oil & gas

Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Texas oil and gas boom doesn’t mean prosperity for everyone

A cowboy turned roughneck reflects on the haves and have-nots in Texas’ Eagle Ford oil boom.
Credit nytimes.com

The Lone Star State is king of the oil and gas drilling boom.  Over a quarter of all the active drilling rigs in the world are in Texas.  That prosperity is not without cost, nor does it benefit every Texan.

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Oil & Gas Industry
8:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Texas oil boom benefits drug smugglers?

Eagle Ford road
Credit theeaglefordshale.com

New roads and the increased activities of the Texas oil boom are also helping another lucrative market- drug smuggling according to a recent story from KUT.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Plentiful domestic crude oil brings a refining revival to Kansas and Texas

A small “teapot” refinery, mothballed for years, has reopened in Nixon, Tex., and the town is coming back to life.
Credit Michael Stravato / nytimes.com

Small, abandoned refineries dot the High Plains, but the domestic oil boom of domestic light-crude is breathing new life into some of them said a recent article in the New York Times.  

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Failure to ‘Call Before You Dig’ Is a Big Cause of Texas Pipeline Accidents

Temporary sign marks where gas pipeline is buried along road under construction in Harris County.
Credit DAVE FEHLING / StateImpact Texas

Texas has the most miles of natural gas pipelines.  It also has the most accidents.  Federal pipeline regulators say Texas and Florida give the most exemptions regarding who has to notify a pipeline or utility company before digging according to StateImpact Texas.

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Garfield County, Colorado
8:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Study Links Natural Gas Drilling and Spills to Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

A drill rig in Garfield, County Colorado.
Credit Courtesy of Carol Kwiatkowski / Colorado Public Radio

Chemicals used in gas drilling work against our endocrine system, a network of glands and cells that release hormones into our bodies.  The chemical disrupters can effect fertility, sperm counts, cause breast and prostate cancer, compromise our immune system, and even contribute to obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.  

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