More than 37,000 homes and businesses are without electricity as a wintry storm hits the state.
Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative of Ozark reported about 12,000 outages Friday morning, while SWEPCO had more than 11,000 outages in northwest Arkansas in Sebastian, Polk, Scott and Logan counties. Oklahoma Gas and Electric reported an additional 2,000 outages in Fort Smith, 1,200 outages in Charleston and more than 1,100 in Lavaca.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…