Author Archives: Carissa Ries

83rd Texas Legislature: Pending bills would regulate water use in fracking operations

  We all need water to survive, and so does the Texas economy. As the population grows alongside the booming oil and gas industry, water issues have come to the forefront to stay. The process of hydraulic fracturing, which is … Continue reading

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Unprecedented water shortage in Wichita Falls, Texas

  The Texas Tribune published an article this week on extreme water shortages in Wichita Falls, Texas. Last month lake levels dropped significantly, prompting Stage 3 water restrictions, and the city is expected to implement Stage 4 restrictions by the … Continue reading

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BP on trial for Deepwater Horizon disaster

The federal trial against BP and its partners started Monday in New Orleans. The first phase of the trial will determine whether the oil companies were grossly negligent in causing the Deepwater Horizon well blowout and oil spill of 2010, … Continue reading

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USGS Energy Resources Program establishes national data archive

  In accordance with provisions stipulated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the USGS Energy Resources Program conducts research, compiles data, and provides information about energy resources in the United States. Provisions of the bill established the National Geological … Continue reading

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EPA releases update on study of hydraulic fracturing

  As the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) technologies has increased in the United States, so have concerns about its impacts on human health and the environment. In response, the US Congress has requested the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to … Continue reading

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Interview with J.B. Bleckley – founder of Banks Environmental Data

  The Banks Group has been in business now for over 30 years. I recently had an opportunity to sit down with J.B. Bleckley – founder, president, and CEO of Banks Environmental Data – to talk about how the company … Continue reading

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Oil sheen spotted near BP Deepwater Horizon drill rig

  Using satellite images to monitor the Deepwater Horizon drill rig that exploded over two years ago, BP spotted a previously undetected oil sheen on September 16. When the sheen was first discovered, the source was unknown. Monitoring the sheen … Continue reading

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Part 2: Department of Energy releases 2012 Unconventional Resources R&D Plan

  This week I’ll dig a little deeper into the recent Department of Energy report to Congress: 2012 Annual Plan Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research Program. The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 set in … Continue reading

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Department of Energy releases 2012 Unconventional Resources R&D Plan

  Last week, the US Department of Energy submitted the 2012 Annual Unconventional Resources R&D Plan to Congress. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to read the 200+ page document, I’ve provided a few highlights for you here. The … Continue reading

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Historical cattle dipping vats in Florida

  In early 20th century, Florida farmers were required by law to dip livestock into vats of chemical solution to control or eradicate cattle fever tick. The chemical composition of the vat solutions varied, but arsenic, DDT, and other pesticides … Continue reading

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Groundwater contamination and remediation in Texas

  Order a water well database report. When groundwater is contaminated in the state of Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has 30 days to notify owners and users of private drinking water wells that may be affected … Continue reading

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