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RRC Texas appoints new communications director

The Railroad Commission of Texas has announced Rich Parsons as their new communications director effective November 12, 2014. Rich Parsons started out his career in communications as broadcast journalist for Austin’s KXAN NBC affiliate where he worked for a little over eight years before pursuing governmental employment. Prior to his new position, Parson worked as Deputy Director of Communications under ...

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Editorial: Flaring: the dark side of the oil boom

Bakken Oil Well Flare

The San Antonio Express-News The flaring of natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale makes for spectacular images. And it is slowly killing Texas and the world. The state clearly needs to begin offering more than the illusion of regulation. This is the biggest take-away from the exhaustively reported four-part series, “Up In Flames,” in the Express-News by Jennifer Hiller ...

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Denton, Texas to decide fracturing’s fate on Tuesday

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Denton is now ground zero in the battle between the Texas petroleum industry and anti-frackers. For months, the North Texas town has danced around reaching a decision to be either the first town in Texas to ban fracking altogether within city limits or take another route of regulation. Currently, Denton has a terminable agreement ...

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