Paul Friberg can't say whether the earthquakes that shook North Texas on Saturday, Sunday and Monday were caused by fracking. He says that there are only a handful of instances in the world in which an earthquake strong enough to be felt -- as all three of the recent quakes were -- has been definiti ... More >>
The shaking around Azle and Reno, which I will hereafter refer to as "San Andreas MInor," has attracted the attention of the U.S. Geological Survey precisely because the area has almost no record of seismic activity. A few studies, including one recently from SMU, point to correlation between the ep ... More >>
So far, none of the two dozen earthquakes recorded in North Texas since the start of November have caused any serious damage. The Eagle Mountain Lake Dam is fine. Homes and businesses are intact, save for the occasional hairline crack. No one has been hurt. There's no guarantee that won't change as ... More >>
Just as the Dallas City Council shot down an energy company's plans to drill for gas in the city limits, a new study raises further questions about the role energy exploration plays in small earthquakes shaking up Texas. Earlier research has linked quakes to the disposal of fracking fluid. So Cliff ... More >>
Environmental activists, in spite of the lobbying of the energy industry and some sleight of hand by city staff, appear to be winning the fracking debate. The City Plan Commission has twice denied Trinity East Energy permits to drill on city parkland it leased for $19 million. Last week, it effectiv ... More >>
Animal breeders square off against Texas.
Thirty years ago, no one in the U.S. knew what the hell a zebra mussel was. Five years back, the stories of the damage they can wreak on municipal water systems and aquatic ecosystems were still a fairy tale for Texans. Fifteen months ago, wildlife officials remained confident that the threat was co ... More >>
Last summer, as the Dallas City Council was briefed on the ins and outs of bringing heavy, industrial processes into a densely populated, urban area, industry boosters like Ed Ireland of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council assured council members we would know in virtually all cases what was ... More >>
America’s fracking gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation.
In this week's print edition, staff writer Anna Merlan provides a handy guide to natural-gas drilling debate in Dallas. Read on for a primer, a glossary of terms, a look at the opponents and supporters and a special fracking board game! Important civic issues have a way of sneaking up on you. They ... More >>
Like a good neighbor, State Farm wants to insure Johnson County homeowners against fracking-related earthquake damage. Cleburne, aka Lil' San Andreas, has experienced a string of quakes this summer. Which is weird because, before 2008, the area had absolutely zero history of seismic activity. State ... More >>
A Friend of Unfair Park dispatches this report from the U.S. Geological Survey: My near-neck of Northwest Dallas had itself a teensy-tiny earthquake in the wee small hours of the morning -- at 12:11:49, to be precise. As in: "Magnitude 2.0." Or, as Matt Peterson calls it, a "microquake." Which, I ... More >>
Click to enlarge a map of the Trinity River Basin, courtesy the U.S. Geological Survey StateImpact Texas is a National Public Radio-KUT Austin-KUHF Houston joint dedicated to environmental issues. This morning, reporter Dave Fehling out of Houston looked at the water coming out of his tap and won ... More >>
In one of America's wealthiest suburbs, an unlikely band of drilling opponents helped drive away the world's biggest energy companies. Did they save the town or ruin it?
For folks in the sandy hills northwest of Dallas, it's a devil's bargain for gas, water and jobs.
Patrick MichelsThe scene at the Calatrava bridge construction site at 9:30 last nightLast night about midnight I was watching the Trinity River flow gauge in downtown Dallas on the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Information System Web page and saw that the flow was really spiking. So, even a ... More >>
Today's issue of Science features a study by U.S. Geological Survey ecologists Nathan L. Stephenson and Phillip van Mantgem about how trees in the Western U.S. are dying twice as fast as they did a couple of decades ago. Reached by phone in his California office, Stephenson said there are two likely ... More >>
U.S. Geological Survey This map of The Great North Texas Quake of '08 is referred to as "intensity." Which is, like, intense. In the comments to the morning's first cup, former Dallas Morning News-er Bill Marvel suggests the following may be responsible for the morning's wake-and-shake in Irving an ... More >>
Despite shoddy science, bad economics, and catastrophic health risks, a West Texas border community may become the nation's nuclear dumping ground