Category Archives: Industry news

How to Help the Texas Coast Using GIS

Millions of people have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, and many more are looking for some way to help. Information is needed on the effects of the damage so that officials can move forward with coordinating recovery efforts. Organizations such as GISCorps, … Continue reading

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Texas Railroad Commission Undergoes Review

Earlier this year, for the third time since 2010, the Sunset Advisory Commission of the 85th Texas Legislature has completed its review of the Texas Railroad Commission. It concluded that no major structural changes were necessary but emphasized improvements to … Continue reading

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Wind energy competes for the spotlight

Happy 2016! For those of us in the environmental industry, 2016 has already been a year full of headlines. Some of the more positive headlines however, happened just before the end of 2015. In late December, Texas set a new … Continue reading

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Environmental industry news roundup – August 2015

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded US government seeks to cut methane emissions from oil and gas industry Canada’s Largest Refinery Shifts from Bakken Shale Oil to Brent Crudes Wind Turbine Makers Become Top Stock Performers as Growth Surges … Continue reading

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Gold King Mine Spills Toxic Waste

This past Wednesday, a team of EPA employees entered the Gold King Mine near Durango Colorado. According to CNN, instead of pumping and treating the wastewater within the mine, the EPA team accidentally released the contaminated water into the Animas … Continue reading

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Topographic Maps Through History…and Beyond!

The U.S. Geological Survey and their predecessors have been providing topographic maps of the United States for over 125 years, and have worked to integrate new technologies into their practices along the way. According to their official website, the U.S. … Continue reading

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RI Offshore Wind Project Underway

On Monday, July 27, Deepwater Wind took the first steps toward building North America’s first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind will install the first five offshore North American turbines over the next year off the coast of Rhode Island. This … Continue reading

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BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Expected September 2015

This past March the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new rules on hydraulic fracturing activities on federally managed lands. The BLM oversees and performs regulatory duties on around 700 million subsurface acres of federal mineral estates and 56 … Continue reading

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USGS Study: Water Use in Fracking

Our city of Austin has seen a much wetter summer than many of us expected. That being said, drought and water use continue to be major issues across the country. The USGS recently released a study on water use in … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July!

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July! While you’re winding down the work week, check out a few of our recent tweets from our twitter feed.

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The Vortex: A New Take on Wind Turbines

Find the idea of wind energy appealing? I certainly do. How about the idea of wind energy without the massive blades that currently allow a wind turbine to collect that energy? Sounds like something out of a science fiction novel … Continue reading

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TCEQ Trade Fair and Conference

We will be at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Trade Fair and Conference this year. Please stop by booth #303 and say hello! Carissa Ries carissar@banksinfo.com

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First federal fracking regulations in 30 years

The regulation of hydraulic fracturing has recently been seen as a local and state government issue. After more than 30 years however, the Obama administration has unveiled the nation’s first major federal regulations. According to the Interior Department, the new … Continue reading

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Top Environmental Prose posts from 2014

As we start the new year it is interesting to look back and reflect on last year’s most popular posts here on Environmental Prose. Here are our most viewed posts from last year. How to convert Google KMZ files and … Continue reading

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America’s changing energy landscape

Commercial energy production in the United States has in recent years been a mixture of coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, and wind. Due to advancements in technology and the abundance of natural gas, traditional coal powered plants and nuclear reactors … Continue reading

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