Joe Wertz

Joe Wertz appears in the following:

EPA Critic To Get Sharp Questions On Industry Ties As He Vies To Run Agency

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sparked controversy for his denial of climate science and his ties to fossil-fuel interests. Here's what to expect in Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

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Gas Taxes May Go Up Around The Country As States Seek To Plug Budget Holes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

This year could see a wave of state tax hikes on gasoline and diesel. Oklahoma is one of about a dozen states seriously considering increases.

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Environmentalists Brace For Scott Pruitt To Take Over EPA

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

What will an anti-regulation, climate skeptic do as head of the Environmental Protection Agency? Environmentalists are bracing. But Scott Pruitt will also face limits if he tries to strip the agency of its power.

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Trump's Pick To Lead The EPA Has A History Of Battling The EPA

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Donald Trump has reportedly tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a conservative crusader with close ties to the oil and gas industry to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Earthquake Strikes Oklahoma Near Major Oil Hub

Monday, November 07, 2016

A strong earthquake rattled central Oklahoma over the weekend. The magnitude 5.0 temblor struck not far from one of the state's major oil hubs.

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Presidential Candidates Hold Starkly Different Views On Energy

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have starkly different views on energy policies. We hear from the people who are advising the candidates on everything from clean energy to fracking.

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How Fossil Fuel Production Relates To Earthquakes

Saturday, September 03, 2016

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit Oklahoma on Saturday morning. StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Joe Wertz talks about earthquakes and their connections to oil and gas production.

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In Oklahoma, A National Park That Got Demoted

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

National parks are a big source of local pride, but about half the U.S. states don't have one. Oklahoma is among the park-less, but it wasn't always that way.

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Communities Uneasy As Utilities Look For Places To Store Coal Ash

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

In 2014, after disastrous spills and opposition from environmentalists, the EPA imposed new rules on the storage of coal ash. Two towns are pushing back against different ways of storing the ash.

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Indicted Ex-Oil CEO Aubrey McClendon Dies In Car Crash

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Aubrey McClendon, one of the pioneers of the shale oil revolution in the U.S. died in a car crash Wednesday at age 56 years. McClendon was indicted Tuesday on charges he conspired to ...

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In Oklahoma, Low Energy Prices Drive State Budget Crisis

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Low energy prices are good for consumers but bad for some businesses — and the states that rely on them. Oklahoma lawmakers say there may be a "revenue failure" soon. The state has a $900 million budget hole.

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Oklahoma Oil Workers Worry About Industry-Linked Earthquakes

Saturday, December 05, 2015

New research raises alarms about quakes near Cushing, Okla., home to the country's largest oil hub. No damage has been reported, but operators at the hub are on alert. (This piece initially aired on Nov. 30, 2015, on Morning Edition.)

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Confidence In Oil Hub Security Shaken By Oklahoma Earthquakes

Monday, November 30, 2015

Oklahoma's earthquake boom is now a national security threat. No damage has been reported, but operators at the hub are on high alert for a disruption that would ripple through the U.S. energy market.

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Oklahoma's Yearly Bison Health Check-Up

Sunday, November 29, 2015

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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."

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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.

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