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Lawsuit Highlights Concern Over Air Quality and Shale Drilling

When a Dallas jury awarded three million dollars to a North Texas family in their case against a drilling company, people wondered what it could mean for fracking and its opponents. But the case also highlights a growing health concern in Texas’ booming oil … Continue reading

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$3 Million Awarded to North Texas Family in Fracking Lawsuit

A Texas family that sued a drilling company was awarded close to three million dollars this week by a Dallas County jury. The decision is being called a landmark one by people opposed to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” and touted as … Continue reading

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Texas Pollution Worsens as Budget Shrinks for Regulators

With budgets already reduced and with more cuts on the way, federal environmental regulators are expected to be doing fewer inspections of industries that pollute. And if state environmental regulators were expected to take up the slack, many of them … Continue reading

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Texas Governor Wants to Make the State a Home for High-Level Radioactive Waste

The storage and disposal of high-level radioactive waste is a tricky process, both from a safety and political point of view. As a result, that waste is now piling up around the country with nowhere to go. And Texas Governor Rick … Continue reading

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Are Drilling Waste Pits a Threat to Texas Groundwater?

In one of the hottest plays for natural gas drilling, Bob Patterson wonders if what the drilling industry leaves behind will come back to haunt the community. “It’s just a ticking time bomb before we have major aquifer contamination,” Patterson … Continue reading

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Texas Still Learning When It Comes to Oil Spill Response

Two dozen boats and over 500 people are now involved in the response to an oil spill from Saturday that closed the Houston Ship Channel. What spilled was a heavy fuel oil, called bunker fuel, which was carried in a barge that … Continue reading

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Primary Results: Republican Railroad Commission Races Goes to Runoff

A four-way primary race has narrowed to two. Former State Representative Wayne Christian will face off against Ryan Sitton to become the Republican nominee for an open seat on the Railroad Commission of Texas, the agency that regulates Texas oil and gas industry. … Continue reading

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All About the Texas Ag Commissioner: Farms, Gas Pumps and School Lunches

When Texans – mostly farmers and ranchers – sat down to write the state constitution in the 1800s, they didn’t see the need for an elected Agriculture Commissioner. That oversight was quickly remedied. Texas agriculture, crops and cattle are known … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Approve Funding For Texas Water Plan, Setting Up Statewide Vote

Come November, Texas voters might see some campaigning to amend the constitution. The Senate needs constitutional amendments to create two water fund accounts. Mose Buchele from StateImpact Texas reports.

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