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Study: Barnett Shale Is Richer Than Previously Thought

Dec 18, 2015
Mark Graham / Texas Tribune

North Texas’ Barnett Shale — one of the country’s largest natural gas fields and the birthplace of modern fracking — holds even more reachable gas than previously thought, the federal government says.  

North Texas Struggles To Improve Air Quality

Jul 16, 2014
Tom Pennington / The Texas Tribune

When the Dallas County Medical Society asked Texas environmental regulators in October to increase pollution controls on coal-fired power plants, they knew it would be a tough sell.

But the association of more than 6,500 physicians said it was fed up with seeing patients suffering from the region’s air quality problems, which are among the worst in the nation.

Joyce Marshall / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A citizen-led petition to ban fracking inside Denton city limits heads to voters in November after city leaders voted down the anti-fracking ban early this morning.

A Vantage Energy natural gas rig in southwest Arlington just south of Interstate 20, Monday, December 23, 2013
Paul Moseley / Star-Telegram

The city of Denton could take another step Tuesday toward becoming the only Texas city to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Earthquakes keep rocking Azle.

On Nov. 26, another earthquake jolted the small town in northwest Tarrant County. And on Nov. 29, yet another one hit nearby. About 20 quakes rattled North Texas in November -- five of them in or near Azle.

(Update: Another quake struck Dec. 3 in Reno, which is near Azle. The quake registered 2.7 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 3.6 quake struck near Azle Dec. 8. And a 3.7 quake hit near Mineral Wells Dec. 9.)

The minor earthquakes haven't caused significant damage, but residents in Azle are getting nervous and seismologists are trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on. 

Some point to natural gas drilling that’s happening in the Barnett Shale, a massive geological formation that covers about 20 North Texas counties.  But a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center says more testing is needed to make such a connection.

Fort Worth, TX – Fort Worth Council members had planned to vote on revisions to the City's gas drilling ordinance today.

But a public hearing on the changes grew heated last week and a City spokesman says a decision on some or all of the revisions may be delayed.

Numerous citizens spoke out in favor of extending the ban on deep water wells within City limits, and that's what the Council is poised to do today.