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Starry, Starry Night . . . Oh Wait, That’s a Light Tower

Dark Skies Initiative, light pollution, LTR

Sponsored Content “The stars at night, are big and bright, (clap, clap, clap, clap), deep in the heart of Texas.” Well, not all the time. But if some professors, astronomers, and oil and gas companies have their way, the stars will be as bright as fresh mountain snow. If anyone has ever driven out to the drilling fields of west ...

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Methane in Texas water wells likely natural, report says

Methane in Texas water wells likely natural, report says

A report from the University of Texas further contributes evidence that hydraulic fracturing has not contaminated drinking water with methane in Parker County, or anywhere else in Texas. The research reaffirmed findings from the Railroad Commission of Texas, which showed through nitrogen fingerprinting that water contamination was naturally occurring. The main objective of the project was to improve understanding of ...

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More Americans believe in climate change, UT poll shows

A majority of Americans now believe climate change is occurring, with growing support for environmental protection in several areas among Democrats and millennials, according to a new poll conducted by the University of Texas at Austin. More than 3 out of 4 Americans believe in climate change, up from 68 percent a year ago, the nationwide UT Energy Poll reported ...

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Oil collapse gives US colleges a test on backpedaling donors

In this Oct. 1, 2015 photo, Ricky Hayes, left, and Jose Bautista, right, work on a rebar support for new footings at the University of Oklahoma's football stadium in Norman, Okla. Tumbling crude prices in oil-rich states are pinching off the largesse that helps universities when state budgets are strained. Oklahoma has scaled back a planned $370 million renovation to its football stadium. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

AUSTIN, Texas — It’s easy to see what oil money means to the University of Texas. Tuition hasn’t budged in three years because of gushing wells in the Permian Basin. More than a few buildings, including the football team headquarters, are named after wildcatters, and a pump jack stands outside the 100,000-seat stadium to commemorate the 1920s oil boom. But ...

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Republican Abbott becomes Texas’ 1st new governor since 2000

Texas state troopers hold a meeting outside the Texas Capitol prior to the inauguration for Gov.-elect  Greg Abbott, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Greg Abbott was sworn in Tuesday as Texas’ first new governor in 14 years and promised the state will stay as defiantly conservative as ever — vowing to battle Washington on spending, regulation and any federal initiative “that uses the guise of fairness to rob us of our freedom.” Fighter jets streaked through sunny skies, ...

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Decrepit Pa. natural gas utility pipelines years from upgrade

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A child born today will be ready to graduate from high school by the time local natural gas utilities remove their last cast iron and bare steel pipes from beneath Western Pennsylvania, a Tribune-Review investigation has found. In Philadelphia, that child could grow up, graduate from high school and college, raise a family, retire and die before Philadelphia Gas Works ...

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Searching for a possible endangered species in the Eagle Ford Shale

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San Antonio — Few people have heard of the spot-tailed earless lizard, once common in South Texas. But the rare lizard’s likely habitat includes large swaths of the Eagle Ford Shale, the prolific oil and gas field south of San Antonio. A 2010 petition by an environmental group to list the spot-tailed earless lizard as a federally protected species is ...

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Chevron donates $500,000 for endowed UTPB chair

UTPB entrance sign in Odessa, TX By Billy Hathorn (Own work)  via Wikimedia Commons

Tessa Duvall | Midland Reporter-Telegram The University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s young petroleum engineering program received a major gift on Friday. Chevron Area Manager Mitch Mamoulides announced at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center the donation of $500,000 to create an endowed chair of petroleum engineering at UTPB. Chevron also donated $64,900 for scholarships at UTPB to be ...

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UT engineering school receives bequest of $35 million, mineral rights


Ralph K.M. Haurwitz | The Austin American-Statesman, Texas An unexpected bequest consisting of $35 million and mineral rights scattered across 10 states will help attract high-achieving students to the engineering school at the University of Texas, officials announced Thursday. The gift from T.W. “Tom” Whaley Jr. — who died in 2013 at the age of 78 — is the largest ever ...

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