The San Antonio chapter of the American Petroleum Institute is investing in the university’s science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and other programs that support the oil industry.
Although Texas A&M-San Antonio does not have a petroleum engineering major currently, the institute is supporting possibilities for the school’s future.
Last week the special session of the Texas legislature passed a bill that would institute mandatory minimums for 17 year olds convicted of capital murder.
The state of Texas has mandatory minimums for several crimes including murder, but has avoided some of the most controversial mandatory minimums with nonviolent drug offenses. States like Florida and Massachusettes have seen their prison populations swell with these nonviolent offenders.
The San Antonio River Authority has been conducting workshops throughout the San Antonio River Watershed area and is working on a holistic watershed master plan for Wilson, Karnes and Goliad counties.
SARA officials said its new best practices handbook is another element in providing residents and community leaders with ideas that have worked for other communities going through sudden and rapid growth associated with oil and gas exploration.
The gas boom in the Eagle Ford Shale has led to an economic boost for the area along with strained infrastructure, but the increase in business also means expensive equipment, and theft. The losses were causing so many problems for drilling operations that local police teamed with the FBI to form the Permian Basin Oilfield Task Force. In spite of their efforts, theft continues.
If you drive west from Houston out Interstate 10, about the time you've gone 100 miles and reached the edge of the Eagle Ford Shale, you'll begin noticing them: Big rigs and other assorted trucks. They're heading to the oil and gas fields of South and West Texas.
The Eagle Ford Shale project is expected to be the world’s largest natural gas exploration project in the next three years, so Frio County Commissioners are working toward a master plan for economic development needed by the community.
When the Texas Legislature starts its new session next month, lawmakers will be taking a close look at the state's booming oil and gas industry. Some believe the industry has grown far faster than the state's ability to regulate it. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found that while past efforts to improve oversight have failed, this time may be different.