fracking http://kut.org en Town Hall Tonight Will Take on North Texas Earthquakes http://kut.org/post/town-hall-tonight-will-take-north-texas-earthquakes <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=202293095463227667841.0004eae9ecc094d206461&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=32.949911,-97.580566&amp;spn=0.201669,0.292511&amp;z=11&amp;output=embed" width="560"></iframe><br /><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Residents around </span><a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/eagle_mountain/" style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5;">Eagle Mountain Lake</a><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"> outside of Fort Worth have had a shaky few months. Dozens of small earthquakes have struck the area out of the blue. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is not known as a place that’s prone to earthquakes. In fact, before 2007, there were no recorded earthquakes in the area. Since then, there have been hundreds.</span></p><div class="post-33439 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-industry tag-earthquake tag-railroad-commission-of-texas clearfix post-content first last" id="post-33439" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; vertical-align: baseline; zoom: 1; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/topic/earthquake/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">Studies&nbsp;</a>of other swarms of earthquakes to the south in Johnson County and around the Dallas-Fort Worth airport have shown disposal wells to be the culprit, where wastewater from oil and gas drilling is injected deep underground. Inject enough wastewater, at the right pressure, and it can cause quiet faults to slip, resulting in earthquakes.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:30:44 +0000 Terrence Henry 9473 at http://kut.org Texas Water Shortages Could Put Limit on Fracking http://kut.org/post/texas-water-shortages-could-put-limit-fracking <p>Shortages of water could limit the growth of fracking in Texas, according to a report from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ceres.org/">Ceres</a>, a nonprofit group that advises investors about corporations’ sustainability practices.</p><p>Monika Freyman, who wrote the report for Ceres, says that fracking accounts for more than 20 percent of the water used in some Texas counties.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 22:59:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7596 at http://kut.org Texas Water Shortages Could Put Limit on Fracking Tea Party Fights Republicans Over Texas' Rainy Day Fund http://kut.org/post/tea-party-fights-republicans-over-texas-rainy-day-fund <p>There’s a debate right now over what Texas lawmakers should do with the money in the <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/tribpedia/rainy-day-fund/">Rainy Day Fund</a>. The fund was set up in the 1980s to smooth out the differences from times of oil boom and bust.</p><p>Some see now as a boom time, because of the growth of energy production from <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/hydraulicfracturing">hydraulic fracturing</a>, or "fracking," but others see the threat of&nbsp;stormy times ahead.</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 01:03:49 +0000 Trey Shaar 7368 at http://kut.org Tea Party Fights Republicans Over Texas' Rainy Day Fund Lege Weighs Frackers' Water Needs http://kut.org/post/legislature-weighs-frackers-water-needs <p>Fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has opened up huge deposits of oil and gas in Texas and other parts of the county. It’s brought plenty of jobs</span>&nbsp;–&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">and profits</span>&nbsp;–&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">to the state. But it also requires something Texas has in short supply these days: water.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:12:00 +0000 Terrence Henry 6594 at http://kut.org Lege Weighs Frackers' Water Needs Texas Watches State of the Union with an Eye on Energy http://kut.org/post/texas-watches-state-union-eye-energy <p>Even before the President’s State of the Union Address was over last night, some environmental and renewable energy groups were sending out congratulatory emails.</p><p>“We thank President Obama for his leadership” read one from the <a href="http://www.seia.org/">Solar Energy Industries Association</a>. The speech outlined “clean energy solutions”&nbsp; said the group <a href="http://www.environmenttexas.org/">Environment Texas</a>.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:26:06 +0000 Mose Buchele 6574 at http://kut.org Texas Watches State of the Union with an Eye on Energy Lawmakers Focus on Eagle Ford Shale http://kut.org/post/lawmakers-focus-eagle-ford-shale <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the latest report on state sales tax revenues, some towns are reporting huge increases in sales tax collections. </span></p><p>Asherton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, for example, saw its January sales tax grow by 191 percent. </span>Asherton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is near the Eagle Ford Shale, an area being transformed by the oil and gas drilling boom. </span></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 23:42:38 +0000 Mose Buchele 6496 at http://kut.org Lawmakers Focus on Eagle Ford Shale East Texas Quakes Related to Oil and Gas Drilling? http://kut.org/post/east-texas-quakes-related-oil-and-gas-drilling <p>Some people in the small East Texas town of <a href="http://www.cityoftimpson.com/">Timpson</a> are wondering if oil and gas drilling disposal wells are causing earthquakes in the area. The town registered its third earthquake in a week yesterday afternoon.</p><p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:35:24 +0000 Terrence Henry & Nathan Bernier 6443 at http://kut.org East Texas Quakes Related to Oil and Gas Drilling? Scientists Close to Testing Tracers for Drilling Fluid http://kut.org/post/scientists-close-testing-tracers-drilling-fluid <p></p><div><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">As the debate over the safety of </span>fracking<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;"> continues between politicians, environmentalists and oil companies, some scientists may have found a way to test the drilling procedure.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Dave Fehling, StateImpact Texas 6279 at http://kut.org Scientists Close to Testing Tracers for Drilling Fluid Drilling Regulators Tight-Lipped on Fracking Quakes http://kut.org/post/drilling-regulators-tight-lipped-fracking-quakes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The science linking oil and gas drilling activity and earthquakes has been established for decades. And with the current boom in domestic drilling, more earthquakes are happening and states are taking action to fight them. But not in Texas, where the most drilling is taking place. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:31:00 +0000 Mose Buchele 6242 at http://kut.org Drilling Regulators Tight-Lipped on Fracking Quakes Top Stories of 2012: Fracking Rattles Texas http://kut.org/post/top-stories-2012-fracking-rattles-texas <p></p><p>2012 was a <a href="file://localhost/Overly%20attached%20girlfriend,%20Kony%202012,%20Gangnam%20Style/%20In%20rapid-fire%202012,%20memes'%20half-life%20fell%20to%20a%20quarter.%20http/::bit.ly:VgEfXG">banner year for renewable energy</a>. But in Texas and across the county, one energy story captured public attention like none other: fracking.</p><p>Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a drilling practice used to extract natural gas from hard-to-reach deposits. Hydraulic fracturing fluid is pumped deep into underground wells to break up natural gas deposits. The fluid is then removed, and deposited into disposal wells, while the gas deposits are collected.</p><p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:07:21 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5983 at http://kut.org Top Stories of 2012: Fracking Rattles Texas Review Finds Conflict of Interest in Fracking Study (Update) http://kut.org/post/review-finds-conflict-interest-fracking-study-update <p><strong>Update and correction</strong>:&nbsp;In a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.utexas.edu/news/2012/12/06/university-accepts-shale-gas-development-report/">press release</a>, UT announced that&nbsp;​Dr. Raymond&nbsp;Orbach&nbsp;had “resigned.” It did not say, however, that&nbsp;Orbach&nbsp;will be staying at UT as a tenured professor. Orbach has only resigned as head of the Energy&nbsp;Institute, effective Dec. 31. This post has since been corrected.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Original post</strong>: One University of Texas professor has retired and another has stepped down from a leadership role after a review found a conflict of interest in a controversial report on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”</p><p>As KUT News&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/recent-report-adds-fuel-fracking-debate">previously reported</a>,&nbsp;the report&nbsp;from the&nbsp;<a href="http://energy.utexas.edu/">UT Energy Institute</a>, “Separating Fact From Fiction in Shale Gas Development,” stated that fracking, when executed properly, doesn’t contaminate groundwater. But StateImpact Texas reported that the study's leader&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/07/24/texas-professor-on-the-defensive-over-fracking-money/">failed to disclose financial ties</a> to the drilling industry, including a seat on the board of a drilling company. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:58:32 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5842 at http://kut.org Review Finds Conflict of Interest in Fracking Study (Update) Another Texas Earthquake in Fracking Hot Spot http://kut.org/post/another-texas-earthquake-fracking-hot-spot <p>A small quake rattled the Fort Worth area last night – the latest North Texas quake to occur in proximity to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” sites and their disposal wells.</p><p>Fracking is the practice of pumping hydraulic fracturing fluid into wells to break up and extract oil shale and natural gas deposits.&nbsp; <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas">StateImpact Texas</a> writes that “while it’s difficult to link any individual quake to a specific cause, North Texas has seen a significant uptick in seismic events since hydraulic fracturing technology opened up the area to widespread oil and gas drilling.”</p><p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:24:21 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5693 at http://kut.org Another Texas Earthquake in Fracking Hot Spot Weekend Dallas Earthquakes Occur in Fracking Hot Spot http://kut.org/post/weekend-dallas-earthquakes-occur-fracking-hot-spot <p></p><p>A series of small earthquakes in the Dallas region over the weekend are reviving discussion of the link between quakes and the oil and gas industry practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”</p><p>Fracking is the practice of pumping hydraulic fracturing fluid into wells to break up and extract oil shale and natural gas deposits. Just how fracking is linked to earthquakes is a hot topic around the country, Texas especially.</p><p><em><a href="http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2012/09/north-texas-gets-a-late-night-saturday-rumble-as-3-4-magnitude-earthquake-is-recorded-near-irving.html/">The Dallas Morning News </a></em><a href="http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2012/09/north-texas-gets-a-late-night-saturday-rumble-as-3-4-magnitude-earthquake-is-recorded-near-irving.html/">reports</a> two quakes rattled the Dallas region on Saturday, followed <a href="http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2012/10/you-may-not-have-felt-it-but-yes-there-was-a-2-1-magnitude-quake-last-night-not-far-from-university-of-dallas.html/">by another quake</a> on Sunday. Both quakes were in the <a href="https://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/tag/barnett-shale/">Barnett Shale</a>, which is rich in natural gas.</p><p><a href="https://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/tag/earthquake/">StateImpact Texas writes</a> that it’s not the actual act of fracking itself that leads to earthquakes, but rather the disposal of the fracking fluid remaining after the process, which is usually shot into disposal wells deep underground.</p><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:15:38 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5209 at http://kut.org Weekend Dallas Earthquakes Occur in Fracking Hot Spot Panel Appointed to Review Controversial Fracking Study http://kut.org/post/panel-appointed-review-controversial-fracking-study <p>The University of Texas at Austin has put together a panel of three experts to review a professor&rsquo;s disputed study on hydraulic fracking.</p><p>UT professor <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/recent-report-adds-fuel-fracking-debate">Charles Groat&rsquo;s study</a> stated there&rsquo;s little or no evidence that fracking&rsquo;s connected with groundwater contamination. But the results of the study came into question after a watchdog group noted Groat has received money from <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/outside-review-controversial-fracking-study" target="_blank">a company that does fracking</a>.</p><p>StateImpact Texas <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/08/15/review-panel-announced-for-controversial-fracking-study-chaired-by-former-oil-executive/" target="_blank">shares the make up</a> of the panel:</p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:54:01 +0000 Laura Rice 4883 at http://kut.org Panel Appointed to Review Controversial Fracking Study Outside Review for Controversial Fracking Study http://kut.org/post/outside-review-controversial-fracking-study <p>A University of Texas study disputing connections between the oil and gas industry practice of fracking and groundwater contamination is receiving new scrutiny, with the revelation the study&rsquo;s leader failed to disclose significant financial ties to a drilling company that engages in the practice.</p><p>As KUT News <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/recent-report-adds-fuel-fracking-debate">reported in February</a>, <a href="http://energy.utexas.edu/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=151&amp;Itemid=160">the report</a>&nbsp;from the&nbsp;<a href="http://energy.utexas.edu/">UT Energy Institute</a>, &ldquo;Separating Fact From Fiction in Shale Gas Development,&rdquo; stated that fracking, when executed properly, doesn&rsquo;t contaminate groundwater. However, contamination may occur as the result of above ground spills or mishandling of wastewater.</p><p>StateImpact Texas, a joint reporting partnership of KUT News and NPR, has followed the story. On Monday, highlighting a report from watchdog group &nbsp;<a href="http://public-accountability.org/">Public Accountablitiy Initiative</a>, it reported study leader <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/directory/faculty/charles-groat">Charles &ldquo;Chip&rdquo; Groat</a> had extensive industry ties:</p><p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:00:50 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4755 at http://kut.org Outside Review for Controversial Fracking Study