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AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature is poised to take a major step toward wiping out a highly publicized local ban on hydraulic fracturing approved by a college town near Dallas — and ensuring that other communities don’t follow suit.

San Angelo Republican Rep. Drew Darby’s bill is poised for House debate and approval Tuesday. His is one of 11 proposals seeking to limit local restrictions on oil and gas exploration after Denton voters in November banned fracking in their town’s territory.

AUSTIN — A bill that would limit cities and towns from passing local ordinances restricting oil and gas drilling and exploration is headed to the full Senate.

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development voted 8-0 on Tuesday to advance a proposal by its chairman, Horseshoe Bay Republican Sen. Troy Fraser.

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.

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.

Homeowners, industry leaders and those in the oil and gas business provided some heated testimony about a bill that would have required cities to take prior approval for all local referendums in future.  

The bill by Weatherford Republican Rep. Phil King was created in response to the City of Denton’s ban on “fracking”, but it would have affected other city ordinances that voters were able to get on a ballot using petitions.  

Wendy Lee, an anti-fracking activist and philosophy professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, has always protested peacefully. So she was stunned last winter when a state trooper came to her home to ask her about eco-terrorism and pipe bombs.

The trooper was investigating an alleged trespassing incident that involved Lee and two other activists visiting a gas compressor in Pennsylvania's Lycoming County in June 2013. Lee says they stayed on a public road and left when security guards told them to go away.

Eileen Pace

    

Eagle Ford Shale communities are zeroing in on new areas of business they can fall back on once fracking is no longer bringing income into South Texas.

UTSA has been working with the communities on finding new opportunities to keep their economies strong, and for some, the question is not “If” – but “When.” 

DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler says his county has used its tax structure to prepare for a future without fracking.

Experts Looking At Whether Fracking A Factor In Texas Quakes

Jan 9, 2015

Geophysicists are looking at whether hydraulic fracturing, generally known as fracking, might be one of the factors responsible for a number of quakes to hit Texas earlier this week. Fracking is a process through which liquid — generally chemicals and sand suspended in water — at very high pressure is blasted into wellbores to fracture the shale rock layers and release natural gas. Also this week, a study from the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked dozens of earthquakes in Ohio in March 2014 to fracking in the area. A previous study in Oklahoma had linked the wastewater shot into deep disposal wells to a surge in quakes there.

Mixed Reaction As New York Bans Fracking

Dec 19, 2014

This week, New York became the second state in the nation to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Vermont’s ban, which was the first, was largely symbolic, as the state doesn’t have any real natural gas resources. New York, though, sits on the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, and the debate over whether to open it to fracking has been deeply emotional and contentious.

Energy Information Agency

Oil prices are down--way down--from their June peak. The release of the oil reserve figures last week from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, showed the country's reserves of 36 billion barrels in 2013, a 35 year high, 10 billion barrels more than just five years before. As global production remains strong, the glut of oil will remain, sending prices--and stocks--tumbling further. 

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