Environmental (environment)

Governor Abbott to sign Denton fracking bill

Wed, May 20, 2015 - 5:35am

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced this morning that he will sign into law a bill that reasserts the state’s control over oil and gas drilling and prohibits cities from banning hydraulic fracturing, giving them only limited control over the oil and gas process within their city limits.

Abbott will sign the bill two days after he appeared at commencement services in Denton at the University of North Texas. Denton was the first — and likely the last — city in Texas to ban fracking.

Abbott’s stamp of approval on the bill comes as no surprise. At the beginning of the legislative session,...

Denton Fracking Future Unclear

Fri, May 8, 2015 - 12:22pm

After only six months it looks likely that Denton’s fracking ban is about to be undone, leaving many wondering what comes next.

On Monday, the State Senate passed HB 40, the bill many have come to know as the “Denton Fracking Bill.” Having passed the House already, the final bill is now in the hands of Governor Greg Abbott where most expect he will sign it into law.


HB 40, in its current form, limits local control over gas drilling and takes away the ability of cities to place...

Is fracking moratorium the solution for quakes in Texas, Oklahoma?

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 - 12:55pm

The release of studies this week linking fracking to recent earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma came as no surprise to those who have been rocked by the temblors in recent years.

The question for people such as Angela Spotts, 53, of Stillwater, Okla., is what’s being done about the problem. The reports, including one by the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday, tied seismic activity to wastewater disposal following the oil and gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

“I’m trying to understand what’s being done to protect us. There’s no excuse for a moratorium not being put in place...

Coal provides energy for East Texas, but new EPA rules could make it more costly

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 - 7:30am

When bald eagles at Martin Lake built a nest a hundred yards or so from the shore, Luminant buried the power lines between the nest and the water. There’s a delicate balance to be struck, the power company says, between using resources and preserving them.

Now, as Luminant’s Liberty coal mine enters into full production as other mining operations wind down, and as Texas faces another summer of high energy demands to power a growing economy, it’s all about that balance again.


The EPA is preparing a new set of rules that could affect coal-fired electrical generation, including facilities such as the Martin Lake...

Student research and innovation displayed at research conference

Thu, Apr 9, 2015 - 12:57pm

Is north Georgia's amphibian population under threat of a fatal skin disease? What causes antisocial behavior in online video games?

These and other research questions are under exploration by students at the University of North Georgia (UNG), dozens of whom presented their findings at UNG's 20th Annual Research Conference (ARC), held recently on the university's Dahlonega, Gainesville and Oconee campuses. In their projects, students work closely with faculty mentors to develop research questions in areas of special interest and create a plan of action to answer those questions. The event, sponsored by UNG's...