Some radioactive Savannah River site waste headed to Texas

The U.S. Department of Energy is planning to send a few gallons of radioactive wastewater from a South Carolina nuclear reservation to Texas, where it will be treated and disposed.
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The fertilizer that might have caused the Beirut explosion is all over the US. It’s unevenly regulated

A powerful explosion that ripped through Beirut on Tuesday and killed more than 130 people may be the latest example of the danger posed by a common fertilizer stored in communities throughout the U.S.


Trump seeks out loyal donors in West Texas fracking fields

His visit on Wednesday comes during the state's fierce coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, a global oil and gas glut is putting the squeeze on Trump's loyal donors in the petroleum industry.

David Byrne: Can we all be like Texas?

How a conservative, oil-pumping state put politics aside and became a world leader in wind power.

Exxon Mobil to reduce methane emissions at 1,000 Permian Basin sites

Irving oil major Exxon Mobil is testing new equipment to reduce methane emissions at 1,000 sites in the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico.

A common fertilizer can cause explosions. Uneven regulation puts people at risk

Nearly seven years after a blast in Texas killed 15 people and injured 260, oversight of ammonium nitrate remains a patchwork and public information is scarce.

Texas oil and gas greenhouse pollution could negate progress on emissions, report says

While greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. fell about 2 percent last year, some of that progress is being undercut by continued expansion of oil and gas industry.

Annova LNG plans to get all of its power from renewables

Houston liquefied natural gas company Annova LNG plans to get all of the electricity for its proposed export terminal at the Port of Brownsville from renewable sources such as wind and solar.

Permian gas flaring hits new record highs for "widespread waste," pollution

The flaring of natural gas in West Texas' booming Permian Basin has exceeded previous estimates and is now contributing to far more "widespread waste" and pollution than ever before, according to a new report.

IEA: U.S. energy sector will lead world with "second wave of shale"

The U.S. energy sector will dominate the global oil and gas industry in the coming years as the "second wave" of shale growth takes hold, the International Energy Agency said Monday.


How long can the fracking spending spree last?

After a decade of U.S. oil and gas companies spending beyond their means, a debate is underway in the energy and investment sectors on whether to keep pumping money into oil fields to keep the boom going full-speed. Or with interest rates rising and investors demanding better returns, are fracking firms going to have to live within their cash flows?

As Congress promotes carbon capture, lack of pipelines slows companies looking to cash in

Few pipelines are available to move the carbon captured from industrialized areas such as the Houston Ship Channel to remote oil fields where it can be used and stored underground.

Nuclear waste could be headed to West Texas under House bill

But West Texas is not the only region being targeted for nuclear waste.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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