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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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Texas Railroad Commission approves new pipeline permit process

The Texas Railroad Commission has approved new rules modifying what pipeline operators must do to become common carriers and possibly get the power to condemn land for their projects. The agency, which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, has been criticized as rubber-stamping applications by companies that want to lay pipelines that carry natural gas, hazardous materials and other ...

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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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Texas towns test oil and gas supremacy on fracking

RENO, Texas — A Texas hamlet shaken by its first recorded earthquake last year and hundreds since then is among communities now taking steps to challenge the oil and gas industry’s traditional supremacy over the right to frack. Reno Mayor Lyndamyrth Stokes said spooked residents started calling last November: “I heard a boom, then crack! The whole house shook. What ...

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5 Star announces new saltwater disposal venture in Eagle Ford

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5 Star SWD, LLC, a company that owns and operates commercial saltwater disposal facilities (SWD) and oilfield-related waste processing plants, has announced the beginning stages of construction on SWD facilities that will be located in the Eagle Ford Shale Play. The new location, named 5 Star Fashing SWD will be located in Atascosa County, Texas and is projected to be open ...

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Let the games begin in Denton


On Tuesday, the citizens of Denton, Texas, passed an unprecedented hydraulic fracturing ban that sent a wave of disbelief throughout the state. Now a Texas energy industry group and the Texas General Land Office is going to court in hopes of halting the fracking ban. Wasting no time at all, the two entities are seeking an injunction in District Court ...

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