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Why Are Gas Prices So High? Speculating About Oil Speculation

Posted on · If you've filled up lately, we don't need to tell you gas prices are up. But how much of it can be blamed on oil speculators — those big investors who've been accused of manipulating the price of oil just to make a profit? Our StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into what the government is trying to do about them.

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Pipeline Companies Fight For Right To Take Property

Posted on · The Texas Supreme Court is expected to decide in coming days whether it made a mistake. A big mistake, according to pipeline companies. The court will decide whether to change an opinion it rendered on the rights of land-owners and whether pipeline companies can force their way onto private land.

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Texas Coal, Mexican Strip Mine

Posted on · At first glance it looks like good news. Carbon emissions in the U.S. have been on the decline in recent years. Texas, the country's biggest CO2 polluter has started turning away from coal as a source of electricity. But that doesn’t mean the coal is staying in the ground. For the StateImpact Texas project, Mose Buchele reports on the growing export of U.S. coal and how it’s affecting one small Texas town.

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What Happened At The Sandy Creek Power Plant?

Posted on · Rolling blackouts struck Texas once last year. And we went to the brink twice after that. So when an accident at the Sandy Creek power plant outside of Waco delayed more electricity from coming online, it came at exactly the wrong time. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports.

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How Fracking Is Changing South Texas

Posted on · Fracking — the controversial way of drilling for oil and gas. In some places, officials are banning it because of fears it could hurt the environment. No such bans though in the state where fracking is going like gangbusters: Texas. More on that from our StateImpact Texas reporter , Dave Fehling.

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Drilling Texas: Who’s Getting Big Tax Breaks?

Posted on · What critics call a "billion dollar loophole" is giving Texas gas producers a big break. StateImpact Texas reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into whether the industry is paying its fair share at a time when lawmakers have had to cut billions from the state budget.

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Rick Perry And The Troubles Back Home

Posted on · Despite his fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses earlier this week, Governor Rick Perry says he'll continue campaigning for president. While he's been away, Texans have grappled with the impacts of a historic drought, a newly invigorated fossil-fuel industry and seen continued battles between state policymakers and the federal government over environmental regulation.

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Texas Wildfires Scattered Birds To The Wind

Posted on · Bird Watchers across the country are participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count this month. But in Central Texas the tradition has a special importance this year. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports the Wildfires in Bastrop County, and across Texas have conservationists paying close attention to local bird populations.