Texas Lawmakers Champion Local Control, But Reign Over CitiesTexas leaders have sued the federal government dozens of times for what they contend are policies that infringe on local control and states' rights. But when cities have attempted to pass laws on issues state lawmakers have moved to quash those efforts.
Texas Oil & Gas Regulators Keep Close Ties To IndustryThe cozy relationship between state oil and gas regulators and the industry they monitor is typified by a revolving door of officials who leave the Texas Railroad Commission to lobby for energy companies, including several who recently departed and made six-figure salaries working the Capitol hallways last year.
New Study Underway To Examine Texas Earthquake IncreaseA program to study the recent increase in earthquakes in Texas is getting underway. The TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program is being overseen by the University of Texas and bankrolled with $4.5 million.
Hard Times In The Texas Oil Patch As Bust Takes HoldThe drumbeat of low crude oil prices has taken hold in the oil and gas industry, from South Texas to Wall Street.
3 Quakes Of Magnitude 4.0 Or More Hit Northwest OklahomaThree earthquakes capable of causing moderate damage have been recorded in northwestern Oklahoma.
Oil Slump Weighing On Housing Markets In Texas, North DakotaThere's a dark side to those delightfully low gas prices: Housing markets are slumping in communities that were recently flush from the U.S. shale oil fracking boom.
U.S. Drilling States Issue Report On Handling Human-Induced EarthquakesA group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts issued guidance Monday in a frank new report on handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal of fracking wastewater.
Railroad Commission Of Texas: Wastewater Disposal Well Not Causing EarthquakesA second wastewater disposal well is not “likely contributing” to hundreds of earthquakes near Azle and Reno, according to a preliminary finding presented to the Railroad Commission of Texas
University Of Texas Defends Fracking On University Owned LandThe University of Texas defends its fracking history on University land amid accusations the oil and gas companies are using sub-par practices.
Texas Regulator Clears Oil & Gas Company Of Causing EarthquakesA state inquiry has found that an oil and gas company's disposal well operations likely did not cause a series of North Texas earthquakes.
Denton May Reduce Distance Between Gas Wells & HomesThe vote by Denton City Council Tuesday night could allow gas wells to be placed closer than they already are to private homes.
Natural Gas Tops Coal As U.S. Electricity SourceNatural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this year, a milestone that has been in the making for years.

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