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
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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
Chilean Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco visited the United States earlier this month to meet with Obama administration energy officials and members of Houston’s energy community. At a breakfast hosted by the University of Texas, he explained that his country has fewer fossil fuel resources than its Latin American neighbors and that, to compensate, it is… Full Story
At the moment, the water issues the Texas legislature appears likeliest to take up in its 2015 session involve groundwater. In exploring potential groundwater policies – whether aimed at brackish groundwater production, aquifer storage and recovery, or some other subject area – it will have to contend with an outdated governance regime that makes the… Full Story