Earlier this month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallon created a new entity – the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity—to connect legislators with researchers exploring the relationship between seismicity and hydraulic fracturing. The month before, a resident of Prague – a small town about 60 miles due east of Oklahoma City – filed a complaint in state… Full Story
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Last week, Judge Carl Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana issued an opinion in the first phase of the trial over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which remains the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history The court had previously split the trial into three phases. The first was conducted between February and April 2013… Full Story
Over 30 earthquakes jolted the area in and around the City of Azle, Texas —20 miles north of Fort Worth—last November through January. In response to citizen concerns, the Texas House Committee on Energy Resources created a Subcommittee on Seismic Activity, to investigate whether there was a link between earthquakes and increased oil and gas… Full Story
Fifteen years ago Congress passed the Data Access Act, requiring public access to all federally funded research data used in agency decision-making. The Data Access Act, implemented by OMB Circular A-110, requires federal agencies to provide underlying research data in federally funded research that is the subject of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. … Full Story
This summer, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) proposed a rule to implement the state’s new $2 billion water infrastructure financing scheme. The statutory framework governing the scheme is elaborate but, as is often the case with legislative enactments, somewhat general in parts, leaving many key decisions to the TWDB. The proposed rule fills in… Full Story