Arkansas Energy

Fracking and Drinking Water
6:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Study: Fracking Hasn't Polluted Arkansas Water

A natural gas drilling rig.
Credit Daniel Foster / flickr.com

A new study says natural gas drilling, or fracking, hasn't contaminated drinking water wells in Arkansas but researchers say the geology there is more of a natural barrier to pollution than in other areas where drilling takes place.

Duke University professor Avner Vengosh says the team "didn't see any contamination" in an area of heavy drilling in north-central Arkansas. Members of the U.S. Geological Survey were also part of the study examining 127 drinking water wells for evidence of pollution from methane gas or chemicals.

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Economic Development
2:29 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Power Transmission Company To Create 50 New Jobs In Little Rock

MISO company officials (left), Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Governor Beebe and Public Service Commission Chairman Colette Honorable joined MISO president and CEO John Bear in announcing that the power transmission company would be bringing up to 50 high paying jobs to the city in the next 12 to 18 months.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A power transmission company says it will locate a regional hub in Little Rock, a move that company officials say will bring between 30 and 50 high paying jobs to the state in the near future.

Governor Mike Beebe and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola joined state economic development officials as well as representatives from Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator, or MISO, at the state Capitol to announce the new jobs.

MISO handles power transmitted on the nation’s electric grid and Beebe said the mostly-high tech jobs would pay an average of $85,000 a year.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
6:45 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Animals Released Into Wild After Arkansas Oil Spill

Officials have released some animals back into the wild after they were rescued and cleaned up following an oil spill in central Arkansas.

Crews on Monday brought a pair of raccoons and several turtles to the Bell Slough State Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower.

Their release comes more than a week after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower and spilled thousands of barrels of oil on March 29.

Oil spewed onto lawns and roadways and almost fouled nearby Lake Conway. No one was hurt, but the spill led authorities to evacuate more than 20 homes.

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Nuclear Safety
6:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Federal Inspectors Head To Arkansas Nuclear One

Arkansas Nuclear One

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending a team of inspectors to Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville to review an accident that killed one worker and injured eight others.

The accident occurred March 31 when a 550-ton piece of equipment fell as a lifting rig collapsed. Authorities say 24-year-old Wade Walters of Russellville was killed when the equipment fell on him.

The NRC says there was no release of radiation or danger to the public because of the accident.

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Local & Regional News
2:06 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Reactor Restart Could Take Weeks At Arkansas Plant

Entergy Corp. says it will take several weeks to restart a reactor at Arkansas Nuclear One after it was knocked offline during an industrial accident that killed one worker.

Unit 2 has been offline since Sunday's accident that killed 24-year-old Wade Walters, who died when a 550-ton piece of equipment fell on top of him.

The accident, which injured eight other workers, happened in an area away from the plant's reactors.

The nuclear plant's two reactors are now in stable shutdown condition.

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Power Plant Accident
6:30 am
Mon April 1, 2013

1 Killed, 3 injured At Nuclear Plant In Russelville

Arkansas Nuclear One

 One worker was killed and three were injured after an accident at a nuclear power plant in Russellville yesterday morning. The workers were performing maintenance at Arkansas Nuclear One which is owned by Entergy Arkansas. “As we were moving a generator stator which is a very large component at Arkansas Nuclear One. That stator fell as it was being moved out of the turbine building,” says Terry Young, Entergy's Vice President for Nuclear Communications.

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High Winds And Power Outages
6:05 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Rough Winds Cross Arkansas, Knock Out Power

A weather system that brought snow to far northwest Arkansas left behind an air mass that powered winds strong enough to cause more than 25 hundred power outages across the state. 

The National Weather Service said Sunday that Little Rock had the highest recorded gust at 47 miles per hour. Gusts of 44 miles per hour were recorded in Pine Bluff, 43 miles per hour in Stuttgart, and Russellville had gusts clocked at 41 miles per hour.

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Pryor And Boozman On Budget And Energy
5:16 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Discuss National Energy Needs And Budget Matters

From left to right: Senator John Boozman and Mark Pryor.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says he’s once again filing a bill that would mandate a 4-year review of all energy programs and energy needs in the country.

Pryor, a Democrat, said the measure received bipartisan support last year, but he’s still trying to gain support from Republican lawmakers this time around. Because of fracking and horizontal drilling, Pryor says there is now an abundance of natural gas in Arkansas, but…

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