State Doesn't Have $165 Million To Plug Abandoned WellsThe bust in the energy industry has left Texas with nearly 10,000 abandoned wells that need plugging and the Railroad Commission doesn't have the money to do it.
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.
RRC Says Weak Link Between Wells & QuakesTwo wastewater wells connected to a swarm of earthquakes will not have any changes to their permits.
Families Say More Homes Near Explosion May Be UnlivableOn Wednesday, families affected by an explosion had their first full day to work on cleaning up and salvaging their homes.
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.
Drilling Permits Still Being Issued In Denton"It's my job to give permits, not Denton's," said Texas Railroad Commission chairwoman Christi Craddick, in response to the city's fracking ban approved by voters this week.
Texas Amends Waste Disposal Rules For FrackingThe Texas Railroad Commission has amended rules for disposal well operators amid concerns that high-pressure injections can trigger earthquakes.
Texas Proposes Tougher Rules On Wells After Quakes The Texas Railroad Commission has proposed tightening regulations for injection wells as scientists explore a potential link between high-pressure wastewater disposal and the earthquakes rattling North Texas.
Texas Seismologist Says Quakes Have ContinuedResearchers at Southern Methodist University are studying whether the seismic activity is linked to high-pressure injection wells where hydraulic fracturing fluids are disposed.
Texas Considers New Oil, Gas Pipeline RulesThe Texas Railroad Commission has proposed new rules it says will more tightly regulate the states' network of oil and gas pipelines.
Texas Railroad Commission Elects New ChairwomanThe Texas Railroad Commission has unanimously elected Commissioner Christi Craddick as chairwoman.
Oil And Gas Regulator Chairman Makes Fracking PleaOutgoing Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman has asked officials of a North Texas city to not support a grassroots petition advocating a ban on hydraulic fracturing within the city limits.