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January 25, 2013

Oil shelf causes need for new page

CHICKASHA — As is the case with all technology, new innovations in drilling have lead to a refurbished energy industry in Grady County.

Horizontal drilling has given energy companies the capability of accessing the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province or SCOOP. The SCOOP, is mineral rich plate that could yield an incredible amount of oil and natural gas and with the recent innovations in drilling technology, accessing these resources will create billions of barrels of oil.

Now, why does this matter to the everyday Grady County citizen? The answer is not one that can be simply stated, but the reality is that it will affect literally every aspect of our lives in both positive and negative ways.

Increased drilling means increased population. With increased population comes more restaurants and retail stores to manage the population boom. This facilitates more traffic and crime.

Expansion is hard and over the next year and what could be the next decade Grady County is poised to undergo a rather dramatic expansion and amazing change.

The positives far out wight the negatives and the possibilities are endless. Literally every business is going to have to adapt to keep up with this new boom and in doing so will have to place themselves outside of their comfort zone.

Progress is inevitable and we can now fully expect to see a continuous progression for many years.

With this in mind The Express-Star will now bring you a SCOOP page every Thursday. We will highlight not only the advances made in drilling and in the energy industry, but all of the other industries that will thrive due to this progression. Our readers can look to this page for those advances, as we look forward to bringing you the latest and greatest in SCOOP news.

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  • Coast Guard wants barges to ship fracking water

    The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages.

    December 19, 2013

  • Beyond fracking: University of Wyoming scientists look for ways to boost oil and gas production

    Terms like horizontal drilling and “fracking,” as hydraulic fracturing is commonly referred to, are well known now. The two technologies have sent U.S. energy production soaring in recent years, as previously inaccessible reservoirs of oil and gas have been unlocked in places like North Dakota, Pennsylvania and New York.

    December 18, 2013

  • More oil and gas drillers turn to water recycling

     When the rain stopped falling in Texas, the prairie grass yellowed, the soil cracked and oil drillers were confronted with a crisis. After years of easy access to cheap, plentiful water, the land they prized for its vast petroleum wealth was starting to dry up.

    November 14, 2013

  • OERB web.tiff Industry funded nonprofit cleans abandoned sites

    The energy industry has changed somewhat dramatically over the last two decades. During the boom in the '80s, regulation was scarce and energy companies left behind machinery and concrete slabs in the wake of their excavating. 
    Since 1993 the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board has been working diligently to make amends for the environmental damage done during this era, and 20 years later OERB has managed to clean up 13,000 well sites across the state including 53 in Grady County. 

    October 16, 2013 1 Photo

  • Chickasha to hold mineral lease auction

    The Chickasha City Council voted Monday to hold a public auction to lease more mineral rights around Lake Chickasha on Oct. 21.

    October 9, 2013

  • Fracking may emit less methane than previous estimates

    Fracked natural gas wells leak much less methane — a potent climate change-driving greenhouse gas — at certain points during the production process than previous studies and the Environmental Protection Agency have estimated, according to a University of Texas study released Monday.

    October 2, 2013

  • SCOOP draws new business to town

    The South Central Oklahoma Oil Province has gained the attention of another business. Energy and Environmental Services (EES) will open an office near the Canadian Valley Technology Center in Chickasha the old Aero Building.

    September 26, 2013

  • Best Well Services adds more jobs in Grady energy

    The energy sector in Chickasha has grown again. 

    September 18, 2013

  • Fracking won't affect city's water supply

    Hydraulic fracturing combined with mass draught has spelled disaster for many communities across the southwest, but Chickasha will not be among them. 

    August 29, 2013

  • Fracking In Spotlight in Texas as Ample Oil, No Water

    Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last month when she turned on the tap and discovered the tiny town where she had made her home for 35 years was out of water.

    August 21, 2013

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