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White House Tightens Rules On Chemical Disclosure In Fracking

Mar 20, 2015

WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.

A final rule released Friday also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids used in fracking, a drilling method that has prompted an ongoing boom in natural gas production.


FORT WORTH — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has requested that the Environmental Protection Agency scrap plans to tighten national emission limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, arguing the change would be bad for the economy.

The new regulations on ground-level ozone, proposed last November, would “stifle economic growth and job creation,” Abbott said in a statement Monday, announcing a letter sent to EPA director Gina McCarthy.

In the letter, sent a day before the EPA's public comment period on the proposal ends and signed by Abbott and the governors of 10 other states, the agency is urged to maintain the current standard at 75 parts per billion.

David Martin Davies

Hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is the practice of extracting oil trapped in shale rock. It’s producing large quantities of oil in South Texas in the Eagle Ford Shale. That’s one reason why the price of oil has dropped.  But there are questions about the environmental cost of fracking. And one 78-year old nun wants to make sure fracking is done right.

Driving down Texas Highway 72 Sister Elizabeth Riebschlaeger is following a flatbed trailer and calling 9-1-1.

courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department

The city has an annual giveaway that many of you may want to know about. 

What they’re giving away is trees--A lot of ‘em. Here’s City Forrester Ross Hosea.

"We provide up to about 750 fruit and nut trees. We have the public come out and they can take home and plant and grow in their own yards.”

I jokingly asked “I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you’re not giving away Blue Spruce?”

“No Blue Spruce, but we do have quite a variety, from apple, apricot, fig, a number of citrus—lemon, lime, orange. Pears, persimmons, pecans.

As I scrolled through tweets about a panel on agricultural entrepreneurs at the SXSW Eco conference earlier this month, one caught my eye. The sender was Vance Crowe, Monsanto's director of millennial engagement.

Corporate America is currently caught up in a torrid infatuation with millennials, who befuddle and torment the companies who want their dollars.

Workday At The TPaRbor Set For December 6

Oct 29, 2014
Elisa Gonzales

TPR listeners, roll up your sleeves and join us as we work with the San Antonio River Authority to restore a section of the river into a quality natural riparian woodland ecosystem. We're calling this 3.4-acre stretch of natural area on the southeast corner of the Theo Avenue bridge the TPaRbor.

Plant A Tree With Your Pledge

Oct 18, 2014

You may consider the San Antonio River one of the many treasures of our region.  

At TPR, we certainly do, and have partnered with the San Antonio River Authority to help restore a 3.4 acre site along the river with native, wildlife-friendly and sustainable trees, grasses, wildflowers and shrubs. [See map below] 

At the annual SXSW Eco, a conference in Austin, Texas, you'll find a lot of serious discussion of the rapid decline of the Earth's ecosystems.

But like the famed music, film and interactive parent festival, SXSW, this event is also about networking. That means parties. Lots of them. People shake off formalities easily here, and the young, casual, tech-oriented crowd takes full advantage of Austin's tantalizing buffet of food trucks, bars and music.

People in Maryland love their Baltimore orioles — so much so that their Major League Baseball team bears the name of the migrating bird. Yet, by 2080, there may not be any orioles left in Maryland. They migrate each year and, according to a new report, could soon be forced to nest well north of the Mid-Atlantic state.

Louise Vest (Flikr.com User: OneEighteen)

Last week the EPA held public hearings on its new emissions standards for coal-fired plants. Among the environmentalists and the energy lobbyists and CEOs were members of a variety of faith-based environmental action groups.

Many Christian conservatives among their ranks defy common convention on the politics of climate change. These groups feel called to act on climate change and that their religion supports environmentalism through the bible. 

Are your parishes and places of worship acting on climate change?