Environmental (environment)

To Quiet Calls for Fracking Curbs, Texas Bans Bans
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Thu, Jun 4, 2015 - 11:16am

Jeb Bush’s eldest son, 39-year-old George Prescott Bush, is the latest Bush to become a politician. Last November, he was elected commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, which manages the mineral rights to millions of acres of state-owned property—the spoils of which fund public schools and benefits for veterans.

It’s George P. Bush’s first political office, and it has dropped him in the center of a battle raging for months before he took the position in January, one that pits Texans against the state of Texas in a debate over...

Denton Police Nicely Arrested Six Protesting Texas' Ban on Fracking Bans
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Thu, Jun 4, 2015 - 11:04am

Now that Texas has passed a law that says cities can't ban fracking, it's a fitting middle finger to fracking bans that an energy company would get to work in Denton, the city where voters passed the historic regulation that started this all. Vantage Energy resumed drilling in Denton on Monday. While that sucks for all of the people in Denton who voted to pass the city's fracking ban, a small consolation prize is that the company has nothing but very kind words to say about the people who were protesting outside their operations this week. Six of the protesters have been arrested so far. 

"We recognize and appreciate...

After Fracking Ban, Denton Residents Ponder Next Steps
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Wed, Jun 3, 2015 - 12:46pm

Frustrated and grasping for options that weren't apparent, Denton residents flooded a city council meeting Tuesday night to assess where things stand after state lawmakers smacked down an ordinance voters passed last fall to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits.

The key question before the council: Should it remove the now-toothless ordinance from its books to stave off further legal trouble, or keep it to strike a symbolic blow for local control on the off chance that the law will prove useful again some day?

“We find ourselves today at a melancholy crossroads,” said Adam Briggle, a North Texas University...

Citizens Arrested While Defending Denton, Texas Fracking Ban
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Tue, Jun 2, 2015 - 1:07pm

Three members of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group were arrested when they refused to move away from the entrance to a fracking site where work began today.

Before arresting them, however, Sergeant Jenkins, a 30-year veteran of the Denton police department, thanked Adam Briggle, a professor at the University of North Texas, and Denton residents Niki Chochrek and Tara Linn Hunter for the work they had done. 

The three were charged with criminal trespass and released before noon. The arrests come a week after...

Fracking a Hazard or Hope for American Energy?
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Fri, May 29, 2015 - 12:56pm

The goal for the United States to reach energy independence is supposedly in reach, but critics of the Obama administration say its regulators are making it harder to reach that freedom.

They complain new federal rules taking effect this month that tighten up on fracking won't help.

Hydraulic fracturing has become a common way to get previously unreachable energy out of the earth. It blasts a mix of water, sand, and chemicals into rock formations, breaking them up and freeing trapped oil and natural gas.

But some worry it might be creating health risks for...