Natural Gas fracking http://tpr.org en The Source: Derailments Spike Along With Oil Shipments http://tpr.org/post/source-derailments-spike-along-oil-shipments <p>Transporting crude oil from areas booming with the hydraulic fracturing revolution relies heavily on railroads. Busier railroads means more derailments and more derailments with trains loaded with old cars filled with oil means more tragedies.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:57:39 +0000 Paul Flahive 34320 at http://tpr.org The Source: Derailments Spike Along With Oil Shipments UTSA Report: West Texas Counties Need To Prepare For Gas Boom Population Growth http://tpr.org/post/utsa-report-west-texas-counties-need-prepare-gas-boom-population-growth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new study by </span>UTSA’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Institute for Economic Development shows a rapidly-rising economy is in store for the West Texas oil and gas play. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The largest oil production in Texas has always been in the Permian Basin, but with new hydraulic </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> technologies, more of the shale plays around the state are starting to get a piece of the pie.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:49:22 +0000 Eileen Pace 33588 at http://tpr.org UTSA Report: West Texas Counties Need To Prepare For Gas Boom Population Growth South Texas Lawmaker Urges House To Prepare For Mexican Natural Gas Boom http://tpr.org/post/south-texas-lawmaker-urges-house-prepare-mexican-natural-gas-boom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Landmark reforms that could lead to a deregulation of the Mexico oil industry has a Texas state lawmaker wanting to explore how the state could benefit. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Early this year Mexico passed one set of reforms in regard to the country’s oil exploration and now the state-run oil company PEMEX is seeking investors and private companies with the skill to help extract one of the biggest oil reserves in the world. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:28:53 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33512 at http://tpr.org The Source: Big Oil Challenging Water District Rights http://tpr.org/post/source-big-oil-challenging-water-district-rights <p></p><p></p><p>Tomorrow morning the Texas Railroad Commission&nbsp; considers whether or not a groundwater district has the standing to protest the permitting of waste water disposal wells. The commission is tasked with regulating the oil and gas industry.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:34:50 +0000 Paul Flahive 32090 at http://tpr.org The Source: Big Oil Challenging Water District Rights Ban On Hydraulic Fracking In Denton Would Be A First In Texas http://tpr.org/post/ban-hydraulic-fracking-denton-would-be-first-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The North Texas city of Denton sits atop one of the largest natural gas reserves and could become the first Texas city to ban hydraulic fracturing. </span></p><p>O<span style="line-height: 1.5;">pponents worry the process of extracting oil and gas is hazardous to residents' health and call it a violation of property rights.</span></p><p>Denton has had a temporary ban on fracking since 2012 but will consider permanently banning it in the next two months. Denton City council has the next 60 days to vote on the issue.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:44:42 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31392 at http://tpr.org Ban On Hydraulic Fracking In Denton Would Be A First In Texas Texas Family's Nuisance Complaint Seen As Win Against Fracking http://tpr.org/post/texas-familys-nuisance-complaint-seen-win-against-fracking A Dallas jury recently awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict, reached on April 22, is being called a landmark by opponents of the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."<p><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/05/02/what-a-multi-million-dollar-lawsuit-could-mean-for-fighting-fracking-in-court/">Bob and Lisa Parr</a> have been telling their story for a while. They even appeared in the anti-fracking documentary <em>Gasland II</em>. Fri, 02 May 2014 07:51:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News & Mose Buchele, KUT News 31028 at http://tpr.org Family Awarded $3 Million In Unusual Fracking Case http://tpr.org/post/family-awarded-3-million-unusual-fracking-case A Texas family has been awarded $2.9 million in a lawsuit over personal injury and property damage related to fracking.<p>In 2008, the Parr family started having serious health issues. They sued Aruba Petroleum, which operates natural gas wells near their home.<p>The Parrs argue that the company&#8217;s activities created toxic air pollutants and diesel exhaust. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:45:34 +0000 editor 30926 at http://tpr.org State Legislators Looking At Ways To Manage Natural Resources In Eagle Ford Shale Region http://tpr.org/post/state-legislators-looking-ways-manage-natural-resources-eagle-ford-shale-region <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As activity and income from the </span>Eagle Ford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Shale continues to grow, affected communities are studying how to manage finite resources into the future.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Local and state leaders are planning for issues that could not be fully addressed during the boom that hit the area six years ago. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:47:38 +0000 Eileen Pace 30598 at http://tpr.org State Legislators Looking At Ways To Manage Natural Resources In Eagle Ford Shale Region South Texas Looking To Oil & Gas Exporting At Eagle Ford Consortium Conference http://tpr.org/post/south-texas-looking-oil-gas-exporting-eagle-ford-consortium-conference <p>More than 600 South Texas business and community leaders are meeting in San Antonio this week for the third annual <a href="http://www.eaglefordconsortium.org/" target="_blank">Eagle Ford Shale Consortium Conference</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The communities over the </span>Eagle Ford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Shale have come a long way since the first wells were drilled in 2008 and the first few years saw growth so rapid that residents could barely keep up.</span></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:02:37 +0000 Eileen Pace 30424 at http://tpr.org South Texas Looking To Oil & Gas Exporting At Eagle Ford Consortium Conference "Frackaso," An Art Perspective On Hydraulic Fracturing http://tpr.org/post/frackaso-art-perspective-hydraulic-fracturing <p></p><p>A new exhibit opens Friday combining art and fossil fuel extraction called Frackaso. The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s Marisol Cortez explained how it was named.</p><p>“In English it’s a play on fracas: a mess, a fracas. And in Spanish <em>fracaso</em> means an utter and abject failure,” Cortez said.</p><p>And then there’s fracking, which is the third and strongest meaning of this art show. The Esperanza sent out the word they wanted to do an exhibit with hydraulic fracturing as its muse, and people responded. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:58:02 +0000 Jack Morgan 30220 at http://tpr.org "Frackaso," An Art Perspective On Hydraulic Fracturing