ERCOT, Texas Railroad Commission Facing Questions From Congress About Power Grid FailureThe widespread deadly power outages in Texas in February is getting more attention in Washington Wednesday. Congress is questioning officials who oversee the state’s energy industry and electric grid.
At ERCOT Hearings Oncor CEO Says Decision Was 'Between Having Electricity & Having A Total Blackout For Up To A Month'For the second day in a row, members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) are being grilled by lawmakers in Austin about the state power grid and the blackouts that left Texans in the cold and dark, and cost some their lives.
Oil Futures Drop Below Zero, Some Bottled Water Costs More Than Barrel Of CrudeDue to the COVID-19 outbreak, local and state governments have forced most businesses to close and most people to stay home, creating a massive glut of oil.
Lawmakers Consider New Safety Mandates After Deadly Natural Gas Explosion In DallasToday, Texas lawmakers will hear three proposals that would force natural gas companies to be more accountable for safety and transparency.
State Commission Rejects Proposal To Stop Estimated Billing By Atmos Energy, For NowA spokeswoman for the Railroad Commission of Texas could not immediately say when staff might complete its review of the practice.
State Agency To Hear Arguments For Ending Estimated Gas BillsThe Atmos Steering Committee, which negotiates on behalf of 150 cities in Texas, is proposing Atmos read meters every month.
I-Team: Records Reveal Dozens Of Atmos Gas Leaks In Same Neighborhood Prior To Deadly House ExplosionAtmos Energy may have missed multiple warnings about dangers beneath a northwest Dallas neighborhood where a house explosion recently killed a 12-year-old girl, according to a CBS 11 I-Team investigation.
Official Says Texas Gas Supply Recovering After HarveyA Texas official says the state's gasoline supply is recovering quickly after shortages he blames on hoarding and panic buying due to Harvey.
Texas House OKs Immigration Rules For Transportation SectorThe Texas House has voted to require contractors working for the state transportation department to increase efforts to refrain from employing people in the country illegally.
Texas Railroad Commission Requests Nearly $45 MillionThe Texas Railroad Commission is requesting nearly $45 million from the State Legislature to hire more inspectors, upgrade its technology and reduce its inspections backlog.
Top Texas Official Says Injection Wells Can Cause QuakesA top Texas official says it's "possible" oil and gas wastewater being injected deep underground can cause earthquakes.
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.