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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)

Many chemicals used in Texas fracking remain a mystery

For the past five years, biochemist Zac Hildenbrand has investigated potential links between unconventional drilling and water quality, collecting thousands of samples throughout the major shale plays in Texas.
Workers prepare drilling pipe on the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) La Muralla IV deep sea crude oil platform in the waters off Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg)

Pemex remains a tough challenge for reformers in Mexico

“Pemex today in many ways is a company that in the U.S. would be bankrupt,” said Jorge Piñon, who heads the University of Texas’ Latin American energy program.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

UT Energy Poll: Three-quarters of Americans now believe climate change is real

American’s views on climate change and other hot-button energy and environment topics are still closely tied to their political affiliation, with 90 percent of Democrats saying climate change is occurring compared to just 59 percent of Republicans in a new UT Energy Poll.
In this Oct. 1, 2015 photo, Jose Bautista works  on a rebar support for new footings as renovations continue at the University of Oklahoma's football stadium in Norman, Okla. Tumbling crude prices in oil-rich states are pinching off the largesse that helps universities when state budgets are strained. Oklahoma has scaled back a planned $370 million renovation to its football stadium.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oil collapse gives U.S. colleges a test on backpedaling donors

The latest bust and tumbling crude prices are now pinching off the largesse that helps this university and others in oil-rich states afford what they want when state budgets are straitened, which is especially the case now.
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Pro-industry group throws support behind drilling on Texas university land

A pro-industry group is firing back at calls by environmental advocates to restrict drilling on university lands in Texas, arguing that oil and gas revenue has provided massive financial support for the University of Texas and Texas A&M.
(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Researchers say fracking on UT lands poses health, environmental risks

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 […]
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto holds the documents he signed that enact reforms to the constitution at the National Palace in Mexico City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Report: How to make business sense of Mexico’s energy reform

Mexico is opening its oil and gas fields to foreign investment for the first time in decades – a potential business bonanza for companies that can navigate the changes.
(Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

UT Energy Poll: Americans say gasoline prices are geting better (but they’re still too high)

With fuel costs plummeting alongside the collapse in crude oil, more Americans feel they’re getting a fair price at the gasoline pump now than at any time since late 2011.
(AP Photo/University of Wyoming)

Students in energy programs getting nervous as oil prices plummet

College seniors hoping to start careers in the energy sector are worrying about their job prospects now that crude oil prices continue to fall.
(Johnny Hanson/Chronicle)

Nature article questions natural gas optimism

The report highlights conflicting estimates about the long-term viability of increasing natural gas production, and warns that acting on the assumption natural gas will always be cheap may not be ideal.