October 9, 2019 archive

Warren’s environmental justice plan

Environmental justice. It’s what 2020 presidential Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren is now talking about. The Massachusetts senator, who grew up in Norman, Oklahoma says she wants to address the disproportionate pollution burdens faced by the poor. Click here to read a report from Ben Gemen with Axios.

North Dakota follows Oklahoma’s lead in environmental ‘self audits’

Oklahoma legislators adopted a ‘self-audit’ environmental policy this year by energy companies and now North Dakota has done the same. The Bismarck Tribune reports North Dakota environmental regulators are hoping a new agreement with the federal government will result in more companies self-reporting violations at power plants, oil and gas sites, and waste facilities. The state …

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First county adopts wind farm moratorium in Iowa

One county in Iowa has taken steps to approve a moratorium on any new wind farms while another county is considering the same action. The Des Moines Register reports that Madison County supervisors passed Iowa’s first moratorium on new wind turbine installations. At the same time, Adair County elected officials are considering a cap on …

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Kansas regulators sign off on Evergy name

The Kansas Corporation Commission approved without debate Tuesday renaming of three longstanding utility companies folded into the Evergy conglomerate created last year in a $14 billion deal. The three-member regulatory commission agreed with requests to change the name on official documents of Kansas City Power & Light to Evergy Metro and to designate Westar Energy …

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Colder weather including possible snow headed to Oklahoma

  Those working on oil and gas rigs or wind towers in northwest Oklahoma better bundle up because a wintry-like blast is coming! Snow’s in the forecast for the Panhandle and much colder weather will hit the state. As State Climatologist Gary McManus with the Oklahoma Mesonet put in in his Wednesday morning update, “Mother …

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Lithium-battery study leads to Nobel Prize for 3 scientists

The critical importance of lithium-ion batteries used in the development of electric vehicles in the US has led to the Nobel Price in Chemistry being awarded to three scientists who studied energy storage. Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for their work developing lithium-ion batteries, which have reshaped energy storage and …

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Gasoline prices drop in Oklahoma

  Gasoline prices have dropped in the past week in Oklahoma while nationally, prices are holding steady. AAA Oklahoma reports the statewide average for a gallon of unleaded regular is $2.33 while the national average is $2.65. Nationally, the price is nine cents more expensive than last month but 26 cents cheaper than a year …

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OERB teacher training workshop to be held in Kingfisher

  Oklahoma Energy Resources Board is hosting a teacher training workshop 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Kingfisher High School, introducing educators to board-established energy curricula and how to apply it in the classroom. It’s free to attend and those who do will be gifted a free kit of supplies, valued up to $1,100, plus a …

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Legislator pauses interim study of robocalls

  Yes, even energy firms are annoyed by those pesky robocalls. And now an Oklahoma legislator who asked for a robocall interim study to address the issue has put his request on hold. The Duncan Banner reports Sen. Paul Scott took the action after the FCC decided to investigate the nagging problem nationwide. “Constituents have …

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Environmentalists challenge BLM’s lease plan in western Colorado

  Environmental groups filed a lawsuit this week in a federal court opposing a Bureau of Land Management plan for oil and gas leasing on about a million acres of public lands in western Colorado. The Center for Biological Diversity, Wilderness Society and Wilderness Workshop say BLM’s 2015 resource management plan for surface lands and …

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