KUT Morning Newspod January 26th, 2012
Ups and Downs of a Fracking Boom
President Obama’s State of the Union Address this week called for an “all of the above” energy strategy – one that focuses both on renewables and drilling for new sources of oil and gas. There’s plenty of that drilling going on in Texas, and it’s fueled by the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Some places are banning it out of fear it could damage the environment. But in South Texas, fracking is taking off. For StateImpact Texas, Dave Fehling reports on the new wave of drilling in the state.
Spicewood Beach Out of Water
The community of Spicewood Beach, about forty miles northwest of Austin, is just days away from running out of water. That’s according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Wells have dropped so low that only the most “essential” water use is allowed. KUT’s Andy Uhler went to Spicewood Beach and spoke to the people who live there.
Politifact Texas: Did Perry Request 1200 Earmarks?
KUT’s Nathan Bernier checks in with Gardener Selby of the Austin-American Statesma’s Politifact Texas about charges that Perry requested 1200 earmarks as Governor of Texas.