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Bush’s agency joins lawsuit alleging federal land overreach

AUSTIN, Texas — Land Commissioner George P. Bush and his little-known but powerful agency, Texas’ General Land Office, joined a lawsuit Tuesday suing the federal government for what the suit calls an unconstitutional seizure of land. Filed last month by seven landowning families, the lawsuit accuses the federal Bureau of Land Management of a “blatant land grab” involving a 116-mile ...

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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DENTON, Texas — Leaders of a North Texas city have repealed a voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing by energy companies.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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National environmental groups want to join Denton fracking fight

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National environmental groups joined forces with grassroots activists in Denton on Thursday, seeking to defend in court the first municipal fracking ban adopted in Texas. The Denton Drilling Awareness Group, a citizens group that fought to put the ban on the November ballot, and Earthworks, a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., filed a petition in court asking to ...

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BP money benefits Coastal Bend conservation projects

CORPUS CHRISTI — More than 600 acres of Coastal Bend wildlife habitat was added to the list of Texas benefits from criminal settlements stemming from the BP oil spill, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced. Awards totaling more than $2.8 million for Coastal Bend projects follow a previously announced acquisition of the 17,000-acre Powderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County, destined ...

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EDITORIAL: Local control — unless it nicks oil industry

In landslide fashion, voters in Denton decided Tuesday to ban further hydraulic fracturing within their city, making Denton the first city in Texas to prohibit the drilling technique. The vote marks the beginning of an interesting legal and political battle over local control. Denton voters knew they were courting trouble by considering a ban on fracking, but they determinedly declared ...

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5 things to know about the Texas oil spill

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By Associated Press TEXAS CITY, Texas — WHAT HAPPENED?The Coast Guard says a barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of heavy oil collided with a ship Saturday in the Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as 168,000 gallons into one of the world’s busiest waterways. Oil has been detected 12 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. HOW ARE AUTHORITIES RESPONDING?The barge ...

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