April 22, 2012 2:14 pm
This Land Is Your Land, Now It's Our Land
In part three of a four-part series on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Terrence Henry of StateImpact Texas, in partnership with StateImpact Oklahoma, reports on the fight over property rights, which has spurred some Texas landowners to take the company building the pipeline to court.
April 21, 2012 3:00 pm
Keystone XL Pipeline: Will Canadian Crude Make it Leak?
This is the second of a four-part collaborative series by StateImpact Texas and Oklahoma on the economic and environmental impact of the Keystone XL pipeline. It would run right through Texas and Oklahoma. Our StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling dissects for us one of its critics' biggest concerns: that the pipeline has a unique risk for rupturing.
April 21, 2012 2:19 pm
Cushing, Oklahoma: From Breakneck To Bottleneck
In part one of a four-part series on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Logan Layden of StateImpact Oklahoma, in partnership with StateImpact Texas, reports from the tip of the pipeline’s southern leg, where tens of millions of barrels of oil are waiting to make their way to Texas refineries.
April 21, 2012 12:10 am
2 Years After BP's Big Spill
It's two years to the day since an explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. For StateImpact Texas, Terrence Henry looks at lessons learned and how the Gulf Coast has recovered.
April 10, 2012 11:30 am
Why Texas Water Planners Worry About Mussels
Finding enough water to meet the needs of Texas has been a big challenge this past year because of the drought. But there's something else that the state's water "planners" are now concerned about. StateImpact Texas reporter, Dave Fehling, tells us about a little creature that lives in texas streams and rivers.
April 3, 2012 11:30 am
Down On The Farm In Texas: Poultry And Pollution
Americans are now eating more chicken than beef or pork. To meet the demand is an industry some have dubbed "big chicken." Texas has become a major player ranking sixth in the nation for poultry production. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling reports why that's raising concerns about something that might surprise you: pollution.
April 1, 2012 6:39 pm
Texas Farmers Watered Crops Knowing They Wouldn't Grow
By mid-summer last year, it was so hot and dry that many West Texas cotton farmers gave up hope of producing a crop. Yet they had to keep watering, pumping from diminishing aquifers like the Ogallala, to claim crop insurance.
March 29, 2012 9:59 pm
Cars Built By Kids Show Future To Better Mileage
In a heavily car dependent city like Houston prices at the pump are important. And as those prices rise, miles per gallon become a major consideration. So if you could get over 2,000 miles to the gallon in a car designed by a kid would you consider it?
March 27, 2012 10:00 am
With Noise Pollution Growing at Sea, A Texas Team Looks for Answers
When you think about pollution in the ocean from oil drilling and shipping, what comes to mind? The wreck of the Exxon Valdez? The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico? Well, it turns out that the oil industry might be harming the world's oceans in other ways that haven’t received much notice until now.
March 26, 2012 11:35 am
How Texas Chases Millions in Oil & Gas Royalties and Why Some Landowners Feel Cheated
Federal regulators say they're considering making companies pay a lot more in royalties on the oil-and-gas extracted from federally-owned land. Here in Texas, land-owners earn billions from those royalties. But StateImpact Texas' Dave Fehling reports on the controversy over whether all that is owed is actually being paid.
March 19, 2012 11:35 am
Roads Killed: Texas Adds Up Damages from Drilling
Drilling for oil and gas has surged in Texas. That's good for the economy, of course, but it's also costing "local governments" and "the State of Texas."
March 15, 2012 9:23 pm
Should We Be Wary Of Natural Gas Cheerleading?
Americans have heard a lot lately about the promise of domestic natural gas reserves. New technology has made it possible to extract enough natural gas to — as some say — power the country for the next 100 years. Here in Texas, gas drilling has meant jobs, money, and a re-invigorated energy industry.
March 13, 2012 11:25 am
Tar Sands to Texas: Will Heavy Crude Mean More Pollution?
A new source of oil is promising to give the United States an extra level of security. It comes from Canada. But critics say it comes with its own, special problems for Texas.
March 9, 2012 9:59 pm
Two Years Later, Study Examines Recovered Area From Oil Spill Damage
Two years after the accident, the BP oil spill continues to affect insects that thrive on coastal salt marshes. A University of Houston biologist examines the results from this ecosystem.
March 5, 2012 5:16 pm
Lots Of Oil & Gas Jobs, But Too Few Workers
Contrary to some reports, manufacturing may not be dead. Once thought to be victims of competition from overseas, jobs that used to be called "blue collar" are now in high demand in some parts of Texas, particularly in Houston. But as StateImpact report Dave Fehling found, at a time of great need, the funding for educating future workers has been cut.
March 4, 2012 1:01 pm
State Climatologist Has Eye on the Sky for Texas
John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas' state climatologist since 2000, has seen his duties explode in the last 18 months amid public clamor for information on the drought.
March 3, 2012 1:06 pm
Rice Farmers Adjust to a Year Without Water
You'll probably be seeing less Texas rice on your plates this year. Late last night the Lower Colorado River Authority decided there wasn't enough water in the Highland Lakes to send water downstream to rice farmers in southeast Texas.
February 28, 2012 8:06 pm
Rep. Green Praises Plan to Build Southern Leg of Keystone XL
Houston-area Congressman Gene Green is hailing TransCanada's decision to push ahead with construction of the southern section of the disputed Keystone XL Pipeline. Keystone has been in limbo since the White House denied it a permit late last year.
February 28, 2012 1:42 pm
What It Would Take to Build More Power Plants
Texas' population is booming. But its electric grid is strained. The threat of rolling blackouts in the summer has become common. The easy answer is building more power plants to produce electricity.
February 27, 2012 9:52 pm
TransCanada: We Want To Build Stand-Alone Segment Of Keystone Pipeline
The Canadian company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the heart of the Midwest and on to the Texas Gulf Coast says it plans to build the second leg of the pipeline first as a stand-alone project.
February 27, 2012 11:30 am
Why Are Gas Prices So High? Speculating About Oil Speculation
If you've filled up lately, we don't need to tell you gas prices are up. But how much of it can be blamed on oil speculators — those big investors who've been accused of manipulating the price of oil just to make a profit? Our StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into what the government is trying to do about them.
February 27, 2012 10:00 am
Knowing The Value Of Water
Despite a wet winter, Texas is far from being drought-free. In fact, water waste is a huge issue with leaking and broken pipes, or excessive watering. One environmental attorney thinks we'd be better off if we had more of a conservation mind set.
February 24, 2012 9:16 pm
Landowners Win Water
A decade-long case settles the question of whether Texas landowners own the groundwater under their property.
February 21, 2012 11:25 am
How Biggest Power Plant In Texas Will Use Pollution To Pump Oil
Texas leads the nation in making and using electricity. Which also means Texas is a leader in the air pollution from all those power plants. But now, there may be a way to reduce some of that pollution by making it disappear — underground.
February 18, 2012 1:00 pm
Keystone Pipeline Sparks Property Rights Backlash
While the White House and Congress continue to hold their ground over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the Canadian company that wants to build it is still using its land seizure powers to get property easements for the ambitious project. And it's causing some hard feelings in a politically conservative patch of Texas.
February 16, 2012 8:24 pm
CenterPoint Breaks Ground In East End
CenterPoint Energy will build a new facility in the East End of Houston to house its regional natural gas services.
February 15, 2012 11:25 am
Waiting For The Next Spicewood Beach
When Spicewood Beach in Burnet County became the first town to run out of water in the current drought, it raised a lot of questions. How could a town perched on the shores of Lake Travis run dry? And which town could be next?
February 14, 2012 7:59 pm
Controlling Iran's Control On Oil
Tensions between Iran and the United States are growing — with Iran threatening to shut down the Strait of Hormuz which carries oil supplies from the Middle East to the rest of the world. One Houston professor suggests a method for diffusing the situation while providing stability to the oil shipping industry.
February 13, 2012 10:03 pm
Keystone Pipeline's Latest Opponents: Texas Landowners
The Keystone pipeline is again under protest in Houston. This time, critics are challenging how the pipeline company is using "eminent domain" to buy property in order to run the pipeline across the state. It would bring crude oil from Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
February 13, 2012 11:25 am
Pipeline Companies Fight For Right To Take Property
The Texas Supreme Court is expected to decide in coming days whether it made a mistake. A big mistake, according to pipeline companies. The court will decide whether to change an opinion it rendered on the rights of land-owners and whether pipeline companies can force their way onto private land.