Mose Buchele, KUT News http://wvasfm.org en Texas Family's Nuisance Complaint Seen As Win Against Fracking http://wvasfm.org/post/texas-familys-nuisance-complaint-seen-win-against-fracking A Dallas jury recently awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict, reached on April 22, is being called a landmark by opponents of the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."<p><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/05/02/what-a-multi-million-dollar-lawsuit-could-mean-for-fighting-fracking-in-court/">Bob and Lisa Parr</a> have been telling their story for a while. They even appeared in the anti-fracking documentary <em>Gasland II</em>. Fri, 02 May 2014 07:51:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 47341 at http://wvasfm.org Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom http://wvasfm.org/post/oil-gas-drilling-seems-make-earth-slip-and-go-boom There's been a surge in earthquakes in the U.S. over the last few years. In Texas, there are 10 times the number of earthquakes now than just a few years ago.<p>Scientists say it's likely linked to the boom in oil and gas activity, meaning that people who never felt the ground shake are starting to.<p>Here's how Pat Jones of Snyder, Texas, describes the earthquake that struck her town in 2010: "It just sounded like some car hit the back of our house. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:32:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 42765 at http://wvasfm.org Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom Texas Landowners Keep Watchful Eye On Keystone KL Pipeline http://wvasfm.org/post/texas-landowners-keep-watchful-eye-keystone-kl-pipeline Oil is now running through the southern part of the keystone XL pipeline. Supporters and opponents will be watching carefully to see what that could mean for the northern section of the project, that still awaits approval from the Obama administration. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:27:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 41735 at http://wvasfm.org Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise http://wvasfm.org/post/legal-battles-increase-over-pipeline-projects At Margaret O'Keefe's farm in East Texas, they grow high-quality Bermuda grass. The fields are flat and vibrant green, surrounded by woods of a darker, richer green. The family loves this land. O'Keefe inherited it from her mother, who divided it among eight children.<p>"She used to call it 'enchanted valley,' " O'Keefe says.<p>But her "enchanted valley" also lies in the path of the Crosstex NGL Pipeline.<p>That's a 130-mile underground pipeline to funnel natural gas liquids from Texas to processing plants in Louisiana. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:27:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 32166 at http://wvasfm.org Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise Shuttered Meat Packing Plant Could Be A Sign Of Things To Come In Texas http://wvasfm.org/post/shuttered-meat-packing-plant-could-be-sign-things-come-texas Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The city of Plainview, Texas has been a center of the cattle industry for decades. But a few weeks ago, after more than 40 years in operation, Plainview's beef processing plant shut its doors. Plant owners blame years of drought and the dwindling supply of cattle. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:57:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 24155 at http://wvasfm.org How A Texas Town Became Water Smart http://wvasfm.org/post/how-texas-town-became-water-smart Faced with a booming population and a disappearing water supply, the city of San Antonio responded by dramatically cutting consumption, pioneering new storage techniques and investing in water recycling and desalination projects. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:17:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 13106 at http://wvasfm.org How A Texas Town Became Water Smart