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Lew Ward, Oklahoma oilman and entrepreneur, dies at 85

Lew Ward, Oklahoma oilman and entrepreneur, dies at 85

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma oilman Llewellyn O. “Lew” Ward, the founder and chairman of the Ward Petroleum Corporation who championed the industry locally and nationally, has died. He was 85. Ward, who also was active in Republican politics and a past president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, died on Sunday of natural causes, according to the Henninger-Hinson ...

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Oklahoma regulators release plan to reduce temblors

Oklahoma regulators release plan to reduce temblors

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — State regulators are asking oil and gas producers in central Oklahoma to restrict wastewater disposal operations to help temper a sharp increase in the number and severity of earthquakes. Monday’s request covers more than 400 wells across 5,200 square miles. It comes after a similar directive in February covering nearly 250 wells in northwestern Oklahoma. Scientists ...

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Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem earthquakes

Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem earthquakes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma oil-and-gas regulators on Tuesday issued their most far-reaching directive yet in response to a surge in earthquakes by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to reduce the amount of wastewater they inject underground by 40 percent. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants operators over the next two months to reduce injections by more than ...

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Uptick in earthquakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers

Uptick in earthquakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers

OKLAHOMA CITY — The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater. That could change this year, as angry residents have been increasingly turning up at town hall meetings and legislative hearings ...

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First research links California quakes to oilfield injections

5.1 magnitude earthquake among several temblors in Oklahoma

SAN FRANCISCO — A 2005 spate of quakes in California’s Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injections underground, a study published this week said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes. Researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Southern California and two French universities published their findings ...

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Oil price collapse, layoffs lead to Oklahoma tax revenue failure

Oklahoma Capitol Building - The state capitol building in Oklahoma City, with famous oil well on grounds.

The major decline in Oklahoma’s biggest industry is impacting almost every major tax category and means the state won’t have the revenue to fully fund the Fiscal Year 2016 budget that went into effect July 1. On Monday, the Board of Equalization projected that the Legislature will have $900.8 million less to appropriate next year. House Republican Appropriations and Budget ...

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EPA protecting refuge from air pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a plan Wednesday to address air pollution coming from Texas that is reducing visibility at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, as well as the Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks in Texas. “There’s a tradition of rivalry and competition between Oklahoma and Texas, and Oklahomans would never accept Texas messing ...

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