Joe Wertz

Joe Wertz appears in the following:

Faced With Spate Of Tremors, Oklahoma Looks To Shake Up Its Oil Regulations

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Oklahoma set a state record last year with more than 5,000 earthquakes. This year, the state is poised to have even more. Now oil and gas regulators have taken notice and are working to curb them.


Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey issues a report Thursday on quakes linked to oil and gas drilling, but Oklahoma has said that the industry's wastewater disposal is the cause. What's unknown is a solution.


As U.S. Energy Industry Booms, Oil Hubs Run Out Of Storage Space

Friday, March 27, 2015

U.S. oil production is at near record levels. But the success has led to a question of where to store all that oil. One of the country's biggest oil hubs is now almost full.


New Transmission Line To Carry Wind Energy Not Met With Open Arms

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Public meetings are underway in Oklahoma and Arkansas to get input on a high-voltage transmission line. The U.S. hasn't added a line like this since the 1970s, but not everyone is happy about it.


'Kings When It's Good': Oklahoma Braces For Possible Crude Crash

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Big-energy states are hoping the cheap oil is just a blip. In Oklahoma, the head of a catering firm delivering food to oil field workers worries that "$40-a-barrel oil? It's going to shut everything."


Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

Monday, August 18, 2014

The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.


Study: Surge In Okla. Quakes Can Be Traced To Drilling Operations

Thursday, July 03, 2014

StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports on a new study that links a "swarm" of earthquakes to four specific, high-volume oil and gas industry disposal wells. It's one of several reports that show oil and gas activity could be causing a rise in earthquake activity.


Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst

Friday, May 30, 2014

Four years of crippling drought has withered the agricultural economies of Great Plains states like Oklahoma. The USDA forecasts this year's wheat crop will be half what it would be in a good year.


As Oklahoma Drought Continues, Farmers Prepare For Losses

Thursday, May 29, 2014

As Oklahoma enters its fourth year of sustained drought, some farmers expect the harvest to be so bad they'll end up calling their insurance agents and declaring this year a total loss. StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports that some are calling this the worst drought since the '50s — or even since the Dust Bowl.


Keystone XL Pipeline: The Local Perspective

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Over the last few months, the Keystone XL pipeline has become a national controversy. While environmental groups protest the pipeline's expansion from Cushing, Oklahoma to Alberta, Canada, Congressional Republicans are pushing for the Obama Administration's approval. With the national debate in the headlines, The Takeaway hears from three reporters to examine the impact of the proposed pipeline. Mose Buchele, a state impact reporter for KUT in Austin, Texas; Katie Schubert, news director for KIOS Omaha, and Joe Wertz, a state impact reporter in Norman, Oklahoma, weigh in.

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Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

When the swirling, howling winds of the 1930s Dust Bowl gobbled up farmland from Texas to the Dakotas, the federal government planted 100 million trees to act like a giant windbreak. It worked. But now, after years of drought, those old trees are dying.


Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Texas and Oklahoma are fighting over access to the Red River. Fast-growing Texas is eager to fuel its expansion in a time of drought, while the poorer state of Oklahoma is water-rich. The court's decision could impact interstate water-sharing agreements across the country.