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Council tightens gas well restrictions

After a final public hearing, the Mansfield City Council on Monday night unanimously approved tighter restrictions on gas well drilling but did not widen the city’s 600-foot minimum separation between gas and oil wells and the public. The 6-0 vote, with Councilman Stephen Lindsey absent, culminates more than a year of public debate over how to protect against nuisance and ...

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War of words escalates on proposed drilling bill


AUSTIN – A bill designed to tighten the state’s control over oil and gas drilling became a war of words Monday with industry leaders praising the legislation for helping to reign in rogue city ordinances while community leaders attacked it for going too far, claiming it would dismantle existing ordinances in at least 300 cities. House Bill 40 would not ...

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ET energy summit set for Monday

Tickets are still available for the 2015 Tyler Area Energy Summit, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Ornelas Activity Center at the University of Texas at Tyler. “We’ve sold about 75 percent of the available tickets,” Jenni Wilson, membership services administrator for the chamber, said. “We have about 100 left, which we’re selling ...

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US drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat

NEW YORK — OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry. Now they are fighting back. Companies are leaning on new techniques and technology to get more oil out of every well they ...

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Train cars hauling methanol derail in central Texas

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VALLEY MILLS, Texas — Texas authorities say a dozen train cars have derailed near Valley Mills, including five tanker cars carrying methanol. Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson says no injuries or fires have been reported from the Saturday evening accident. He says one or two of the methanol-hauling tanks have small leaks. Wilson says about 10 nearby ...

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Nuclear reprocessing plant gets go ahead to expand

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A nuclear materials reprocessing facility called URENCO has been cleared to expand their facility after issuing an environmental assessment. URENCO is located near the Texas-New Mexico border, off of New Mexico Route 176 near the town of Eunice and is approximately 60 miles east of Carlsbad. URENCO is not in anyway related to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, ...

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