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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 »

Red Queen effect can make production slow down in a hurry

Eagle Ford wells come in producing large amounts of oil or gas, but drop like a roller coaster after a year — a more than 60 percent dip that experts say is inherent to shale production.  More »

Texas production could double by 2020, industry regulator says

Drawing on booming resource plays that haven’t shown signs of slowing, Texas’ crude oil production could hit 4 million barrels per day by 2020, a top state industry regulator said Thursday.  More »

Texas on track to be among world’s largest oil producers

Oil drilling and production in Texas continues to rise, putting the state on track to be among the world’s largest producers of oil by the end of the decade, a Texas oil regulator said Monday.  More »

Drilling permit applications soar in Texas

Drilling permit applications in Texas are on the rise, up 18 percent from a year ago through the first eight months of the year, according to state data.  More »

Oil companies and environmentalists ask for changes in feds’ fracturing rule

Oil companies, environmentalists, hunters and Texas regulators are weighing in on new federal mandates proposed for hydraulic fracturing and drilling on public lands. Here is a sampling of some of the submissions, as the deadline for filing public comments approaches.  More »

Eagle Ford crude production jumps over year

Oil production in Texas’s Eagle Ford shale formation rose 60 percent in June from the same month the year before.  More »
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