Eagle Ford Shale

Eagle Ford Shale
5:38 am
Sun October 12, 2014

In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom

Guillermo Gomez, husband of Vilma Marenco, holds his daughter in their home in Northeast Houston. Marenco was killed in April after being hit by an uninsured trucker who ran a red light.
Mayra Beltran Houston Chronicle

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 12:14 pm

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked huge reserves of oil and gas in shale formations in many states. The biggest winner, in terms of new jobs, has been Texas.

But an investigation by Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle shows Texas highways have become the nation's deadliest amid a fracking boom.

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Eagle Ford Shale
5:40 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Eagle Ford Economic Impact Study Focuses On Community Sustainability

City Managers Bruce Pearson (Pleasanton), Larry Dovalina (Cotulla), Allen Barnes (Gonzalez), and Don Tymrak (Karnes City) discuss their communities' Eagleford Shale challenges and opportunities. The panel spoke to at the presentation of the 2014 Economic Impact Study of the Eagle Ford Shale at UTSA's Downtown Campus
Credit Eileen Pace

 

The economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas continues to climb each year, and the forecast calls for the trend to continue.

The latest study focuses on sustainability for communities through the oil boom and beyond.

Marked increases in employment rates were seen across South Texas in the last year for counties caught up in the oil boom.  

UTSA’s Dr. Tom Tunstall, who leads the Eagle Ford Shale studies, said each year’s report has shown substantial increases, and projections are strong well into the future.

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Eagle Ford Shale
10:27 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Nordheim Fights Becoming The Fracking Waste Capital Of The Eagle Ford

Lyn Janssen holds a yard sign which protests the proposed fracking waste disposal pits near Nordheim.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

At a recent Monday night in Nordheim, a town of 300 about 75 miles southeast of San Antonio, neighbors are gathering at the old dance hall; the Nordheim Shooting Club.

But this isn’t for a night of boot scootin’, they are here to organize against what they see as an environmental threat to their town and their way of life.

Two massive fracking waste disposal pits, one 200 acre site and the other 575 acres, are being proposed for right outside of town.

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Oil & Gas
10:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

UTSA Report: West Texas Counties Need To Prepare For Gas Boom Population Growth

Credit UTSA Institute for Economic Development

A new study by UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development shows a rapidly-rising economy is in store for the West Texas oil and gas play.

The largest oil production in Texas has always been in the Permian Basin, but with new hydraulic fracking technologies, more of the shale plays around the state are starting to get a piece of the pie. 

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Eagle Ford Shale
1:47 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

State Legislators Looking At Ways To Manage Natural Resources In Eagle Ford Shale Region

State Senators Carlos Uresti, Juan Hinojosa, and Leticia Van De Putte discuss fracking issues at the 3rd Annual Eagle Ford Consortium Conference in San Antonio this week.
Credit Eileen Pace

As activity and income from the Eagle Ford Shale continues to grow, affected communities are studying how to manage finite resources into the future.

Local and state leaders are planning for issues that could not be fully addressed during the boom that hit the area six years ago.  

South Texas counties successfully weathered transformational changes with the Eagle Ford. It’s no secret that incomes have skyrocketed.

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Eagle Ford Shale
12:02 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

South Texas Looking To Oil & Gas Exporting At Eagle Ford Consortium Conference

South Texas oil (brown) and gas (blue) wells.
U.S. Energy Information Administration

More than 600 South Texas business and community leaders are meeting in San Antonio this week for the third annual Eagle Ford Shale Consortium Conference.

The communities over the Eagle Ford 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.

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Deep In The Heart Of (A Transforming) Texas
3:08 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town

This nighttime NASA satellite image from 2012 shows lights from drilling sites and natural gas flaring along the Eagle Ford Shale.
NASA

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:12 pm

South Texas is in the midst of a massive oil boom. In just a few years, it has totally transformed once-sleepy communities along a crescent swoosh known as the Eagle Ford Shale formation and has brought unexpected prosperity — along with a host of new concerns.

Among the towns drastically changed by the drilling is Cotulla, southwest of San Antonio, about 70 miles up from the border with Mexico. The area is called brush country — flat, dry ranch land, scrubby with mesquite and parched by drought.

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Community
11:23 am
Thu March 13, 2014

The Source: How Eagle Ford's Explosive Growth Impacts Communities

South Texas Environmental Education and Research

According to oil field service company Baker-Hughes, almost half of all the oil rigs in the United States, and almost 25 percent of rigs worldwide, are in the Eagle Ford Shale region, working on "tight" oil deposits. The exploration explosion has been a boon for local economies, and also reaches statewide in its scope. Unemployment in these areas has dropped to as low as 4 percent in some counties.

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Texas Matters
1:44 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Ted Nugent, Opposition Research & The Race For Railroad Commissioner

What could be better than the two frontrunners for governor attacking each other? Add outspoken rocker Ted Nugent to the mix.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: The addition of rocker/conservative-activist Ted Nugent to the campaigning in the race for governor only served to add fuel to an already blazing fire. More on opposition research and it's role in modern campaigning, and how hydraulic fracking in North Texas could play a role in the race for railroad commissioner. Also on this show: Air quality in the Eagle Ford Shale, and a look at the next generation of Texas oil field workers.

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The Source - February 5, 2014
2:07 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

The Source: Getting Pollution On The Record | Craft Brewing Explodes

Environmental Protection Agency

In the first segment:

A loophole is letting hundreds of oil and gas companies emit a combined 8.5 million tons of toxic chemicals every year in America and they don’t have to tell the public anything about it.

A new report by the Environmental Integrity Project has highlighted industry in Texas as being THE biggest polluter of the eight states they investigated, noting nearly 100 individual facilities releasing 10,000 pounds of toxic chemicals each year.

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