Category Archives: Environment

World’s Oldest Water Found in Earth’s Crust

There’s more of it than was thought deep in the earth’s crust. Scientists studying Canadian, South African and Scandinavian mines, respectively, have arrived at this discovery. There’s more of it than previously speculated (2.5 cubic miles), and it also has … Continue reading

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Texas drilling more urban than we think

Amid Tension, Texas Mulls Oversight of Urban Drilling by Jim Malewitz, The Texas Tribune Dec. 18, 2014 Turns out, oil and gas drilling makes some city slickers cranky.  The Railroad Commission of Texas is mulling how to beef up oversight of … Continue reading

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TX Panhandle Gets a New Tract of Public Land

South of Lubbock, an approximately 15-square-mile parcel of land has been designated a piece of public land. Public lands are protected from development, sprawl, and cultivation in order to preserve the natural landscape.In addition, two other tracts, both down in … Continue reading

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DuPont Says Plant Leaked 23,000 Pounds of Toxic Gas

DuPont Says Plant Leaked 23,000 Pounds of Toxic Gas by Jim Malewitz, The Texas Tribune Nov. 29, 2014 About 23,000 pounds of a flammable, foul-smelling toxic gas leaked from the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte where four workers died … Continue reading

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Halliburton Reaches Modest Settlement in Gulf Oil Spill

Halliburton has settled at $1.1 billion in damages to citizens, local governments and businesses that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. In a statement later on Tuesday, Halliburton said, “An agreement denies liability; it is not an admission … Continue reading

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Another Plastic Island in South Atlantic

The Terrifying True Story of the Garbage That Could Kill the Human Race Where does plastic go? It never leaves completely. Pieces of plastic from almost 100 years ago are still floating in our oceans in some form. A new … Continue reading

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Texas Bullet Train in the Works

http://www.texastribune.org/2014/08/18/bullet-train-could-change-everything/# The Bullet Train That Could Change Everything by Aman Batheja and Stephen J. Smith, The Texas Tribune Aug. 18, 2014 For years, the Japanese company behind the world’s first and busiest high-speed rail system has been itching to enter … Continue reading

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Is anyone else amused that sharks are eating the Internet?

All this time I thought that human hubris would bring down the Internet eventually, but alas, it’s being consumed by something much cooler: sharks. Sharks are eating the undersea cables that connect our modern world. There are a lot of … Continue reading

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Pumping Water From Lake Meredith Once More

In Panhandle, a Growing Need for a Shallow Lake’s Water by Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune Aug. 8, 2014 In a sign of just how strapped the Texas Panhandle and South Plains are for water supplies, water systems in the … Continue reading

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Northern New Mexico an enchanting green spot, getting most rain in Southwest

Amarillans have always flocked to the Enchanted Circle (I.e. Eagle Nest, Red River, Taos) of New Mexico for summer vacations. Now is a good time to go. The area is getting more rain than the rest of the Southwest. Places … Continue reading

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