oil industry

From Texas Standard.

The 2010 disaster at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people and spilled nearly 5 million barrels of oil. It was the worst oil spill in U.S. history and afterward, the Obama administration created new rules for offshore rigs in an effort to prevent similar catastrophes.

But now, those regulations may be revoked. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement recently proposed rolling them back as part of a broader Trump administration initiative to loosen regulation of the energy industry.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration is considering a rollback of Obama-era regulations on offshore oil drilling. The rules were put in place following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Emily Glazer (@EmilyGlazerWSJ) of The Wall Street Journal.

From Texas Standard.

For decades, if you pulled into any gas station in Mexico, the brand name on the pump would invariably be PEMEX, the name of the state-run oil monopoly. Now oil giant Exxon Mobil has announced it will open 50 gas stations in Mexico in 2018. Eight are opening this week. Most other major energy companies have begun operations in Mexico since the nation opened its energy economy to private companies.

New Demand, Same Old Story: West Texans And Their Water

Nov 15, 2017

This piece is Part 4 of our Untapped series about the new West Texas.

In arid West Texas, where rain is infrequent and rivers and lakes are few, groundwater – water from sources beneath the surface of the earth – is key to survival. And as the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin demands more of this resource from the surrounding area, researchers are scrambling to study the systems of webbed aquifers that feed households, farms, ranches and industry in the region.

A Tourist Town Reckons With An Energy Boom

Nov 15, 2017

This piece is Part 3 of our Untapped series about the new West Texas.

For generations, Texans have visited the desert oasis of San Solomon Springs for recreation, refreshment and rejuvenation. And for almost as long, the springs have powered the economy of the tiny town that sits next to them; Balmorhea. But now, an expanding industry is bringing big change to Balmorhea.