Slip through the right series of loopholes and it can be perfectly legal to inject benzene into oil wells. Naturally, drillers in Texas figured this out thousands of gallons of benzene ago. Using data disclosed by the oil industry, a new report calculates all the benzene that is legally going into ... More >>
Regulation of the mysterious chemicals used in fracking fluid used in drilling for oil and gas has been pretty much off limits to the Environmental Protection Agency ever since Congress in 2005 stripped the EPA of its authority to regulate fracking fluid under the Safe Drinking Water Act. In a meag ... More >>
Whoa. Wait up. Take five. Let's take another look at that Wallace Hall narrative. He's the University of Texas regent from Dallas who is supposed to be a crazy, nuts, Tea Party, Rick-Perry-buddy, off-the-wall, Neanderthal education-hater who needs to be impeached, criminally prosecuted and generall ... More >>
America’s fracking gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation.
How greedy speculators bought politicians and drove up the price of oil.
The food industry has for decades leaned on an inexpensive and natural thickening agent: guar gum. It builds viscosity in ice cream, dressing, baked goods, and other foods you've likely eaten it in the past week (as well as makeup, explosives, and other things you probably haven't eaten, ever). In ... More >>
Steve Lipsky's epic battle and what it means for the future of fracking.
KBR, Inc., the massive and controversial Houston-based wartime contractor that has landed billions in military contracts for erecting base camps and supplying fuel for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will have to convince a federal judge in Dallas that race and religion had nothing to do wi ... More >>
Rep. Dennis BonnenAmid these "late nights and high feelings" of the tail end of the 82nd Texas Legislature, House lawmakers took a little time to pay the bills yesterday, tying up one last niggling loophole that was letting property owners sue polluters that were contaminating their land. As it ... More >>
The Dallas case is one of many attorney Todd Kelly has brought against Halliburton.A Dallas woman filed suit against Halliburton last week claiming she was fired after her supervisors learned she was pregnant. In court documents filed on December, 21, Lynda Darden alleges she was fired in the sum ... More >>
Earlier today, a Friend of Unfair Park sent the most curious heads-up: Something called LIG Assets Inc., a real-estate and oil-and-gas company fronted by an investor named Jeff Love, says it's going to rehab the Statler Hilton Hotel across from Main Street Garden. Love says on the LIG site that h ... More >>
If you must protest, at least provide a decent soundtrack -- today's has Nathan Berg, at top, and the Halliburton(s) Might be a little commotion and congestion around Dealey Plaza this afternoon, beginning around 4: There's a "Five Years TOO Long" peace rally scheduled till 6:30 p.m. -- though, trut ... More >>
Breaking out of the pack of Iraq war docs, No End in Sight devastates
Just what the heck's going on at 700 N. Pearl St., Suite 510? That's the question many folks are asking, as help-wanted ads like this one, this one and many others found in the Detroit Free Press, of all places, list an address but no employer's name. This has been going on for several months, turns ... More >>
During his latest wheelings and dealings, T. Boone Pickens said no to coal. (Which makes Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, very happy on The Huffington Post today in an anti-coal piece datelined Dallas.) But Pickens also said yes to Halliburton (and a bunch of other stuff). Actually, ... More >>
Illustration by Brian Stauffer One morning in March, the world's forces of globalization, migration and economic inequity collided in a split second on the balcony of a Best Western in the Panhandle. There, bubbling away outside the doors of three motel rooms, was a line of Crock-Pots. Beside one ... More >>
So after six months in Texas, last week I officially had my strangest experience yet. Dallas Observer business took me to the Panhandle, where I got to stay in the lovely little highway town of Dumas. Like nearby Sunray, home to the world's largest grain elevator (holds 7 million bushels, locals pro ... More >>
In little Talco, certain lines were sharply drawn. Railroad tracks literally separated black from white in this rural East Texas town. And on the black side, you had a further division, of darkness and light. Darkness: The men, plus a few sad-faced women, who gathered to drink whiskey and beer under ... More >>
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Cheney shoots, Buzz scores
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The Burning Question crew's year in review
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