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Albert Granger, right, and Julio Palma install a structure used as living quarters that will be exhibited at the Offshore Technology Conference 2015, Friday, May 1, 2015, at NGR Center. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle )

Houston traffic ensnares OTC speakers

Houston traffic — made all the more formidable by the arrival of tens of thousands of guests for the Offshore Technology Conference — delayed a session Monday morning.
The new pollution, measured in millions of tons of greenhouse gases, may exceed all of the savings achieved through initiatives like subsidies for public transport and fuel efficiency. (Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg)

Cars become biggest driver of greenhouse-gas increases

Emissions from transportation may rise at the fastest rate of all major sources through 2050, surging 71 percent from 2010 levels, mainly from emerging economies, according to a leaked draft a UN study on climate change.
Emergency personnel attend to a man injured when a tractor he was driving overturned west of Kenedy, Texas in July 2013. Between 2009 and 2011 in Karnes, La Salle and Dimmit counties, crashes involving a commercial vehicle increased 470 percent. (San  Antonio Express-News)

Traffic fatalities down in Texas drilling area

Traffic fatalities are down but the number of wrecks has risen in a 23-county area of South Texas where oil drilling has boomed in recent years.
Morning traffic builds Thursday November 17, 2011 at the intersection of State Highway 119 and State Highway 72 in Yorktown, Texas. The town is in the oil-rich Eagle Ford shale formation area where drilling is increasing and the enormous amount of truck traffic is taking its toll on roads there. (JOHN DAVENPORT/

Gravel roads in the Eagle Ford? Talk it out in Cotulla

The state plans to convert about 83 miles of roads in West and South Texas to gravel, saying it does not have the funds to repair the damage caused by heavy oil field traffic.
(Photo: Michael Henninger/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Cutting water use, costs, through teamwork

Shale drilling could be more profitable and more environmentally friendly if companies were willing to put up with an ugly concept: Working with the competition.
A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Shale video talks jobs, not fracking or traffic

A group supporting shale drilling released a 7-minute video today filled with sound bites from industry proponents about the benefits of increasing natural gas production from shale, but didn’t address many environmental concerns.
The Eagle Ford oil boom has caused the cost of renting a house in South Texas to skyrocket, forcing local people to move away as oilfield workers move in. This four-bedroom house in Cotulla rented for $550 a month until recently. The owner is now seeking to charge $125 a week per occupant to eight or more workers. (Photo: John MacCormack / HC)

Eagle Ford boom brings tricky problems

Truck traffic, high rents and pipelines everywhere a hassle as the Eagle Ford booms.