Mose Buchele, KUT News http://ketr.org en Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom http://ketr.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 15:49:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 49236 at http://ketr.org Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom Opponents vow scrutiny as pipeline ramps up operations http://ketr.org/post/opponents-vow-scrutiny-pipeline-ramps-operations <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The Keystone XL Pipeline runs under Julia Trigg Crawford’s North Texas farm. It’s been&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/12/09/keystone-xl-pipeline-gets-its-first-barrels-of-oil-in-texas/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">carrying crude for over a month</a>. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:03:46 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 48440 at http://ketr.org Opponents vow scrutiny as pipeline ramps up operations Aging dams, booming growth and the search for solutions http://ketr.org/post/aging-dams-booming-growth-and-search-solutions <p>In a peaceful, wooded corner of Bastrop County, Texas, sits one of the unluckiest dams in the state. In 2011 the Labor Day Wildfires burned soil and vegetation around Clear Springs Lake and its earthen dam. Then, half a year later, a massive rainstorm hit. Water poured over the structure and wreaked havoc on an already crumbling spillway.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News & Mose Buchele, KUT News 44636 at http://ketr.org Aging dams, booming growth and the search for solutions Hundreds of 'hazardous' dams in Texas escape inspection http://ketr.org/post/hundreds-hazardous-dams-texas-escape-inspection <p>In 2008, the Texas State Auditor’s office released the kind of report that keeps public officials awake at night.&nbsp; It found that state regulators were not ensuring the proper maintenance of thousands of dams in Texas. The audit found that state inspectors had never visited hundreds of dams that could cause loss of life if they failed.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:42:29 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 44365 at http://ketr.org Hundreds of 'hazardous' dams in Texas escape inspection Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise http://ketr.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 20:56:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 40703 at http://ketr.org Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise