Environmental (environment)

Ozone and health

Mon, Feb 2, 2015 - 12:57pm

What’s going on

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed toughening the national standard for ozone, or smog. Smog is formed when nitrogen oxides combine with volatile organic compounds in sunlight. Emissions from cars, trucks, factories and oil and gas production equipment all contribute to smog. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the current standard — which the North Texas region already violates — doesn’t protect public health. An advisory panel of independent scientists agreed, as did a previous panel in 2008. Industries and others, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, say the public is...


Tue, Jan 20, 2015 - 12:05pm

The risk of an earthquake in the flatlands of North Texas may be rising, the chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Seismic Hazard Project says.After more than 120 earthquakes since 2008, USGS will likely upgrade the risk of an earthquake occurring in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, though not by much, Mark Petersen told the Dallas Morning News.For the first time this year, the agency will include quakes believed to be caused by human activity in its National Seismic Hazard Map.Southern Methodist University seismologists have linked two local earthquake clusters with wastewater injection wells, where companies dispose of...

Anti-fracking leaders from Denton, Texas, to make appearances in St. Tammany Parish

Wed, Jan 7, 2015 - 12:03pm

Two people whose efforts helped enact a ban on fracking in Denton, Texas, will be in St. Tammany Parish this weekend for a party and a symposium about hydraulic fracturing. The citizens group Tammany Together is putting on the events.

Adam Briggle, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas, and his wife, Amber, will be the guests of honor at a party Friday night (Jan. 9) from 8 to 11 p...

Michael A. MacDowell: Will shortsighted policies, low oil prices derail fracking?

Fri, Dec 19, 2014 - 12:44pm

Two recent events have cast some doubt about the seemingly bright future of fracking in northeastern Pennsylvania and in other parts of the country. The first has to do with a few voter-driven efforts to eliminate fracking. The second is related to the recent plunge in energy prices.

While voters and many municipal governments have decided to restrict fracking, few have banned it all together. That is why shock waves ruminated through those involved in the fracking process when 59 percent of voters in Denton, Texas — a state that owes much of its economic success to petroleum — last month voted to ban hydraulic fracturing...

Texas City's Fracking Ban Sets Stage for Litigation

Thu, Dec 18, 2014 - 9:20am

Supporters of Texas' oil and gas industry say that when voters in Denton, Texas, last month decided to ban hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), they voted away millions of dollars a year in tax revenue and set the stage for costly court battles, Breitbart reported Tuesday. Fracking, a process in which hydraulically pressured sand and other chemicals are used to fracture deep-rock formations where oil and natural gas can be found, has resulted in a huge jump in energy production...