Fracking

A note opposing the ordinance was left in a men's room at City Hall in Rockwall.
Kevin Jefferies

An ordinance to restrict bathrooms based on the sex listed on one’s birth certificate failed to make it to a vote Monday May 2nd in Rockwall. The ordinance introduced by Mayor Jim Pruitt had no other support from the council. Many transgender people and their allies gathered to voice their opposition to the ordinance and saw their wishes fulfilled with the proposal failing…but why it failed may still give pause.

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the booming Texas energy industry, boosted in a major way by the controversial practice of fracking, may mean a boost in funding for Texas public schools when the state legislature meets year.  But he's not taking that for granted.

NPR

Hydraulic fracturing is booming in Texas, and with the practice comes an increase in the use of disposal wells. But Northeast Texas has few disposal wells compared to some parts of the state.

A technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has kicked off an energy boom in the United States. Fracking lets drillers unlock vast reservoirs of natural gas that were previously inaccessible. Over the past decade, about 200,000 gas wells have been drilled across the country.