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An Unusual Search Warrant And What It Says About How Texas Regulates Drilling

As drilling for oil and gas has surged in Texas, there has been concern over its threat to groundwater. We're taking a look at the state agency that's supposed to be a watchdog on the drilling industry — the oddly-named "Texas Railroad Commission." Critics have contended the railroad commission is far too friendly to the drilling industry, going easy even when it finds pollution violations.

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