StateImpact

Texas Regulators Face Anger Over Earthquakes Near Disposal Wells

Posted on · In the last few months, dozens of small earthquakes have shook the north Texas town of Azle, outside of Fort Worth. The quakes are thought to be linked to oil and gas drilling in the area. Specifically the disposal of wastewater from drilling — which is typically pumped underground by the millions of gallons. So, last night the state agency that regulates the Texas oil and gas industry held a meeting in the town.

StateImpact

How Texas Voted On Prop 6

Posted on · Proposition 6 — a plan to move $2 billion dollars from the state's Rainy Day Fund to finance water projects in Texas passed with 73% in favor last night. For StateImpact Texas Mose Buchele reports on how the vote went down and what comes next.

StateImpact

Water Plan Funding Bill Sinks In Texas House

Posted on · It was possibly the most high profile piece of legislation at the capital this session. House Bill 11 was a plan to pull $2 Billion from the states rainy day fund, to fund water projects in Texas for the next 50 years. It had the backing of the governor, the state's business community, and many environmental groups. But last night it could not muster the votes to gain approval in the Texas House of Representatives.

StateImpact

If Water Plan Is Funded Where Will Money Go?

Posted on · The Texas State Water Plan has been described as a $53 billion dollar wish list. It's full of local water projects to help secure enough water for Texas for 50 years. But those projects remain largely un-prioritized and unfunded. Now state lawmakers say they are serious about funding the plan. And exactly what projects will get funded is slowly coming into focus, as Mose Buchele reports for StateImpact Texas.

StateImpact

Oil And Gas Related Earthquakes?

Posted on · The science linking oil and gas drilling activity and earthquakes has been established for decades. And with the current boom in domestic drilling, more earthquakes are happening and states are taking action to fight them. But not in Texas, where the most drilling is taking place. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports.

StateImpact

Courts Wrestle With Pipeline, Property Rights

Posted on · Today in a Beaumont courthouse, Judge Tom Rugg will rule on yet another case concerning TransCanada. The pipeline company has been visiting a lot of Texas courthouses lately. At issue again is whether it can take private property in Texas to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. We can expect more pipeline cases as well. Judge Rugg says recent rulings on eminent domain in Texas mean nobody is quite sure where private property rights end, and a company’s right to take property begins.

StateImpact

Pipeline Could Push Gas Prices Higher

Posted on · The debate over TransCanada’s proposed oil pipeline from the tars sands of Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast has focused largely on the environmental and economic impacts. People in favor, say it will bring jobs and energy security. Opponents say it will damage the environment. But the project might have another consequence that’s been largely overlooked: it could actually raise gas prices for many American consumers.

StateImpact

A History Of The Texas Land Grab

Posted on · In the final installment of a series on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas, in partnership with StateImpact Oklahoma, reports on what happens when laws favoring landowners come into conflict with pipeline companies granted the power to seize land.