News For Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Amid Fracking Boom, Concerns Over Cancer Rates

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A worker untangles a hose at a Fountain Quail water management and treatment facility in Roanoake, Texas. Fountain Quail cleans and separates water used in fracking for natural gas removal.
A worker untangles a hose at a Fountain Quail water management and treatment facility in Roanoake, Texas. Fountain Quail cleans and separates water used in fracking for natural gas removal.

Dramatic increases in oil and gas production, and the drilling technique called fracking, have been tied to elevated levels of air pollution in Texas, stirring concerns over health risks like cancer.

Court: Texas Can Ban Planned Parenthood From WHP

Planned Parenthood supporters rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on March 8, 2011.
Planned Parenthood supporters rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on March 8, 2011.

A federal appeals panel on Tuesday lifted a temporary injunction and ruled that Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program before an October hearing in district court.