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Mysterious Death Uncovers Risk In Federal Oil Field Rules

Oil worker Dustin Bergsing, 21, was found dead on top of a North Dakota oil tank in 2012. A journalist and a doctor looking into the death found a pattern of similar fatal accidents.

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Residents Considering Possibility of More Drilling in the Balmorhea Area

This story has been updated to reflect developments after Wednesday night’s Balmorhea I.S.D. board of trustees meeting. At a meeting Wednesday evening, the Balmorhea Independent School District’s board of trustees was set to consider the possibility of leasing some of the district’s mineral … Continue reading

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Pipeline Company Files Land Condemnation Lawsuits

This post has been updated with information on additional lawsuits that were filed in Presidio County. The company behind the Trans-Pecos Pipeline has filed eminent domain lawsuits in 394th district court against landowners in Brewster County. A suit against Roy Thomas … Continue reading

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As Opposition Broadens Its Approach, Pipeline Shipments Arrive in Big Bend Region

For more than a year now, there’s been a lot of talk about the Trans-Pecos Pipeline in the Big Bend area. We’ve heard from those who are strongly opposed to it and from those who say it would be a good … Continue reading

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Drillers Find Ways To Reach Billions Of Barrels Of Oil Trapped In Old Wells

Seems like only yesterday that in places like West Texas, oil drillers were spending money like there was no tomorrow. “One billion dollars a month is being spent drilling wells out here,” said Ben Shepperd, president of the Permian Basin … Continue reading

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Fire Being Allowed to Burn Out After Natural Gas Plant Explosion

Anadarko Petroleum is still waiting to assess the damage from an explosion Thursday morning (December 3) at its natural gas plant near the town of Orla in West Texas. A fire at the Ramsey Natural Gas Plant near the New … Continue reading

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“Material Failure” Caused Pipeline Explosion Near Cuero, TX

The Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) says the explosion of a 42″ natural gas pipeline near the town of Cuero, Texas in June was caused by a “material failure” on part of the pipeline. Energy Transfer operates the pipeline that exploded … Continue reading

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EPA to Require Toxic Release Reporting from Gas Plants

Originally published on October 28, 2015 Hundreds of gas plants across the country — and as many as 180 in Texas — soon will have to alert the federal government if they discharge, produce or handle certain toxic chemicals like … Continue reading

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A West Texas Oasis, Defined By Its Springs

In part one of our series on local histories in the Trans-Pecos region, we learned how Presidio’s very existence is tied to its strategic location on the Rio Grande. For part two, we traveled to another part of Far West … Continue reading

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West Texas Rancher Says Pipeline Company Surveyors Trespassed

A West Texas rancher says land surveyors came onto his property without permission while planning a route for a natural gas pipeline. The pipeline company says it was an accident. Presidio County rancher James Spriggs of the Spriggs Ranch recently … Continue reading

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