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TPH report: At $50 oil, Eagle Ford production could dip 13 percent

Eagle Ford Shale counties top Texas production for October

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Communities in the Eagle Ford Shale topped the state’s list of the biggest crude oil, condensate and natural gas producers in October, according to preliminary data released this week by the Texas Railroad Commission. Karnes County continues to pump more crude oil than any other county, with nearly 6.39 million barrels produced in October.
David Porter, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, speaks Tuesday 11-10-2015 during the Executive Oil Conference at the Midland County Horseshoe Pavilion.
Tim FischerReporter-Telegram

The seven candidates vying for a seat on the Texas RRC

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The position will be left vacant after David Porter, the Republican chairman of the commission who was first elected in 2010, said last week that he would withdraw from the race for a second term.
David Porter, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, speaks Tuesday 11-10-2015 during the Executive Oil Conference at the Midland County Horseshoe Pavilion.
Tim FischerReporter-Telegram

David Porter won’t run for reelection to Texas Railroad Commission

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Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter announced today that he will not campaign for re-election to the commission. Porter is a CPA from Midland, but was well known in South Texas communities for organizing the Eagle Ford Task Force. He released this statement: “After much thought and consideration, my wife Cheryl and I have decided to
A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Small South Texas town upset about oil and gas waste dump

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The Texas Railroad Commission is likely to approve the controversial South Texas dump Tuesday despite heavy opposition from elected officials who represent the area, echoing issues of local control that played out in the Capitol during the last legislative session.
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Researchers say fracking on UT lands poses health, environmental risks

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SAN ANTONIO — Drilling and hydraulic fracturing in more than 4,000 wells on University of Texas lands in West Texas have created environmental and health risks, according to a report released Tuesday. The report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group asks the UT system to study best practices around the country […]
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Eagle Ford Shale tops Texas list of top crude, gas producers

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Communities in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas topped the state’s list of the top oil- and natural gas-producing counties in June, according to data released this week by the Texas Railroad Commission. Karnes County continues to pump more crude oil than any other county, with nearly 6.8 million barrels produced in June.
The shadows of  workers in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

How much oil does Texas really produce? The EIA now says it has a better way to count

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The goal is to arrive at data that can better track how Texas’ production is responding to the volatile price swings on the crude oil markets, said Gary Long, a petroleum engineer at the EIA who works on production data.
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.