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Schnurman: Why Texas won’t get busted again by low oil prices

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Dallas Morning News January 19, 2015 Mitchell Schnurman This time is different, and not by accident. Oil prices have fallen by more than half since last summer, prompting cuts in energy jobs and rig counts. That is stoking fears of a deep downturn in the state’s economy. But Texas is less vulnerable to the kind of oil shock that derailed the state in the 1980s, and that’s by design.

As North Texas Quakes Continue, Experts Look For A Cause

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

KERA News January 12, 2015 By BJ AUSTIN Another small earthquake vibrated Irving Sunday night: a magnitude of 2.5 at 7:46 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That makes 17 in the last week in North Texas, most of them around the old Texas Stadium site in Irving.  As the quakes continue, speculation circulates as to what's causing them.

What’s at fault? Scientists seek cause of Irving earthquakes

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Dallas Morning News January 10, 2015 By ANNA KUCHMENT, RANDY LEE LOFTIS, JAMES OSBORNE and AVI SELK The earth under North Texas barely stirred for at least a century, until something down there snapped in 2008. Swarms of small quakes rippled up from unknown faults beneath the soil. They rustled Cleburne, Azle and Irving. Last week’s 15 temblors around the old Texas Stadium site included the strongest yet in Dallas County, and their waves shook downtown office towers.

Gov.-elect Abbott: End local bans on bags, fracking, tree-cutting

Friday, January 09, 2015

Austin-American Statesman January 8, 2015 By Jonathan Tilove Declaring that freedom and private property rights should not be bound by city lines, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott on Thursday called for doing away with a “patchwork quilt” of local bans on everything from paper and plastic bags to fracking that he said threatens to turn Texas into California.

U.S. Interior Secretary Criticizes Fracking Bans, Citing ‘a Lot of Misinformation’

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

National Review Online January 5, 2015 By Jillian Kay Melchior Recent local and state fracking restrictions are “the wrong way to go,” says Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. She spoke only weeks after New York imposed a fracking ban, a decision the state justified by citing a much-criticized state department of health report on the supposed negative public-health consequences, including “community impacts associated with boom-town economic effects.”

The East and West Coast Converge on Denton

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 19, 2015 The term “you flew here, we grew here” took on a whole new meaning this week in the City of Denton.  Three national environmental groups finally stepped out from behind their east and west coast curtains, petitioning a Texas court to allow them to intervene in litigation – brought by the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) and the state’s General Land Office (GLO) – that challenges the city’s new fracking ban.  As reported in by the Daily Kos: “Denton Drilling Awareness Group and Earthworks are leading the intervention charge, represented by attorneys from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Earthjustice.”

Texas City's Fracking Ban Will Likely Cost Taxpayers Millions

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Breitbart December 16, 2014 By Sarah Rumpf AUSTIN, Texas -- The decision by voters in the North Texas oil and gas city of Denton to pass an ordinance that would ban fracking could cost their city millions of dollars a year, with several lawsuits already filed and more potentially on the way.

Travis County Court Agrees To Take Up Lawsuit On Denton’s Fracking Ban

Monday, November 17, 2014

Texas Public Radio By Ryan Poppe The Travis County court system has agreed to hear a case filed against the City of Denton’s fracking ban, advocates of the ban say the state’s “home-rule” statute allows their city to pass these ordinances while state officials argue that cities have no legal authority to ban fracking.

Judge denies stay in Fort Collins fracking lawsuit

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Coloradoan November 10, 2014 By Erin Udell The city of Fort Collins was dealt another blow — and the oil and gas industry another win — last week when a Larimer County judge denied the city's request to stay his decision overturning the city's 5-year fracking ban.

Untangling the Vote to Ban Drilling in Denton

Monday, November 10, 2014

Energy InDepth | Texas November 7, 2014 By Steve Everley Sold as a means of protecting homeowners, anti-fracking groups were quick to cheer passage of an anti-drilling measure in Denton. But the neighborhoods at the center of the controversy rejected the ban by a hefty margin.

Fracking saved motorists 94 cents a gallon in 2013, study says

Monday, November 03, 2014

Akron Beacon Journal  By Bob Downing  Published: October 31, 2014 From the American Petroleum Institute on Thursday: WASHINGTON, October 30, 2014 – The U.S. energy renaissance has been driven by innovations in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which were responsible for about 48 percent of U.S. oil production and shaved up to $0.94 per gallon from fuel prices in 2013, according to a new report.