Shale Regulation: Drilled

Pennsylvania levies big fines, but in Texas the gas industry turns frac-fluid disclosure into thin soup.
Peter Gorman
It’s not a good sign, to those who were hoping the Texas Legislature might strengthen regulation of the gas drilling industry, when the only bill that seems to have a chance of passing is now being backed vigorously by the dr...

Caught with a Bass Bill

Geren drops a bill to help build a secretive new arena with tax dollars – after local hoteliers howl.
There has been talk of Fort Worth getting a new rodeo arena for decades now, to take over those duties from the beloved but outmoded Will Roger Coliseum that hosts the main events of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and othe...

Restating the Obvious

A court ruling confirms it: Drilling interests outweigh the public interest – legally – in Texas.
Peter Gorman
Those concerned about the dangers posed to Texas groundwaters by gas drilling waste got bad news a few weeks ago. The state’s highest civil court ruled that the Texas Railroad Commission doesn’t need to consider anything bu...

High-Tech, Low Approval

Many parents at a Keller school want less virtual learning, more real teaching.
It’s not your typical seventh-grade English class: Some kids sit at tables in a classroom, while others lie or sit nearby on an area of carpet, working on assignments on their netbook computers. At the school’s entrance, la...

Fake Pot, Real Penalties

State and federal agencies and legislators are closing in on “herbal” highs.
Stoners like to celebrate their “national pot day” annually on April 20 — based on the notion that police in California used 4-20 as a numeric code decades ago to indicate they were busting marijuana dealers and users.

Dry Holes

Attempts to improve gas drilling regulation are mostly going nowhere in Austin.
Peter Gorman
Gas drilling activists knew it would be an uphill fight this year to win any concessions from a conservative-dominated, business-oriented Texas Legislature, especially given the power of the gas industry lobby.

Chopping from the Top

Proposed school district budget cuts aim at lower-paid workers, skipping most administrators.
“Every time we are asked to make cuts, we start at the bottom, not the top,” said Fort Worth schools trustee Carlos Vasquez. “I have asked that we start at the top, but it never happens. … We are asked instead to cut te...

TRV’s Up a Creek

As the Trinity River Vision moves right along, local communities still aren’t safe from floods.
Layla Caraway wasn’t very political prior to the summer of 2007. The Haltom City resident and her husband had purchased a home in the inner-ring suburb four years before that summer, moving back into the city where she was ra...

Open Season

Would any of those running for Carter Burdette’s council seat bring change?
Incumbents in Fort Worth political races rarely lose. That’s why Fort Worth City Council members largely go unopposed (three races this year fall into that category). The tradition adds to indifference among voters and low tu...

Tough Route to Medical Care

A veteran with health problems is charged with a felony for scary words uttered in a college classroom.
Peter Gorman
Christopher Alan Gillette is in a world of hurt. He’s also in a world of trouble. And they both stem from the same place: The inability of the former U.S. Army soldier to get help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for s...