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Study finds fracking for natural gas saves water

saving water

CARLSBAD — The Permian Basin, which stretches from West Texas into Southeast New Mexico, was one of the first proving grounds for the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing. The recent economic boom in the area can be attributed to the growth of the oil and gas industry, which produced 1,405.2 trillion British thermal units of natural gas in 2011 ...

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Kingsville A&M launches Eagle Ford program

solving problems

SAN ANTONIO — Texas A&M-Kingsville researchers took a look in their own backyard and saw a need. To fill that need, they’ve launched the Eagle Ford Center for Research, Education and Outreach. The idea is to promote sustainability in what rapidly has become one of the country’s major oil fields, looking at everything from the process of producing oil and ...

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Earthquakes in Texas increasingly common, but rarely severe

seismic activity

The ground trembles, the walls shake and then homes are destroyed. Could the South Plains be victim to rumbling earthquakes? According to experts, some parts already are — but rarely that severe. “Texas has always had minor quakes, but sometimes larger ones,” said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “There’s more activity in West Texas because of ...

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More shale rail opens across South Texas

railroads

SAN ANTONIO — Just south of Loop 410 on a brush-encircled site, new rail track draws a giant oval, stacks of railroad ties sit ready and four 130-foot-tall silos — now empty — are ready to store 20,000 tons of sand. By January, the $54 million, 320-acre Southton Rail Yard should start moving its first loads of sand for hydraulic ...

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Report raises new concerns about EPA probe of Texas natural gas drilling

natural gas

WASHINGTON _ The Environmental Protection Agency was justified in intervening to examine possible risks of gas drilling to Texas drinking water, the agency’s internal watchdog reported Tuesday. But environmentalists say the report raises fresh concerns about the EPA’s 2012 decision to halt its investigation into possible well water contamination in Parker County, Texas. The EPA Inspector General’s report is the ...

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UPDATE 2-Regency Energy to buy pipeline assets in Texas for $1.6 bln

regency

Dec 23 (Reuters) – Regency Energy Partners LP, owned by billionaire Kelcy Warren’s Energy Transfer Equity LP, said it would buy pipeline and related assets for about $1.6 billion to take advantage of soaring crude production in Texas. The pipeline operator plans to buy assets in the Texas Panhandle from Eagle Rock Energy Partners for $1.3 billion and assets in ...

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UTSA study: a $14.5 billion Permian Basin impact

permian basin

San Antonio — A new study estimates that the oil and gas industry had a $14.5 billion impact last year on the Cline Shale region, east of the traditionally busier drilling area of the Permian Basin. The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development looked at a 10-county area and found the industry last year supported 21,450 ...

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Corpus Christi road reconstruction set for spring 2014

road

CORPUS CHRISTI — Corpus Christi will receive road repair and reconstruction thanks to a $150 million contract from the state. The Texas Transportation Commission awarded a $150 million contract to Austin Bridge & Road and Angel Brothers on Friday for the repair of 27 roads in Corpus Christi, Laredo, San Antonio and Yoakum damaged by heavy trucks and increased traffic. ...

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