Board approves proposal to use aquifer to supply hydraulic fracturing operations

Board approves proposal to use aquifer to supply hydraulic fracturing operations

  • August 2, 2017
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A West Texas board unanimously approved a contentious project to drill into a desert aquifer near Van Horn, build a 60-mile pipeline and ship 5.4 million gallons of water a day from the Apache Mountains to the heart of the nation’s most prolific oil field, the Permian Basin, to feed thirsty hydraulic fracturing operations. The Culberson County Groundwater Conservation District voted on Wednesday to allow oilman and land baron Dan Allen Hughes to proceed with his multimillion dollar project, called…

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Can the Monarch Highway Help Save a Butterfly Under Siege?

Can the Monarch Highway Help Save a Butterfly Under Siege?

  • August 1, 2017
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To stanch the losses and safeguard the migration’s future, in 2015 and 2016 a pollinator task force formed at President Obama’s request released reports that detail a major new strategy to rebuild the butterfly’s wintering population, mostly through aggressive habitat restoration in natural areas, along roadways, on utility right-of-ways and farms, and in parks, gardens, and schoolyards throughout a broad swath of land that runs for 100 miles on either side of I-35. At the center of the plan is the effort…

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