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The city of Denton is seeking a restraining order against a driller, alleging the company is working on two natural gas wells without the city’s permission. 

The Texas Tribune reports that a complaint was filed Friday in the Denton County District Court. Denton says the Dallas-based EagleRidge Energy ignored the city's demands to stop working on wells about 5 miles southwest of downtown. The city never permitted the development, the complaint says, and the wells lie too close to housing development, violating city rules.

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The largest federally-owned wind farm is about to be built at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced today. The five-turbine project will power more than 60 percent of the plant once it is complete.

A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic, according to a team of researchers led by UT Arlington.

Scientists at the University of Houston are working on a new method of finding oil and gas deposits. By using hyperspectral satellite remote sensing, Dr. Shuhab Khan and his team have already combed areas of North Texas and Oklahoma. But they're not looking for oil oozing out of the earth. Instead, they're looking for tiny hydrocarbon leaks in rock to find oil.

Fracking hasn't only boosted natural gas production in Texas, its also raised oil production in Texas to unprecedented levels. In March, Texas oil production reached its highest level since 1984.

Another Texas Quake Raises Questions About 'Fracking'

Jan 23, 2013

Last night's 3.0 in Irving occurred near DFW airport where there is gas drilling activity. Recent small quakes in North Texas have led to studies about hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" and a possible connection to earthquakes.

A state transportation official says oil production trucks and vehicles are tearing up local roads without providing enough money to pay for repairs.

Starting Friday, DART, the T and the Denton County Transportation Authority will offer a free week’s pass in exchange for a gasoline receipt.

At the first of three final briefings on recommendations from the Gas Drilling Task Force Wednesday, Dallas City Council members asked a lot of questions.

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Texas health insurance customers will get about 185 million dollars in rebates this summer.

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Fort Worth City Council members want to hear from citizens one more time before deciding what to do about gas drilling disposal wells inside the city limits. KERA’s BJ Austin says the Council’s six-year-old moratorium on disposal wells expires April 30th.

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The leading lights of the global energy industry are gathered downtown for the annual CERA Week conference. IHS CERA used the occasion to roll out a study on the broader economic effects of growth in the energy sector.