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Texas Regulators Move Forward With Plan to Reduce Oilfield Flaring

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News Texas regulators on Tuesday moved forward with proposed administrative changes that are expected to become part of a broader effort to tackle the years-long problem of oilfield flaring, where companies burn off excess natural gas … Continue reading

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Ranchers Brace for Tough Times as Pandemic Hits Beef Industry

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News Service Some worry the coronavirus pandemic’s financial toll on Texas ranchers could wind up rivaling the impacts of a devastating drought from almost a decade ago.

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Feds Give Thumbs Up to West Texas Nuke Waste Plan

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News Service (CN) — A federal review of a plan to move highly radioactive nuclear waste to rural West Texas from sites across the U.S. has concluded that regulators should approve the plan because it would … Continue reading

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Rural Corner of Texas, Lucky So Far During Pandemic, Weighs Reopening

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News In some ways, it’s not surprising that large portions of the remote, borderlands region of far West Texas still have no confirmed coronavirus cases. After all, there just aren’t that many people. Between the bustling … Continue reading

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Report: Permian Methane Emissions Well Above National Average

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News Methane emissions in a busy part of the nation’s largest oilfield were nearly three times higher than the national average in recent months, an environmental group said in an analysis released Tuesday.

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Lawmakers Warned of Widespread Problems in Immigration Courts

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News Advocates from groups representing immigration judges and lawyers painted a dire portrait Wednesday of the nation’s overwhelmed immigration courts, describing to House lawmakers a system plagued by political interference where due process violations are routine.

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After Deaths of Immigrant Children, Border Officials Defend Detention System

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News Facing criticism over multiple cases of immigrant children dying while in government custody, U.S. border officials on Tuesday defended their agencies’ approach to caring for families and children who arrive at the southern border.

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Fifth Circuit Lifts Block on $3.6 Billion for Border Wall

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday lifted a lower court’s order that blocked the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion in military construction money for a wall on the Mexican border. In a 2-1 ruling, the Fifth … Continue reading

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Environmentalists Settle Pollution Case Against Texas Gas Plant

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News An environmental group reached a tentative settlement Tuesday in a federal air pollution lawsuit targeting a natural gas plant in the heart of the nation’s largest oilfield. The James Lake Midstream facility gathers and processes … Continue reading

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Texas Drops Out of Antitrust Case Targeting T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News Texas is withdrawing from a multistate antitrust lawsuit seeking to block a proposed $26.5 billion merger of telecommunication giants T-Mobile and Sprint that critics say would raise prices for consumers, particularly those in rural areas … Continue reading

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