A worker hooks up pipe during drilling in the Barnett Shale near Fort Worth, Texas in 2012. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

A worker hooks up pipe during drilling in the Barnett Shale near Fort Worth, Texas in 2012. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

$3 Million Awarded to North Texas Family in Fracking Lawsuit

A Texas family that sued a drilling company was awarded close to three million dollars this week by a Dallas County jury. The decision is being called a landmark one by people opposed to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” and touted as a first by the plaintiffs’ legal team.

“The fracking industry has really just taken off in the last three or four years. So really this is a new problem to the extent that we’re seeing cases now that are getting a verdict,” David Mathews, a lawyer representing the Parr family, tells StateImpact Texas.


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La Llorona

Known as “La Llorona” in Mexican folklore, the ghost of the wailing woman haunts rivers, creaks and streets, depending on who you ask. This popular myth has been told by countless generations of Mexican families and continues to endure to … Continue reading

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State regulators blame big spikes in emissions to "upsets" at a few facilities like this one in Houston in 2012. (Dave Fehling/StateImpact)

State regulators blame big spikes in emissions to "upsets" at a few facilities like this one in Houston in 2012. (Dave Fehling/StateImpact)

Texas Pollution Worsens as Budget Shrinks for Regulators

With budgets already reduced and with more cuts on the way, federal environmental regulators are expected to be doing fewer inspections of industries that pollute. And if state environmental regulators were expected to take up the slack, many of them — including those in Texas —- are dealing with budget cuts of their own.


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Heavier truck traffic in the booming Permian Basin has authorities looking for solutions to keep the roads safe (TxDOT)

Heavier truck traffic in the booming Permian Basin has authorities looking for solutions to keep the roads safe (TxDOT)

Traffic Fatalities Still Rising as Authorities Explore Solutions

If you follow local headlines in Midland-Odessa, it seems like there’s a fatal car crash every couple of days.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the oil-booming Permian Basin saw a 13 percent increase in roadside deaths from 2012-2013. Last week, a victims’ rights coalition in Midland held a panel discussion on how to deal with the region’s increasingly dangerous roads.


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John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste. (David Bowser)

John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste. (David Bowser)

Court Thwarts Sierra Club’s Radioactive Waste Challenge

A state appeals court has thwarted a challenge to a low-level radioactive waste disposal site in West Texas – a ruling that signals growing difficulties for those trying to scrutinize the decisions of Texas environmental regulators.

Depending on whom you ask, such a trend would either rightly save companies time and money or unjustly bar citizens from fully sharing their environmental concerns.


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A worker hooks up pipe during drilling in the Barnett Shale near Fort Worth, Texas in 2012. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
State regulators blame big spikes in emissions to "upsets" at a few facilities like this one in Houston in 2012. (Dave Fehling/StateImpact)
Heavier truck traffic in the booming Permian Basin has authorities looking for solutions to keep the roads safe (TxDOT)
John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste. (David Bowser)
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Seed Germination

As the weather continues to warm, we continue to look at the process of spring renewal and this week we focus on seeds. A seed is an embryonic plant, usually with its own source of nutrition, and surrounded by an … Continue reading

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Today at 3 PM: Interview With London Art Curator Pujan Gandhi

Pujan Gandhi will give a talk and presentation on the London art scene and the dynamics of the art world and market. Pujan Gandhi has assisted in the curatorial departments of the British Museum, Middlebury College Museum of Art, High Museum of Art and other galleries in New York and Mumbai.

He will be speaking tonight from 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. the Turner Memorial Art Gallery in the Museum of the Southwest.

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A jointly-owned oil rig atop the Eagle Ford shale south of San Antonio. (Larissa Liska)

Giddy Up! Now You Can Buy Your Very Own Oil Well

From the first geyser to burst from the salt domes of Spindletop to the Texas fracking pioneer George Mitchell, who helped unlock massive oil and gas deposits in shale, the Lone Star State has always been willing to gamble on drilling. And the bets are big. The latest boom has been mostly the work of companies and investors with access to plenty of capital — it’s estimated each oil well in the Eagle Ford shale of South Texas costs between $5 and $10 million to drill.

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Celebration of the Arts on Saturday in Downtown Midland

The Arts Council of Midland holds its annual festival on Saturday (April 5) in downtown Midland. It’s known as Celebration of the Arts.

KXWT News spoke to Executive Director Danny Holeva about its 31st year of artistic exhibitions, workshops, and demonstrations. Click above for the radio report.

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Gap in the border wall, Fort Hancock, Texas & El Porvenir, Chihuahua (KXWT Photo, Lorne Matalon).

Confrontation In Arizona Between Mexican Soldiers, Border Patrol Confirmed

Two camouflaged Mexican soldiers crossed into Arizona in January, touching off a standoff with U.S. Border Patrol agents. Both sides drew their weapons before the the Mexican soldiers were detained.

It happened on Jan. 26, prompting a half-hour standoff 2.5 miles west of the Port of Entry at Sasabe, Ariz. After repeated denials that the Mexicans were military personnel, Mexico now says they were indeed soldiers, adding the pair was in pursuit of drug traffickers.

Richard A. Serrano and Tracy Wilkinson of the Los Angeles Times broke this story. They obtained documents outlining what took place and confirmed the veracity of the documents.

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