How One Network Covered EPA Fracking Study

A report by CBS news on an EPA fracking study and drinking water chose to lead with non-scientific claims of residents who contend nearby fracking affected their drinking water in west Texas.  Even though the residents admitted they had no scientific proof to document their claims. CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez’s report aired Tuesday and …

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EPA’s Six-Year $29 million Study of Fracking and Drinking Water

Six years and $29 million later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is unclear whether hydraulic fracturing truly contaminates drinking water as some environmentalists and residents claim. The EPA recently released its six-year long study, stating that in some circumstances, fracking does present a risk to drinking water. But the giant agency also said there …

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President Signs Act Formally Adopting Settlement of Water Fight in Oklahoma

When President Obama recently put his name to the WIIN Act, he also formally signed into law the historic water agreement that allows Oklahoma City to have legal access to Sardis Lake for drinking water from the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes. Although the agreement was reached last summer and announced by Gov. Mary Fallin, it …

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Oklahoma’s Unemployment Rate Sees Slight Improvement

Oklahoma’s jobless rate fell slightly in November, reaching 5.1 percent but it remains a full one percent higher than one year ago according to figures released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. The one-tenth of a percent drop translated into trimming the number of unemployed by 2,000 over the month to an estimated 93,055. But …

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Texas is Getting Another Wind Farm

  Texas is getting another major wind farm, this time in the far southern reaches of the state in Willacy County. Construction on Bruenning’s Breeze Wind Farm is underway by E.ON. It is E.ON’s 22nd wind farm in the U.S. and the second in Willacy County, Texas. The 228 megawatt farm will consist of 76 …

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Iowa Farmers Protest Dakota Access Pipeline

A district judge in Des Moines, Iowa is considering the protests of landowners who contend they were forced by a Texas oil company to allow the firm to build the Dakota Access oil pipeline on their land. Arguments were heard late last week in the lawsuit filed by about a dozen landowners who have challenged …

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Pruitt’s Environmental Actions Under Question

One of the topics Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt might have to answer during his confirmation hearing to become Environmental Protection Agency Administrator is why he eliminated the Environmental Protection Unit in his state office six years ago. The subject was raised in a recent Environment and Energy article by reporter Mike Soraghan who noted …

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ALJ’s Errata Page Whittles $20 Million Off OG&E Rate Increase Recommendation

An Oklahoma Corporation Commission Administrative Law Judge on Friday reduced Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s rate increase by nearly $20 million, according to The Oklahoman. ALJ Ben Jackson issued a one-page errata stating when his figures “were run through the accounting process, an incorrect total was inadvertently reported” on a summary page. OK Energy Today …

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Sierra Club to Pruitt and Trump Supporters—–Get Ready to be Disappointed

The Sierra Club has widened its nationwide fundraising effort on the backs of Donald Trump and the man he has nominated to run the Environmental Protection Agency—-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. “Get ready to be disappointed,”  wrote Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club in his latest email pitch asking for contributions. “We’re launching …

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Pruitt ‘right person to fix EPA’?

  Count Justin Haskins as a supporter of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency under the new Donald Trump administration. Haskins happens to be Executive Editor of the Chicago-based Heartland Institute and calls Pruitt “the right person to fix broken EPA.” Writing in the Sunday edition of The …

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