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Mission Solar producing solar panels

Vicki Vaughan | San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — A spotless solar manufacturing plant on the South Side is the latest step in CPS Energy’s plan to obtain 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The $130 million factory owned by Mission Solar Energy is up and running at Brooks City Base. Last month, it shipped the ...

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Industry seeking ways to recover more oil

Jennifer Hiller | San Antonio Express-News San Antonio — Better, faster, cheaper, safer — and with a lot more sand. Operators and service companies in the Eagle Ford Shale have moved well beyond talking about the discovery of the Eagle Ford Shale and instead have shifted into sharing ideas about how to improve the recovery of oil and gas. Companies are ...

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Minor earthquake shakes Eagle Ford country

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media An earthquake registering at 3.2 magnitude was felt in Atascosa county Wednesday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that the quake was centered about 40 miles south of San Antonio in the town of Charlotte. A KENS 5 reporter spoke with Marilyn Roberts, a local resident of Charlotte, who assumed the quake was caused ...

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It’s official: Edwards is in Stage IV pumping restrictions

Scott Huddleston | The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — It’s official: The drought-stricken Edwards Aquifer is now in Stage IV, meaning all users of the San Antonio pool have to cut pumping by 40 percent as of Tuesday. It was triggered when the 10-day average level reached 629.7 feet above sea level as measured at the monitoring well, just ...

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Looking for water in the oil field

Jennifer Hiller | San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — The oil and gas industry uses a relatively small slice of the state’s water but disposes of a whole bunch of it — an estimated 296 billion gallons disappears down underground disposal wells in Texas each year. Could that be a source of water for a state grappling with drought and ...

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Texas Tech develops mat that could absorb oil spills

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Edwin Delgado | The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — A Texas Tech University research team has discovered that low-grade cotton made into an absorbent nonwoven mat is capable of collecting up to 50 times its own weight in oil. The results were published online in the July edition of the American Chemical Society’s journal Industry & Engineering Chemistry Research. The ...

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NuStar’s net income rises

Vicki Vaughan | San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — Six months into his tenure as CEO of NuStar Energy LP, Brad Barron has made good on his promise to investors. The pipeline partnership achieved what Barron said was the “biggest goal,” fully covering NuStar’s distribution to unitholders, by 1.1 times. Not since the third quarter of 2011 has NuStar been able ...

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Small-town residents brace for environmental battle

Sara Sneath | The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas) NORDHEIM — Two white signs with black lettering that read “Don’t dump on Nordheim” are stuck in a fence along Hohn Road in front of Kevin Styra’s home. In black magic marker, Styra added, “You might win this war, but we’ll win the eternal one,” on the corner of one sign. Directly across ...

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Odessa apartment survey shows rise in rent

Corey Paul | Odessa American  Odessa apartments cost more and offer fewer vacancies than they did last year, despite projections that a surge in residential building could offer relief to renters, according to the annual apartment survey by Odessa Chamber of Commerce. The city’s average monthly rent in July was $1,021, which is $60 more than the same month last ...

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Refinery conducted proper clean up

Vicki Vaughan | The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — A state investigation into a March 4 spill of jet fuel from the city’s only crude oil refinery found that the plant’s owners followed proper procedures in reporting, containing and cleaning up the spill. No violation of rules occurred as a result of the accident, the Texas Commission on Environmental ...

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