Last month, Senate Republicans joined their Democratic counterparts in approving legislation acknowledging that “climate change is real and not a hoax.” Senators could not, however, agree on its cause, with two measures attributing climate change to human activity failing to pass. In stark contrast, across the Atlantic, political leaders in the United Kingdom (U.K.) have… Full Story
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The lesser prairie chicken – a mid-sized, brown and white striped bird inhabiting the southern Great Plains – has become a symbol of the growing tension between energy development and species conservation. Recent increases in oil and gas drilling, wind energy production, and other human activities impacting the lesser prairie chickens’ habitat has led to… Full Story
As in previous years, domestic energy production was again highlighted in President Obama’s sixth State of the Union Address. Speaking before a joint session of Congress last Tuesday, the President declared that “America is number one in oil and gas. America is number one in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much… Full Story
In mid-western Hays County, a groundwater war is escalating. A private water supplier, with goals to pipe and sell close to 6,000 acre feet of water per year has strategically located a well field in an area of the Hill Country where the Trinity Aquifer is unregulated. Unlike the more recent groundwater controversies involving decisions… Full Story
Barely a week into the new year, a myriad of new regulations have already been proposed for the oil and gas industry. This is hardly surprising given widespread concern about the rise in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) – whereby water, mixed with sand and chemicals, is injected underground at high pressure to release oil and gas… Full Story