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Oklahoma takes action on fracking-related earthquakes — but it’s too late, critics say (+video)

OKLAHOMA CITY — They feel them in the little city of Cushing, where a web of pipelines and giant oil storage tanks makes the area a crucial international hub — and vulnerable. They feel them in the time-capsule town of Guthrie, where plaster is cracking in storefronts built in the 19th century. And they feel them in rural Fairview, where cows get loud when pastures move beneath them.

Days after Oklahoma earthquake, Sierra Club lawsuit targets Chesapeake, Devon, others (+video)

With a new legal challenge from the Sierra Club, some of Oklahoma’s largest energy companies now face lawsuits seeking class-action status in two counties and action in federal court aimed at holding them responsible for the state’s increasingly violent earthquakes.

Oklahoma is the latest state to consider curbing police power

WASHINGTON — Last April, Oklahoma state Sen. Kyle Loveless saw a surprising news story. Spurred by advocacy groups from the left and right, the Democratic Senate and Republican House in neighboring New Mexico had passed a bill reining in cops. Gov. Susana Martinez, a former prosecutor, had signed it into law. The issue that crossed partisan boundaries? Civil asset forfeiture, a long-standing practice giving law enforcement agencies the power to confiscate property tied to a crime, even if they haven’t brought charges against the owners or won a conviction.