Mose Buchele, KUT News http://kazu.org en Texas Family's Nuisance Complaint Seen As Win Against Fracking http://kazu.org/post/texas-familys-nuisance-complaint-seen-win-against-fracking A Dallas jury recently awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict, reached on April 22, is being called a landmark by opponents of the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."<p><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/05/02/what-a-multi-million-dollar-lawsuit-could-mean-for-fighting-fracking-in-court/">Bob and Lisa Parr</a> have been telling their story for a while. They even appeared in the anti-fracking documentary <em>Gasland II</em>. Fri, 02 May 2014 07:51:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 41584 at http://kazu.org Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom http://kazu.org/post/oil-gas-drilling-seems-make-earth-slip-and-go-boom There's been a surge in earthquakes in the U.S. over the last few years. In Texas, there are 10 times the number of earthquakes now than just a few years ago.<p>Scientists say it's likely linked to the boom in oil and gas activity, meaning that people who never felt the ground shake are starting to.<p>Here's how Pat Jones of Snyder, Texas, describes the earthquake that struck her town in 2010: "It just sounded like some car hit the back of our house. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 15:49:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 38134 at http://kazu.org Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise http://kazu.org/post/legal-battles-increase-over-pipeline-projects At Margaret O'Keefe's farm in East Texas, they grow high-quality Bermuda grass. The fields are flat and vibrant green, surrounded by woods of a darker, richer green. The family loves this land. O'Keefe inherited it from her mother, who divided it among eight children.<p>"She used to call it 'enchanted valley,' " O'Keefe says.<p>But her "enchanted valley" also lies in the path of the Crosstex NGL Pipeline.<p>That's a 130-mile underground pipeline to funnel natural gas liquids from Texas to processing plants in Louisiana. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:56:00 +0000 Mose Buchele, KUT News 30138 at http://kazu.org Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise