Natural gas money has been good to the Texas city of Denton: it has new parks, a new golf course and miles of grassy soccer fields. The business district is getting a makeover, and the airport is bustling, too. For more than a decade, Denton has drawn its lifeblood from the huge gas reserves that lie beneath its streets. The gas fields have produced a billion dollars in mineral wealth and pumped more than $30 million into city bank accounts.
But this former farming center north of Dallas is considering a revolt. Unlike other communities that have embraced the lucrative drilling boom made possible by hydraulic fracturing, leaders there have temporarily halted all fracking as they consider an ordinance that could make theirs the first city in the state to permanently ban the practice.
The husband of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman has sued the hospital keeping her on life support, saying doctors are doing so against her and her family’s wishes.
The lawsuit filed in state district court asks a judge to order John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth to remove life support for Marlise Munoz, a North Texas woman who fell unconscious in November while pregnant.
A Texas megachurch linked to at least 21 cases of measles has been trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics, officials say.
The outbreak started when a person who contracted measles overseas visited Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, about 20 miles north of Fort Worth, Texas. Health department officials say those sickened ranged in age from four-months to 44-years-old. All of the school-age children with measles were homeschooled.
Texas water planners, facing mounting scrutiny from lawmakers, have privately ranked a list of projects as priorities to address the state’s growing water crisis.
The Associated Press obtained the list compiled by the Texas Water Development Board through an open records request for the agency’s emails. The list focusing on $8 billion in projects serving large urban areas was quietly sent last month to top Republicans, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Troy Fraser.
Pipeline from Canada to Texas Wouldn’t Affect Climate
In a shift in strategy, the company that wants to build an oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas says that the project will have no measurable effect on global warming.
Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president for energy and oil pipelines, says opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have grossly inflated its likely impact on emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
Evapotranspiration, or ET, is the amount of water a plant actively pulls from the soil. Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are trying to utilize this basic measurement to help develop some simple formulas for watering lawns.
Operating on the principle that history is a good teacher, Charles Fontanier, AgriLife Research associate, and Richard White, AgriLife Research turfgrass physiologist, are conducting studies at the Texas A&M AgriLife Turfgrass Field Lab to determine if historical evapotranspiration data can be used to predict water needs when irrigating St. Augustine lawns.
At least one person says that the extreme heat in Texas this year was beneficial. But all the same, he’d opt next time for a handmade torture chamber. “Some people will complain about the heat, but from my viewpoint as a breeder, I love stress,” says David Byrne, Texas AgriLife Research rose breeder.
With maximum mean highs of 107 degrees for weeks near Mansfield and 104 at College Station, where Byrne has research plots, numerous rose varieties were put to one of Mother Nature’s extreme tests.
Historic drought conditions are fueling the largest algae bloom in more than a decade along the Texas Gulf Coast, killing fish, sparking warnings about beach conditions and making throats scratchy, researchers say. The extent of the so-called red tide bloom came as no surprise to biologists because the microscopic algae love warm, salty water. Since March, Texas has recorded seven of the 10 driest months in 116 years, so scientists had anticipated a red tide.
Wildlife biologists evacuated two species of minnows from the shrinking waters of a West Texas river in the first of what could be several rescue operations involving fish affected by the state’s worst drought in decades.
Wild facts about the Texas drought Texas has seen only 7.47 inches of rain so far this year, a record low for the state. This “slow-motion disaster,” as some climate experts have called it, has produced a litany of records and startling statistics.