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Public News Service - TX: Energy Policy

Ponds near oil rigs store wastewater from the fracking process, which is disposed of by injecting it back into the well. Some scientists believe this can cause earthquakes. (GettyImages)

DALLAS – A new study is adding fuel to the debate over whether recent earthquakes in Texas are caused by oil and gas operations or natural geologic events. The study by Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey points to evidence that injecting wastewater into gas wells du

TexNet has set up 22 permanent seismic monitoring stations across the Lone Star State, including this one near Van Horn in West Texas. (Texas Bureau of Economic Geology)

AUSTIN, Texas - Many Texans think earthquakes are something they worry about out in California, but Texas officials have just installed a seismic monitoring network to study the frequency and intensity of earthquake activity across the state. The Texas Bureau of Economic Geology's TexNet project wi

The latest Oil and Gas Threat Map identifies schools and child-care facilities located near oil and gas production operations. (Pixabay)

SAN ANTONIO - As the Environmental Protection Agency backs away from limiting toxic emissions from oil and gas wells, Texas environmental groups are stepping up calls to limit the pollution. Earthworks and Moms Clean Air Force have released an updated version of their interactive Oil and Gas Threat

One report ranks San Antonio as the fastest-growing Texas city projected to have a rapid rise in temperatures as a result of global warming. (Carol Highsmith/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The effects of climate change on temperatures don't appear to be deterring people from moving to some of Texas' largest cities, according to a new report. The website Sparefoot, which helps people locate storage space, rates the fastest-growing cities in the country by how ra

The EPA estimates that there are more than 8,000 new oil and gas operations close enough to Texas residents to negatively affect them with toxic methane emissions. (McNew/GettyImages)<br /><br />

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texans have until midnight Wednesday to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to delay the start of new rules curbing toxic leaks of methane. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants a two-year stay in implementing the New Source Performance Standards for tho

A new study finds only three out of 100 instances of illegal air pollution in Texas result in the offender being fined by the state. (MarkWilson/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- While it may not pay to pollute in Texas, a new report finds it certainly doesn't cost very much. A joint study by Environment Texas and the Environmental Integrity Project said that between 2011 and 2016, Texas regulators imposed penalties on fewer than 3 percent of the illegal a

Air quality monitors in Texas have indicated high ozone levels, indicating excessive emissions of methane and other toxic compounds from oil and gas wells. (EyeEm/GettyImages)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Clean air advocates say it's a breath of fresh air for Texas - as a federal court blocks Trump Administration efforts to roll back a methane emission rule for new oil and gas wells. This week, the court found the EPA exceeded its authority by imposing a 90-day moratoriu

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PLANO, Texas – Methane and other toxic byproducts from oil and gas exploration will, by 2025, make Texas the worst state in the nation for public health problems from toxic pollution, according to a new report. The study, produced by the Texas Grassroots Network, said up to 7,400 Texas oil a

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