At this morning's TribLive conversation, Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman talked about the economic impact of the state's various shale plays, as well as concerns about the negative effects on roads, water and air quality.Full Story
The Barnett Shale is a rich source of natural gas that spans 5,000 miles beneath at least 18 North Texas counties, stretching west from Dallas to Wichita Falls and south to Waco. Shale is a sedimentary rock made mostly of clay and very fine grains of quartz. The Barnett Shale is an impermeable and nonporous shale that did not ...
In a Texas House Appropriations Committee hearing this morning, natural gas producers fought back against suggestions that a major tax exemption they receive be rolled back.Full Story
The Denton Record-Chronicle, a newspaper in the heart of the Barnett Shale gas-drilling region, has produced a series about "what it means to live in the midst of a modern gas boom" that is worth reading.Full Story
A recently introduced bill would make Texas one of only a few states to require natural gas companies to disclose, for a public website, what chemicals they use in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing.Full Story
Texas' renewed commitment to natural gas comes at a time of sharply increased scrutiny for the gas industry.Full Story
Whoever wins the governor's race in November will face a variety of pressing questions concerning one of the state's biggest industries: energy. Texas is a top producer of natural gas, oil and, more recently, wind power. As things stand now, the state is coping with a federal moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling, bracing for federal action on climate change and other air pollution, preparing for an influx of electric cars and debating whether to enact a mandate for renewable energy sources other than wind. How do Rick Perry and Bill White come down on the issues?Full Story