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Keeping Old Oil Wells From Leaking

Posted on · When it comes to drilling deep for oil and natural gas, things can go wrong. Sometimes wells — especially old ones — leak. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into a Texas town where there seems to be an oil well on every block.

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Finding Oil In Texas Is Easy, Just Look On The Ground

Posted on · There's a lot of drilling going on in Texas for oil and gas. So much, that Texas is a big reason why the United States is now producing more oil than it imports. But it all begins with what in the oil business is the most fundamental of challenges: finding the right place to drill, a place to hit "black gold", not a "dry hole." StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has more.

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Vehicle Inspection Fraud Task Forces Running On Empty

Posted on · In Texas cities with bad air pollution, owners pay to have their vehicles inspected to make sure the engines are running cleanly. Part of that state inspection fee is supposed to go towards enforcement. But StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling tells why there's concern that even though there's a lot of inspection fraud, the efforts to catch it are getting cut.

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The Toxic Risk When Hurricanes Hit The Texas Chemical Coast

Posted on · The next hurricane that hits the Texas coast will again put some of the nation's biggest refineries and chemical plants — and the communities near them — at risk. But it won’t be the first time. Looking back at some big storms and the havoc they caused is what StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling did to find out what can go wrong.

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Knowing Your Neighbor When Deadly Chemicals Are Next Door

Posted on · When chemical fertilizer stored at a farm supply depot in the town of West exploded last month, it raised all sorts of questions about safety. Homes and a school that were within a quarter mile of the facility were heavily damaged. But it doesn't take a catastrophic explosion to put a community at risk — especially when chemicals are in the form of a gas.

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More Than Their Fair Share? Texas County Questions Frack Water Disposal Wells

Posted on · It's a nice surprise: so much oil and natural gas is now being produced here in Texas and other states that our dependence on foreign sources is dropping. While what's coming out of the ground may be great for the nation, there's concern about how to put a by-product of the drilling back into the ground. StateImpact's Dave Fehling reports from South Texas.

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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.

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Limiting Environmental Enforcement Raises Fears Of ‘Race To The Bottom’

Posted on · It's been called the "Texas miracle" — the way the state has created more jobs than any other. Texas has attracted new businesses — in part through financial and tax incentives, and by promising less regulation. But some economists warn that while that approach may be working for now, the Texas "business-friendly" attitude may cost the state in the environment.