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A group of land owners and conservationist walk on a gasline right of way during a field day to see native plant restoration at Dobie Ranch in Live Oak County, where gas and oil lines have been given right of way, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. The "field day" several groups including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and South Texas Natives. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

New safety rules for South Texas pipeline inspectors mandate “buddy system,” quicker gun licenses

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The policy changes follow complaints by Commission Chairman David Porter that the federal government had failed to protect pipeline rights-of-way from becoming pathways for illegal immigration and cartel activity.
Texas will deploy additional sensors to study a rash of earthquakes shaking the state as researchers try to determine whether the tremors are linked to the underground disposal of oilfield waste.
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As quake debate intensifies, Texas funds additional research

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Texas will deploy additional sensors to study a rash of earthquakes shaking the state as researchers try to determine whether the tremors are linked to the underground disposal of oilfield waste.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

XTO Energy asked to show it’s not causing Texas quakes

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Texas officials remain unconvinced about direct links — even as neighboring Oklahoma embraced research showing wastewater wells were likely causing quakes in that state.
Rep. Jim Keffer

Commentary: HB 3749: The Year’s Most Important Legislation for Gas Utility Customers

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The Houston Chronicle this week has highlighted what is likely the year’s most important state legislation for gas utility customers. House Bill 3749, by state Rep. Jim Keffer, will help ensure that Texas cities continue having a voice to defend their citizens against unwarranted gas utility rate hikes. A key legislative committee approved the bill last […]
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Monday at the Capitol: Legislation would rename the state’s ‘worst-named agency’

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It’s been said that the Texas Railroad Commission is the worst-named agency in the state. And that’s not according to an agency detractor, but from a former chairperson. The Texas Railroad Commission has absolutely no authority over railroads. Surveys have shown wide confusion about its responsibilities. But Texas home and business owners – whether they know it […]
Ryan Sitton (Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle)

New Texas oil regulator steps down from oil firm

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The regulator, Ryan Sitton, will be sworn in next week to join the three-member board of the Texas Railroad Commission. Though he did not specify a date, he said he will resign as chief executive of the company, Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services, placing his ownership stake in a blind trust.
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Texas crude production soars, but signs of slowdown emerge

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Texas producers have been scrambling to recalculate and re-recalculate the economics of their investments in the state’s shale fields.
Texas Railroad Commissioner Christie Craddick. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Texas Railroad Commission to continue drill permits in Denton

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The chairwoman of a state agency that regulates oil and gas in Texas says she’s disappointed that Denton residents passed a measure to ban further hydraulic fracturing.
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Texas panel amends disposal well rules over earthquake concerns

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As of Nov. 17, disposal well operators must research U.S. Geological Survey data for a history of earthquakes within 100 square miles of a proposed well site before applying for a permit.
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Report: Texas oil juggernaut threatened by feds, environmentalists

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Texas’ oil and gas juggernaut could be threatened by federal regulators and environmental groups proposing policies that could stifle production, a new trade group report finds.