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TX House Subcommittee hears testimony from Railroad Commission seismologist

Justin Scott | Breaking Energy Following the Texas Railroad Commission’s recent proposal for additional rules related to disposal wells in “high-risk” seismic areas, on Monday, August 25, members of the Texas House Subcommittee on Seismic Activity heard testimony from Dr. Craig Pearson, the seismologist hired by the Railroad Commission to investigate the possible correlation between seismic events and oil and gas activity. Pearson’s hiring followed a ...

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Flares emitting more pollution than refineries

By JENNIFER HILLER and JOHN TEDESCO | San Antonio Express-News Amber Lyssy used to love driving to her family’s Wilson County farm. “I would roll my windows down and smell the fresh country air,” Lyssy said. But lately, she’s not sure what she’s breathing as oil wells and natural gas flares from the Eagle Ford Shale boom creep up to the ...

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Railroad commission publishes proposed rules on injection wells

Max Baker | Fort Worth Star-Telegram Following a rash of earthquakes in North Texas that some argue is connected to fracking, the Texas Railroad Commission today released proposed rules requiring drillers to provide additional information before sinking injection wells in areas where there has been seismic activity. If the proposed rules are approved by the commission later this year, drillers ...

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Looking for water in the oil field

Jennifer Hiller | San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — The oil and gas industry uses a relatively small slice of the state’s water but disposes of a whole bunch of it — an estimated 296 billion gallons disappears down underground disposal wells in Texas each year. Could that be a source of water for a state grappling with drought and ...

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Editorial: Transparency key when dealing with environment


The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas) On July 27, the Victoria Advocate published a story about Nordheim, a small town in the Crossroads, that could be the location for an oil-field waste site after a decision is made by the Texas Railroad Commission in September. A San Antonio company has proposed an oil-field waste disposal and treatment site for a 204-acre ...

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Texas’ oil, gas regulator refuses to talk to media

TRC exec director

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI  for the Associated Press HOUSTON — Texas’ oil and gas regulator has instituted a blanket policy barring staff from doing media interviews, raising questions about transparency just as the state grapples with the intricacies of one of the largest energy booms in decades. The three-member Texas Railroad Commission, which is one of the largest state agencies of its ...

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