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Denton defends fracking ban as it hits the books

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While Denton becomes the first city to ban fracking in Texas on Tuesday, the fight over its prohibition against the controversial drilling method is far from over. The grassroots initiative against hydraulic fracturing, approved by voters on Nov. 4, takes effect despite threats by the oil and gas industry and state officials that it violates state law. Since the city ...

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Chemical plant had some environmental violations

LA PORTE, Texas — State records show dozens of minor or moderate state environmental violations since 2009 at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant where four people died from toxic fumes over the weekend. The plant, however, which covers 600 acres along the Houston Ship Channel in LaPorte and has operated since 1956, has received a satisfactory rating from the Texas ...

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Permanent air monitor coming to Karnes County

A permanent air monitor is finally coming to the center of the Eagle Ford shale play. According to Lisa Song and David Hasemeyer for InsideClimate News, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has caved to the pressure of a recent study on air quality, as well as malcontent from area officials and residents alike. The new air monitor will ...

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Refinery fire extinguished

SAN ANTONIO — A South Side refinery likely will be closed through today after a fire occurred near a crude unit on Tuesday, the plant’s manager said. The plant, owned by Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP, was shut down shortly after 7:30 Tuesday morning after workers put out the blaze that occurred during maintenance, the plant’s manager said. Workers ...

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Natural gas spill causes concern at Lake Stamford

Timothy Chipp | Abilene Reporter-News LAKE STAMFORD, Texas — A natural gas condensate spill at Lake Stamford has officials monitoring the water quality and residents concerned Tuesday. Residents in the area of the former Paint Creek Power Plant reported hearing a loud sound Monday morning, something similar to a jet engine. Hours later, cleanup crews from Atmos Energy and environmental ...

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XTO cited for unauthorized water pumping from lake in Dallas/Fort Worth metro

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ Residents of Dalworthington Gardens have been concerned for some time about the water level of Pappy Elkins, a tiny lake located between Dallas and Fort Worth. They have suspected that the oil and gas company XTO has improperly drew from the lake for use in hydraulic fracturing operations in 2011. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ...

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Questions to EPA on Eagle Ford air quality met with incompetence

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ InsideClimate News has been reporting on the issue of air quality in South Texas’ Eagle Ford region for some time, but five months of their requests for an interview with an Environmental Protection Agency official were delayed and eventually refused. Jim Morris and Lisa Song report: On our 11 trips to Texas we encountered many residents who asked ...

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Texas attorney general plans to fight new EPA rule

Betsy Blaney | The Associated Press A federal mandate to slash carbon emissions nationwide could result in another lengthy legal battle in Texas after the front-runner to become the state’s next governor said Monday he will fight the effort. Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general and Republican nominee for governor, said requirements to cut emissions by 39 percent in Texas would ...

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