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One family remains evacuated after oil well blow out

The air quality around an oil well leaking natural gas in DeWitt County is below any level of concern, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality officials reported. Devon Energy officials said they were aware the well was leaking since late last week and evacuated its employees and nearby neighbors Tuesday afternoon when an increase in pressure led them to worry about ...

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Illegal dumping highlights problem of how to dispose of fracking waste

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By DAVID HASEMYER for InsideClimate News via Anchorage Daily New, AK Under the cover of early-morning darkness in South Texas last March, a tanker truck ferrying fluids from an oil and gas drilling site rumbled down a country road spewing its toxic load all over the place. The concoction of drilling fluid, which typically includes undisclosed and dangerous chemicals, oil, metals shavings ...

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Air pollution regulation in Texas still a cloudy issue

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By Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Amidst continued debate regarding the effect of fracking and drilling in oil and gas industry, the EPA posted an updated list of manufacturer-tested combustion control devices on May 15. This list is aimed at providing information into the industry that will help oil and gas companies minimize harmful air pollution. Air pollution is ...

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County files lawsuit against New Mexico company


By Nathan Miller, Odessa American A lawsuit filed on behalf of Ector County accuses a New Mexico corporation with a West Odessa location of illegally dumping several chemicals into the ground, including mercury, nickel, lead and cadmium. Additionally, the lawsuit states officials fear the chemicals could leak into the Ogallala Aquifer — one of the largest aquifers in the world. ...

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Texas penalizes San Antonio coalition after fracking study made public

By Asher Price, The Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas environmental agency has frozen funding for a San Antonio area governmental coalition’s air quality improvement work after an official there publicly shared modeling results that suggested fracking contributed pollution to the city. Last summer the Alamo Area Council of Governments made public a report that found that hydraulic fracturing, or ...

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