Abbott, Davis Oil and Gas Records Show Contrast

Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis have sparred over education. The issues of officeholder ethics and equal pay have also surfaced.

But in the head-to-head battle for Texas governor that began well before each party officially nominated its candidates, neither Abbott, the state’s Republican attorney general, nor Davis, a Democratic state senator, has paid much attention to the earth-fracturing elephant in state government: the state’s rapid growth in oil and gas production.

As Texas deals with a drilling boom that has brought a windfall to its coffers but has also strained services and raised environmental concerns, Abbott and Davis have concentrated ...

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