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Texas still biggest CO2 emitter but getting better, environmentalists say


By James Osborne, Dallas Morning News Everything is bigger in Texas, including carbon dioxide emissions from cars, power plants and other fossil fuel consumers. In 2011 the state pumped out 680 million metric tons of the greenhouse gas, almost double its closest competitor California, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But state and federal environmental policies implemented between 2007 and ...

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BNSF CEO says railroad will hire 5,000 workers in 2014


By Steve Kaskovich, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway plans to add 500 locomotives and hire 5,000 workers this year to handle increasing demands on its sprawling network, the company’s president and CEO said Tuesday. In an interview with CNBC, Carl Ice said that the new jobs will be spread across the railroad’s network but that the most new hires ...

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Shell Drops out of Eagle Ford


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Due to their recent disappointing domestic shale operations results, Royal Dutch Shell PLC will be ceasing investments in the Eagle Ford Shale. According to the San Antonio Business Journal, Shell will be cutting their U.S capital by 20 percent  due to this decision. Shell PLC is the number one natural gas and oil producer ...

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Residents learn risks of possible facilities


YORKTOWN — Two oil-field waste facilities are being proposed near the town of Nordheim. The applications for the sites have been denied once, but the applications have been amended and again are in the hands of the Texas Railroad Commission. Known and suspected cancer-causing compounds as well as mutagens are among the chemicals that will be going into the two ...

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‘A lot of fear’ about fracking

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The Texas oilman says that every time hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is discussed in the region, people present the “nightmare scenario.” “There is a lot of fear because people have told them, if they frack, they’re going to completely ruin our water system,” said Stan Sherrill, president of Shore Exploration and Production Corp. in Texas. “Nothing could be farther from ...

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Abbott’s $4 billion pledge for TxDOT could be hard to fulfill

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made the pledge repeatedly throughout his successful run this year to the governorship: His transportation plan would put an additional $4 billion a year into Texas highways “without raising taxes, fees or tolls.” Once elected, he made the $4 billion pledge one of his top legislative priorities. But the governor-elect’s tantalizing proposal may be illusory. ...

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