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According to United States Geological Survey (USGS), Wolfcamp Shale and overlying Bone Spring Formation in the Delaware Basin part of Texas and New Mexico's Permian Basin province contain a vast quantity of continuous oil and natural gas resources.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:00

Lake dam in Texas on the edge of collapsing

Prestonwood Lake Dam, located in the city of Arlington, Texas, appears to be close to failure.

USGS Coastal Change Forecast model predictions indicate that Hurricane Harvey is likely to cause significant beach erosion along the Texas coastline, with water overtopping dunes and in some cases inundating areas.

Last week, the Apache Corporation revealed its new shale deposit in West Texas, calling it Alpine High. Current estimates show the deposit to be worth over $8 billion, containing over three billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. 

 

Two sinkholes in west Texas near the town of Wink are growing rapidly according to a study by Southern Methodist University led by professor Zhong Lu and researcher Jin-Woo Kim. The first sinkhole formed in 1980 and the second in 2002. Both are believed to be originally caused by extensive oil and gas extraction in the region from the 1920's through the 1960's. 

 

Monday, 15 June 2015 08:30

Central Texas Floods-May 23-25, 2015

Significant rainfall moved across Central Texas over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2015, causing flooding damage to Austin and the surrounding towns of Blanco, Wimberley, San Marcos, and Bastrop.

Friday, 22 May 2015 07:09

Potential dam failure near Conroe

The persistent rainfall poses a serious threat to the dam at the Lewis Creek Reservoir, near Willis, Texas, USA.

More than 20 earthquakes that occurred last year in the Azle area in Texas, were the reason for the Texas Railroad Commission to hold a public meeting in Azle on January 2 and investigate the connection between the plethora of injection wells that are active in the state and the quakes.

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The goal of the study, published last Monday in the science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was to investigate earthquakes greater than magnitude 3 of the period between 2006 and 2011.

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The city of Austin invited members of the news media to visit Waller Creek Tunnel, which is being constructed to reduce flooding of the Waller Creek.Joe Pantalion, Deputy Director of the Watershed Protection Department, told KUT News in September that "the Austin chalk limestone that’s 60 to 70 feet below Austin is some of the best material to tunnel through… It has enough hardness to tunnel through without requiring a significant stabilization system. But at the same time, the excavation is not like cutting through butter, but pretty close.”

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