Tag: Texas Railroad Commission

State regulator unveils proposed rules on disposal wells

Facing mounting concerns about ties between earthquakes and oil and gas activity, Texas regulators are proposing new rules for wastewater storage wells.  More »

Texas weighs new pipeline rules

Some Texas attorneys think proposed changes to state eminent domain rules for oil and gas pipeline operators don’t go far enough to protect people from the companies that take their land.  More »

Residents put pressure on fracking firms as quakes plague region

Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years.  More »

Game camera catches spill by oil truck

The mystery of an oil-field truck spill that closed two roads in Karnes County in March may have been solved — by a game camera.  More »

Tomlinson tackles energy issues in new Houston Chronicle column

The Houston Chronicle’s new business columnist Chris Tomlinson has been tackling some of the energy industry’s biggest challenges since joining the staff earlier this month  More »

Texas oil and gas regulator warns against ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to quakes

“A knee-jerk reaction could have a negative impact on our economy because of the large role the oil and gas industry plays here,” a lead industry regulator testified at a subcommittee hearing in Austin.  More »

Researchers study string of Texas earthquakes

FORT WORTH — Researchers collecting seismic data hope it allows them to determine what role wastewater injection wells have played in a string of small earthquakes northwest of Fort Worth. The area in northeast Parker County, about 15 miles northwest of Fort Worth, has experienced more than 30 small earthquakes since November. Last month more […]  More »

State oil regulator warns warns operators about gas flares

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick said the agency is sending letters to operators Wednesday reminding them of the state’s natural gas flaring rules and warning that the state will enforce them.  More »

Texans shaken by quakes demand halt on injection wells (video)

Residents of a North Texas town that has been shaken by a rash of earthquakes descended on a meeting of state regulators Tuesday and called for a moratorium on nearby injection wells.  More »

New tests find more methane in North Texas water

Texas’ oil and gas regulator has opened a new investigation into allegations that methane is contaminating North Texas water after residents complained that independent sampling by university researchers revealed high levels of the explosive gas in their residential wells, the state agency and scientists said.  More »

Are injection wells helping spark Texas quakes?

The widespread use of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas and oil from shale formations has increased the need for disposal wells, which are used to send wastewater deep underground. And there is some evidence they can cause quakes.  More »

Mammoth mining tool takes overnight ride through Texas

Workers in Conroe were gearing up Tuesday to haul a colossal, 63.4-metric ton dragline excavator — essentially, a giant shovel — overnight to a coal mine near Austin.  More »
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