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Railroad Commission hires seismologist to study earthquakes

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The Texas Railroad Commission said Friday that it has hired its first staff seismologist, a position created in response to citizen concerns following a swarm of small earthquakes in the Azle area beginning last November. David Craig Pearson, a Ph.D. geophysicist whose professional experience includes a stint with Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1993 to 2006, starts April 1. The ...

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Editorial: Two positive steps for Railroad Commission

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It’s been two months since the last recorded earthquake in Parker County. The reprieve from seismic activity is welcome, but concerns about recent quakes’ possible cause — wastewater disposal wells tied to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” — still loom large for the Azle residents, who would prefer that shaking, rattling and rolling be reserved for the dance floor. The state’s ...

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Energy gender gap narrows

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SAN ANTONIO — With a shortage of skilled professionals in the oil and gas industry looming, women are entering the field in unprecedented numbers, a change that could help ease the crunch. In the first quarter of 2013, more women than men entered the industry, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show. About 3,900 positions for professionals were added ...

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Company’s promise to provide wind energy raises hopes, eyebrows among city leaders

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Lubbock Power & Light is looking toward 2019 with hopes of increasing the amount of renewable wind energy in its portfolio, and power from what is expected to be the world’s largest wind farm could be part of that effort — though some overseeing the municipal utility are questioning the Hale County project. Members of the Electric Utility Board received ...

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Out of Gas? Company discusses abandoning pipeline

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The possible abandonment of the only natural gas pipeline into the area has local officials working to find a solution to a situation that could stop the supply or significantly increase the cost of gas in the area. Though the official process of abandonment is yet to begin, American Midsteam Partners, owners of the Midla pipeline that runs from Monroe, ...

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As family of 6 recovers from house blast, investigators trace illegal gas hookup

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Five of the six family members — including two toddlers — injured in a house explosion on Detroit’s east side Thursday night are still recovering after suffering severe burns from the fire that leveled the house. Meanwhile Friday, investigators were puzzling out who may have illegally hooked up the stove to a gas line, with suspicions pointing not to the ...

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Earthquakes lead Texas agency to hire seismologist

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  AUSTIN, Texas–AP — A key state agency has hired a seismologist, part of an effort to tackle a sudden increase in earthquakes in areas of Texas with significant oil and gas drilling activities. The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates drilling statewide, announced Friday that it had hired seismologist David Craig Pearson, a former team leader for a Los Alamos National ...

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Oil sector withholds information about rail cargoes, says U.S. Regulator

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By Reuters Media  WASHINGTON – U.S. transport regulators on Friday criticized the oil industry for not sharing important information about the kinds of rail shipments that were involved in a number of recent fiery derailments. In letters with regulators and testimony to lawmakers, leaders of trade groups like the American Petroleum Institute have said since January that they will share results ...

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White House Announces Methane Regulations Overhaul

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John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The Obama administration announced today it would implement new strategies targeted at reducing methane emissions from sources such as landfills, ranches and oil and natural gas extraction. The announcement is the latest in a series of recent plans by the executive branch to begin addressing concerns over climate change without relying on Congress for ...

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