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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.

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Fracking Report Reverberates In Texas

Posted on · A draft report from the Environmental Protection Agency sent shockwaves through the energy industry this week. The report showed that the technique of oil and gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing lead to water contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming. What could the findings mean for drilling in Texas?

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Not Pond Scum, Algae Upgrades To Biofuel

Posted on · Algae, that green slimy stuff that ruins swimming trips and clogs drains, is for most people a disgusting nuisance. But not to a group of researchers at UT Austin. StateImpact Texas reporter Mose Buchele takes you into the lab to learn why scientists believe the cars of the future could run on Algae.

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Natural Gas From Bridge To Barrier

Posted on · The debate over America's vast reserves of natural gas usually focuses on the risks and the benefits. In the benefits column: it's a relatively cheap, it's domestic, and it's a cleaner burning than coal. The risks? Well, that's usually when Hydraulic Fracturing — or fracking — comes up. But StateImpact Texas reporter Mose Buchele reports, recent shifts in the price of natural gas are presenting a whole new set of challenges for America's energy future.

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Drilling For Shale Gas In Mexico

Posted on · The Eagle Ford Shale formation in South Texas that's made headlines for its abundance of natural gas doesn't end at the Rio Grande. That fact was not lost on the Mexican Government, which recently announced plans to expand its drilling for gas there in an effort for more energy independence. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports on the implications for both sides of the border.

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Cities Want To Be ‘Energy Capital’

Posted on · There are some people in Houston who worry that the city could suffer the same fate as Detroit: a place that once dominated an industry and now doesn't. KUHF's StateImpact Texas reporter Dave Fehling looks at threats to Houston's claim as "the world's energy capital."

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Coal Powers Texas But At What Cost

Posted on · About a third of our power is generated by burning coal, according to the state. That generates tons of air pollution. And that's why projects for even more or bigger coal-burning power plants can raise a lot of opposition. Our StateImpact Texas reporter, Dave Fehling, has been to one place in Texas where just such a battle took place.