2009 marked the year oil production kicked into high gear in both the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin regions of the state.
TTI compared accident statistics for the four years on either side of that divide. It found that, in the Eagle Ford, the number of fatal crashes rose by 6 percent. In the Permian Basin, they rose 21.8 percent. But in counties outside the state’s shale plays, the number of fatal accidents dropped by 5.4 percent.
“In general, there was a very strong correlation between rural crashes where commercial vehicles were involved – or, as we call it, CMV crashes – and the number of new wells,” says Cesar Quiroga, a senior research engineer at TTI and author of the report. “Many of these roads were never designed to accommodate such a large amount of traffic.”
This year, Texas public schools won’t measure instructional time by days, but they’ll do it by minutes. In the past, Texas public schools years were required to be provide 180 days of instruction. Now, a school year must provide a minimum of 75,600 minutes.