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Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk Does James Baldwin Proud

12 months ago by Chuck Wilson
Baldwin’s central story, dialogue and time-jumping narrative structure are all in place, but so, too, is a sumptuous visual style that serves to deepen the novelist’s themes of racial injustice and the powerful countering force of love
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Donald Trump's Appeal to Anti-Fracking Activists Falling Flat in North Texas

3 years ago by Christian McPhate
Trump creating havoc politically is no surprise. He seems to pride himself on his ability to connect with the more extreme of the voter base. But his most recent political bombshell is so shocking it will be a wonder he’ll have any Texan Republicans left to vote for him in November...
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Corps of Engineers Wants Gas Drillers to Move Farther Away from Joe Pool Dam

4 years ago by Christian McPhate
The threat of oil and gas extraction within 850 feet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-controlled Joe Pool Lake dam in 2010 initiated a red alert for the federal agency that controls our nation’s dams. Corps officials pleaded with energy giants XTO and Chesapeake to stop exploration so close...
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Dueling Studies Continue the Debate Over Fracking Earthquakes

3 years ago by Christian McPhate
Southern Methodist University seismologists recently revealed human-induced earthquakes in North Texas are not only caused by oil and gas operations but also have been occurring since the 1920s across Texas. Oil and gas industry professionals were quick to denounce seismologists findings, and the Texas legislature was quick to take action...
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Methane Sleuths Monitor Seeping Gases From Oil and Gas Drilling

4 years ago by Julie Ryan
Along the green, tree-lined country road, four large metal tanks tower on a gravel field, clean and tan-colored against a cloudless blue sky. But the breeze brings an odd metallic tang to the back of one’s throat, and the view changes through an infrared camera’s viewfinder. When the lens zooms in...
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As Mansfield Residents Push for Tougher Fracking Rules, the City (Slowly) Comes Around

5 years ago by Amy Martyn
There is nothing wrong with the way that Mansfield regulates fracking, according to the people who run Mansfield. "City leaders say the gas drilling ordinance in Mansfield is one of the most progressive and balanced ordinances in the Barnett Shale," city leaders say in a not-so-modest news release. But some...
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Even Range Resources' Investors Say the Fracking Company Isn't Being Forthright about Methane Leaks

6 years ago by Amy Martyn
Not long after UT-Austin published an "unprecedented" study (funded by the gas industry, whoops) claiming that fracking wells are safe from methane leaks, a bunch of investors are now accusing one gas company of being dishonest about its methane problem. The natural gas industry has aggressively fought off accusations over...
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Frackers Have Launched an Aggressive Campaign to Kill Denton's Drilling Ban

5 years ago by Emily Mathis
If you've driven up I-35 to Denton in the last month, you may have seen one of the many billboards popping up around town. The billboards loudly proclaim the economic damage that a city ordinance banning natural gas and oil drilling could cause to the city, and encourage residents to...
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As Denton Voters Come Out Against Fracking, City Council Passes Surprise Temporary Fracking Ban

6 years ago by Amy Martyn
After the Denton City Council had its butt handed to it in court by oil company EagleRidge last Fall, Denton civic leaders decided to pretty much stop fighting EagleRidge altogether and let it drill close to a few residential neighborhoods. Residents complained, but the city said it had no choice,...
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Environmental Groups Wants EPA Investigated Over Dropped Parker County Case

7 years ago by Brantley Hargrove
Greenpeace, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Public Citizen -- along with more than 80 other groups from across the country -- are calling on the EPA Inspector General to investigate the agency's withdrawal from legal action against a company accused of contaminating a water well through its fracking operations...

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