Miller. Some quoted him as calling it a recession in Oklahoma. Miller said one thing is clear—the state’s jobless numbers were greater than …

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State Insurance Department to Offer Earthquake Help Thursday in Pawnee

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is committed to helping those affected by one of the strongest earthquakes in state history. Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in Pawnee County, the area rocked hardest by Saturday’s 5.6 magnitude quake. OID representatives toured the damaged areas and met with local officials Tuesday. …

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400 Seismometers Being Added to Pawnee County Following Weekend Quake

Days after the historic magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Pawnee County, officials are installing hundreds more seismometers. Scientists from Cornell University started delivering the 400 instruments this week with the intent of monitoring the newly-discovered geological fault line that had previously been unknown to researchers. Oklahoma State University scientists will help in the project of burying …

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Energy Companies Accuse Sierra Club of Wanting Federal Court to become “Seismicity Czar” in Earthquake Fight

Four energy companies sued in Oklahoma City federal court by the Sierra Club in a fight over earthquakes and who or what is causing them contend the Sierra Club is asking the court to be a “backseat driver” while painting itself into a corner. The responses come from Chesapeake Operating LLC, Devon Energy Production, SandRidge Exploration …

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Corporation Commission to Hold Possible Vote on 1989 Bribed Rate Hike Case

The efforts of some consumers to force the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to reopen a 1989 bribed vote that granted a rate hike to then-Southwestern Bell could end on Wednesday. It’s when the Commission has scheduled a vote on the case that consumers want to see an estimated $16 billion returned to ratepayers. The issue came …

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USGS Warns of Strong Aftershocks from Pawnee Quake

While the U.S. Geological Survey officially put the Pawnee earthquake at magnitude 5.6, it could actually have been stronger, according to experts. News 9’s Tiffany Liou reports the USGS is still analyzing the data from the Saturday morning event that was felt in several states including Tennessee to the east, Minnesota to the north and …

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Earthquake Forces Closure of Pawnee Nation Headquarters

Officials at the Pawnee Nation headquarters say their buildings were damaged enough from the Saturday morning earthquake that their structural integrity is in question and the headquarters will be closed this week. News 9’s Christy Lewis talked with tribal spokesman Andrew KnifeChief who showed her the damage. “It runs from room to room to room,” …

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Attorney Says Pawnee Earthquake Supports his Lawsuits Against Energy Companies

The Arkansas attorney who filed suits in Lincoln County and Oklahoma City federal courts, blaming energy companies for earthquakes in Oklahoma says the Pawnee earthquake of magnitude 5.6 supports his claims against the firms. “Unless something’s done, there’s going to be more and that’s not just a lawyer talking, it’s what scientists have been saying,” …

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No Quake Damage at Cushing Tank Farm—-Operations Continue as Normal

So far, so good when it comes to any damages incurred at oil and gas operations in Oklahoma following the magnitude 5.6 earthquake with its epicenter near Pawnee. The Governor’s office indicates oil storage and pipeline operations at Cushing just 25 miles south of Pawnee were found to be undamaged.  Operators of some of the …

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