Environment

Edwards Aquifer Protection Program
7:28 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Major Source Of Aquifer Shelter Funding Waits On City Decision

The shaded regions indicate which areas of the recharge zone have been purchased by the City of San Antonio
Courtesy photo

On Thursday, the San Antonio City Council will decide whether to ask voters to renew a sales tax for aquifer protection and park maintenance. This one-eighth of a cent sales tax could potentially have a host of uses.  

At the moment, the City of San Antonio uses most of the money collected from the sales tax to buy property in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge zone, which replenishes the area’s water supply. The tax was first approved in 2000, and 133,000 acres have been purchased so far through this money. 

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Environment
9:45 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Texas Lawmakers Consider Boosting Earthquake Research

Lynda Stokes, the mayor of Reno, Texas, testified before the Texas Railroad Commission on Jan. 21, 2014, about her concerns with an increased number of earthquakes in the Azle/Reno area northwest of Fort Worth.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera Texas Tribune

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 1:37 pm

State lawmakers are considering a nearly $2.5 million plan to help answer a pressing question in some Texas communities: Why does the ground keep shaking?  

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10:17 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Experts Looking At Whether Fracking A Factor In Texas Quakes

Geophysicists are looking at whether hydraulic fracturing, generally known as fracking, might be one of the factors responsible for a number of quakes to hit Texas earlier this week. Fracking is a process through which liquid — generally chemicals and sand suspended in water — at very high pressure is blasted into wellbores to fracture the shale rock layers and release natural gas. Also this week, a study from the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked dozens of earthquakes in Ohio in March 2014 to fracking in the area. A previous study in Oklahoma had linked the wastewater shot into deep disposal wells to a surge in quakes there.
After at least a dozen earthquakes hit North Texas in 36 hours, geophysicists said they're looking into whether fracking might have been a factor. The largest quake hit Irving, Texas, with a magnitude of 3.6 on Tuesday evening.
Environment
10:16 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Two Small Earthquakes Shake Dallas; Jokes Ensue

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 8:12 pm

People felt two small but noticeable earthquakes in the Dallas area Tuesday, with reports of shaking buildings and flickering lights. Some residents said they felt nothing; some worried about fracking; others joked about it all.

The first quake was measured at 3.5 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and the second was measured at 3.6. Both of them were centered about 3.5 miles east-northeast of Irving, just outside of Dallas.

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Environment
12:31 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Environmental Coalition Will Keep A Close Watch On State Legislators

Map of member groups within the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance
Credit GEAA / http://www.aquiferalliance.net/

  

As the legislative year begins, a major watchdog group for the Edwards Aquifer has claimed some successes for 2014 and said it would be keeping a close eye on what lawmakers did this year.

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, a coalition of 51 community, religious, environmental and business organizations that want to create a more impactful voice for the environment and the aquifer, has stated that it would be following state legislation carefully to make sure the coalition retains its ability to advocate for the environment.

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Environment
1:47 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Unless You’re Plagued By Allergies

Cedar pollen can often be seen bursting into clouds like this one from scrub cedars in the Texas Hill Country.
Credit Flickr - salaamministries.com

If it's getting close to Christmas, it's also getting nearer to the year's worst allergy season for San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.

Copious amounts of cedar pollen are expected to blow in on the first cold front, draping yellow blankets of the dusty stuff on cars and other surfaces.

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Environment
12:58 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Post-BP Plans For Gulf Coast Restoration

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

It’s been over 4 years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill. The underwater gusher pumped crude into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days and is considered the worst maritime oil disaster in history. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 5 million barrels. But that number is uncertain and there are some reports that the well site continues to leak oil into the Gulf.

In November 2012, BP and the Department of Justice reached a settlement and in part agreed to a record-setting $4 and a half billion dollars in fines and other payments.

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Environment
12:32 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Denton Fracking Ban Heading To Court

Frack Free Denton protest
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 Anti-fracking activists took their concerns to the voters of Denton, Texas in the recent November general election and passed a city fracking ban. It went into effect on December first. But industry leaders and the Texas Rail Road Commission say that doesn’t matter. They say it’s still “drill baby drill” for Denton. The Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Texas General Land Commission are now suing Denton over the frack ban. Cathy McMullan is the president of Frack Free Denton.  

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Environment
12:06 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Is Fracking Linked To Birth Defects?

Chemical warning signs welcome visitors to fracking site in Gonzalez County.
Credit David Martin Davies

A new report released this week adds to the growing evidence that the chemicals associated with fracking and horizontal drilling could be a danger to reproductive health to animals and humans. The study was conducted by the Center for Environmental Health.  Susan C.

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Environment
11:48 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Nordheim Waits For Word On Fracking Fate

Anti-Fracking waste pits protest signs have popped up around Nordheim.
Credit David Martin Davies

Sometime in November the one billionth barrel of oil was pumped out of the Eagle Ford Shale play – that’s according to the research firm Wood Mackenzie.

More than 70 percent of that production has occurred in the last two years.

The milestone comes at a time when oil prices are going through a steep drop. Right now a barrel of U.S. crude is going for under 70 dollars a barrel. And many in the industry have discussed plans to pull back on U.S. shale production.

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