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Cleanup continues from North Texas derailment during storms

CORSICANA, Texas — Cleanup crews are dumping gravel to firm up an area near two overturned locomotives that derailed during North Texas flooding. A Union Pacific spokesman said Tuesday that crews are working to rebuild track washed away during storms north of Corsicana. Two crewmembers swam to safety after much of the 64-car train derailed early Saturday during storms that ...

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Texas city leaders repeal voter-approved ban on fracking

DENTON, Texas — Leaders of a North Texas city have repealed a voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing by energy companies. The Denton City Council early Wednesday voted 6-1 to drop the fracking ban. The Denton Record-Chronicle says council member Keely Briggs dissented. Fracking involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations to release trapped oil ...

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State lawmakers quiz scientists on earthquake study

On a day that small earthquakes continued to shake North Texas, Southern Methodist University researchers testified before a House committee on Monday about their study linking a swarm of previous temblors near Azle and Reno to oil and gas operations. While no one linked earthquakes recorded near Irving and Dallas in recent days to drilling, lawmakers at the state Capitol ...

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Two small quakes shake North Texas

Two small earthquakes rattled North Texas Sunday, but as usual no major damage was reported. Initially, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that the first quake, at 10:11 a.m. Sunday about 2 miles north of Irving, had a magnitude of 3.1 magnitude. A few minutes later, it was upgraded to 3.2. Then at 4:12 p.m. a 2.5-magnitude quake was reported about ...

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Will policies and falling prices derail fracking?

Two recent events have cast some doubt about the seemingly bright future of fracking in various parts of the country. The first has to do with a few voter-driven efforts to eliminate fracking. The second is related to the recent plunge in energy prices. While voters and many municipal governments have decided to restrict fracking, few have banned it altogether. ...

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Chesapeake accused of not paying for gas it produced from invalid leases

FORT WORTH — Chesapeake Energy may face a class-action lawsuit that claims it has cheated North Texas landowners of at least $100 million by pumping gas from properties that had gone through foreclosure, invalidating the oil and gas leases. Chesapeake continued to tap reserves beneath the various properties in Johnson and Tarrant counties even after the Oklahoma City-based energy giant ...

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Denton ready for legal fight if fracking ban OK’d

A fracking rig sits in an farmers field in Colorado

DENTON, Texas (AP) — The mayor of the North Texas city weighing a ban on hydraulic fracturing this week said he’s prepared for the court battles that might result if the ban passes. Denton Mayor Chris Watts told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he expects Tuesday’s referendum “may be just the beginning for us.” “The vote is not the end of ...

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Texas amends waste disposal rules for fracking

fracking water

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Railroad Commission has amended rules for disposal well operators amid concerns that high-pressure injections can trigger earthquakes. As of Nov. 17, disposal well operators must research U.S. Geological Survey data for a history of earthquakes within 100 square miles of a proposed well site before applying for a permit. The commission, the state’s oil ...

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Texas panel amends hydraulic fracturing rules

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Railroad Commission has amended rules for disposal well operators amid concerns that high-pressure injections can trigger earthquakes. As of Nov. 17, disposal well operators must research U.S. Geological Survey data for a history of earthquakes within 100 square miles of a proposed well site before applying for a permit. The commission, the state’s oil and ...

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