oil and gas drilling
EPA to Require Toxic Release Reporting from Gas Plants
Texas Tribune: Hundreds of gas plants across the country — and as many as 180 in Texas — soon will have to alert the federal government if they discharge, produce or handle certain toxic chemicals like benzene or hydrogen sulfide.
DFW Residents Rally for Clean Air
From our blog: The EPA came to Dallas with open ears about its new plan to slash methane pollution from oil and gas operations. An overwhelming majority of citizens testified in favor of the proposal and asked for even stronger rules.
Schneider: Stop denials on ‘frackquakes’; preserve local ordinances
Austin American-Statesman Op-Ed: Scientists have finally begun to confirm what many Texans have long suspected – the oil and gas drilling technology known as “fracking” and the disposal of fracking wastes has likely caused earthquakes in North Texas.
2 years after West explosion, little regulation proposed
KVUE News Austin: Two years after the West explosion, some watchdog groups say the state has done little to improve safety involving chemical facilities.
Overnight Vigil Held at Texas Capitol
Protesters across Texas erected an 18-foot mock fracking rig with a flare to protest HB 40, which would drastically limit local regulations on oil and gas extraction activities.
Fracking bills in Legislature fuel city-control debate
Dallas Morning News: It was standing room only at a House hearing on two bills that would restrict how cities can regulate oil and gas activities.
Trahan: To rule out oil and gas activity as earthquake cause is not credible
Dallas Morning News Op-Ed: Geologists have known since the 1960s that hazardous waste injection wells can and do cause earthquakes, and recent scientific research has shown that fracking itself can cause tremors as well.
Suit seeks EPA decision on oil field chemical disclosure
Houston Chronicle: Environmentalists filed a lawsuit to force federal regulators to decide whether they should require companies to disclose the toxic chemicals released during oil exploration and production.
Dallas finally passes strict gas drilling rules after years of debate
CultureMap Dallas: It’s been a long road for Dallas gas drilling opponents and proponents alike. The Dallas City Council has approved a new gas drilling ordinance that is among the strictest in the nation.