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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.

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Homeland Security’s Focus On Photographers At Texas Refineries

Posted on · Two weeks ago, a bomb threat led to the evacuation of the UT campus in Austin. There was no bomb. But coming on the heels of violence directed at Americans in the Middle East, the incident raised what has become a perplexing — and costly — security issue for Texas: How to respond to the threat of terrorism. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been investigating this with regard to what’s called "critical infrastructure."

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Texas Coal Powers East Texas Jobs, But For How Long?

Posted on · Texas has been a stand-out recovering from the recession, creating more jobs than many other states. But it's not all good. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found a place where jobs are few. And that's why people who live there are very concerned when they hear about stricter government regulations that could have an effect on employment.

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Paying For Energy Efficiency Programs: Texas Industry Opts Out

Posted on · Big companies in Texas are saving millions of dollars by not having to pay a fee that millions of smaller companies and residential customers do pay. The fee helps fund programs aimed at making houses and commercial buildings more efficient. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling tracked down the story behind why some pay the fee ... and some don't.

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Texas To Investigate Health Risk Of Living Near Drilling Sites

Posted on · Dramatic increases in the amount of oil and gas being produced in Texas has brought with it an increase in air pollution. That could be a threat to people living near well sites. But there's conflicting information about the threat — and whether it's already meant higher cancer rates in some places. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling begins our story in North Texas.