Oklahoma’s earthquake “swarms” are getting worse, not better. Experts say the fallout is likely caused by fracking injection wells. But where there’s fracking, there have to be disposal wells.
A bill passed this week by the Oklahoma legislature would penalize the owners of rooftop solar panels and small farmers with wind turbines. Renewable power advocates are angry over what they see as a swipe at people trying to do the right thing.
Earthquakes often spin off tremors as they realign rock deep beneath the surface. Now get ready to tremble, because a new study shows that areas susceptible to earthquakes include your friendly neighborhood fracked region, which shakes when big earthquakes hit halfway around the globe.
Nine protesters from the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance were arrested this morning, after at least eight members of the group locked themselves to construction equipment and a construction trailer at the site of a pump station being built in Seminole, OK, to service the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Keystone XL pipeline protesters locked themselves to earth-moving equipment in Spaulding, OK, today, in one of a series of actions against the intercontinental project that would carry diluted bitumen oil from Canada to Texas refineries and ports. Opponents say the pipeline will unleash massive carbon dioxide pollution, accelerating climate change.
It’s often assumed that Texans, like the majority of their lawmakers, favor oil drilling and the expansion of the oil industry.
And it’s often true. But a small, scrappy group of protesters that has risen up against the construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas and Oklahoma are showing that such stereotypes are just that.
Their protests began last week, with small groups brandishing protest signs at work sites, where pipeline operator TransCanada has begun laying the Southern portion of the 1,700 mile transcontinental pipeline from Alberta to the Houston area.
he much fought-over Keystone XL oil pipeline will begin construction in Oklahoma and Texas, despite having been denied a presidential permit for the entire 1,700 mile project.
The Obama Administration had rejected the project in November 2011, saying more study and a possible re-routing was needed in Nebraska where the route slices through the Sandhills region above the Ogallala Aquifer.
Although it’s less obvious during winter, with the fields and forests having gone dormant, Texas’ historic drought continues to claim casualties.
Trees, especially, remain at risk because they use the winter months to grow root systems, and the moisture in the soil will determine whether they’ll recover from 2011’s record drought and heat.