The West Texas town of Barnhart has become a hot spot not only for fracking activity but also the debate over how much of a threat the process poses for groundwater supplies.
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I talk with Kate Galbraith, who covered energy and environment for the Texas Tribune from 2010 to till just a few weeks ago when she left for the (literally) greener pastures of California.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in private drinking water wells near natural gas wells in North Texas’ Barnett Shale. The scientists analyzed samples from 100 wells, both inside and outside of the Barnett Shale.
The fracking industry and Texas authorities have likely significantly underestimated the amount of water used by frackers in the Eagle Ford Shale.
In the past two years, Texas’ oil production has gone up 71 percent.
Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) is presenting a bill in committee that would require the Attorney General to file an injunction against any and all local gun control laws.
After years of city government lollygagging, residents appear to be closer to an answer on whether Dallas will be open to fracking.
Is Texas headed for more pipeline accidents? The state agency charged with overseeing pipeline safety says it needs twice as many inspectors to do its job
nce, not long ago, it seemed that coal would conquer Texas. Just a few years ago, out-of-state developers and home-grown utilities, including TXU and NRG Energy, were clawing over each other to build new coal-fired power plants. Thanks to high natural gas prices and Texas’ deregulated power market, some of these companies were going to make a mint and turn Texas into the Coal Star State.
Now, many of the proposed plants have been unceremoniously scrapped.
A parade of oil and gas industry representatives told legislators today that they are hard at work on reducing the amount of freshwater used in fracking. This is the Texas Legislature, which is enormously deferential to the industry, so the joint hearing of two House committees had the air of a casual fact-finding mission mixed with lots of oil-and-gas boosterism.