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Texas private colleges are saying no to guns on campus

Texas private colleges are saying no to guns on campus

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When the conservative Texas state Legislature passed a law requiring public universities to allow concealed guns on campus, it also gave the state’s private institutions of higher learning the chance to follow suit. None has so far. More than 20 private schools have said they won’t lift their gun bans when the law takes effect this ...

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Majority of Texans support local control of fracking, UT poll shows

A majority of Texans believe cities should be able to ban hydraulic fracturing even if state law otherwise permits it, according to a recent poll conducted by the University of Texas at Austin. In Texas, 57 percent of those surveyed agree that cities should be able to block hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and nationally 58 percent support giving cities that ...

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Norman to consider amendments to city ordinance

When municipalities across the nation began debating fracking bans, Oklahoma lawmakers struck back, enacting legislation to protect the state’s billion-dollar oil and gas industry. On May 29, Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 809 into law, prohibiting cities and towns from banning fracking or other oil and gas operations within city limits. The new law was a setback to many ...

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Brighton works with oil, gas drillers to protect water

Sharon Dunn | Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) For almost a month last spring, Brighton business owners found out just how important the oil and gas industry was to their town. In March, shortly after the Brighton City Council put a four-month moratorium on oil and gas development — to some residents and business owners, seemingly out of the blue, with no ...

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Time is short to avert shale industry’s imminent radioactive dilemma

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Debate surrounding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing tends to center around a few figurehead issues. The potential for oil spills from wells or pipelines, air and noise pollution from drilling activities and contamination of underground drinking water supplies often dominate the conversation, prompting ill-informed standoffs between a public concerned for its safety and ...

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Time is short to avert shale industry’s imminent radioactive dilemma

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Debate surrounding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing tends to center around a few figurehead issues. The potential for oil spills from wells or pipelines, air and noise pollution from drilling activities and contamination of underground drinking water supplies often dominate the conversation, prompting ill-informed standoffs between a public concerned for its safety and ...

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Colorado judge strikes down fracking ban

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media For the second time in two weeks, a Colorado district judge has struck down a voter-approved moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the Denver Business Journal reports. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) sued the city of Fort Collins, Colo., after voters approved a five year stay on drilling operations within the city in November ...

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Boulder County judge strikes down Longmont fracking ban

Scott Rochat | The Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo. A Boulder County District Court judge has struck down Longmont’s fracking ban but said the ban can remain in place while the city considers an appeal. Judge D.D. Mallard issued the summary judgment Thursday. In the ruling, she said Longmont’s charter amendment clearly conflicted with the state’s regulations and its interest in ...

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Colo. Oil & Gas Association: Lafayette residents’ fracking lawsuit ‘frivolous’

Alex Burness | The Boulder Daily Camera, Colo. The Colorado Oil & Gas Association has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought forth by two Lafayette residents who seek immediate enforcement of the fracking ban passed in November by the city’s voters. In a statement released Tuesday, COGA described the suit as “frivolous.” In November, 60 percent of Lafayette ...

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