How Wasted Gas From Drilling Could Save Millions of Gallons of Texas Water
Millions of gallons of water from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," could be treated and reused without extra energy costs using gas that is typically burned off at drilling sites, according to a new study by a team of scientists at the University of Texas at Austin. Enough natural gas is burnt on site to fuel energy-intensive treatment for highly-contaminated water, making for a handy 'Two Birds, One Stone' opportunity, the study by UT's Webber Energy Group finds.
18th Annual Great Texas Birding Classic Breaks Records
The results are in and organizers of the 18th annual Great Texas Birding Classic have something to squawk about. The statewide birding tournament attracted a record-breaking 81 teams composed of more than 400 competitors who set an all-time record by recording 425 species of birds during the competition held from April 15 through May 15, according to tournament director Shelly Plante, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department nature tourism manager.
Proposed New Rules Shed Light on Future Water Projects
The Texas Water Development Board's release of draft rules Tuesday afternoon offered Texans a clearer sense of how the board will prioritize and fund competing water supply projects. Though some potential issues remain unaddressed, the proposal provides guidelines for the point system by which the board will rank projects applying for an initial pool of $2 billion - funding approved by Texas voters in November.