Posts Tagged ‘state’

Is the Trans-Texas Corridor Playing Dead?

Static
During this election season, Gov. Rick Perry is trying to win votes in part by hinting that, per the loudly stated wishes of the people, he’s letting go of at least a portion of his grand dream of a Trans-Texas Corridor toll ...


Upsetting the Apple Cart

Challengers could shake up the Fort Worth school board.
BY BETTY BRINK, PHOTOS BY MATTHEW BLAKE
Fort Worth school board members currently up for re-election will tell you that after years of struggle and scandal there are now more things right with this district than wrong. Credit goes to Superintendent Melody Johnson, no...



Private Prisons, Public Pain

Despite a long record of abuses, GEO is still running Texas prisons.
Peter Gorman
Reeves County straddles I-20 in West Texas, between Odessa and El Paso. Pecos is the county seat, anchored in cowboy mythology. Tiny homes, many of them 100 years old and made of stone, line several dozen downtown streets; beyo...


Pandora’s Wells

Do you know what's going down that disposal well near you?
GAYLE REAVES
In 2006, with drillers poking gas wells into the Barnett Shale beneath Fort Worth as fast as they could get mineral leases signed, Fort Worth granted a permit for the first well in this city of another kind – a hole not f...



The Candidate

Static
You have to hand it to Gov. Rick Perry: If he or his handlers identify a vote-getting trend, they are on it like white on rice. With a hairstyle already made for Hollywood, is it any wonder that his political style is reminisce...


Got Gas?

It's time to act to protect our health.
Kendall McCook
A year and a half ago, around the time four gas wells were being drilled in my Southside neighborhood, I was driving down Berry Street past Riverside Drive when my eyesight blurred. At first I wasn’t alarmed; I figured it...



As Smoke Goes By

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Yes, folks, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is shocked to find there is gambling going on in this establishment. The “establishment” here, of course, is the whole Barnett Shale play, and gambling is wh...


The Quality of the Test

JEFF PRINCE
Question: When does air quality testing not clear the air?



The Nightmare Underground

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A group that the Associated Press has called a “green dream team” of policy experts and scientists has concluded that the future is anything but green for groundwater resources in many parts of our country, thanks t...


Parsing the Record

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The Texas Railroad Commission didn’t respond in time to get their comments in last week’s cover story on environmental threats and strategies in shale drilling (“Greening the Gas Field?” Jan. 6, 2010). (...