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04/28/2015Utility Seeks Approval for 20MW Solar Project at Fort Bliss

April 28--El Paso Electric has selected California-based SunPower Corp., to build a proposed, $46.7 million, 20-megawatt solar plant project on Fort Bliss, and the utility has begun the process of getting approvals to build the plant from Texas and New Mexico regulators, officials with the utility announced Monday. The project was first announced by Fort Bliss officials two years ago. But it ...
04/27/2015New EPA Rules Could Make Texas Coal-based Energy More Costly

April 27--TATUM -- When bald eagles at Martin Lake built a nest a hundred yards or so from the shore, Luminant buried the power lines between the nest and the water. There's a delicate balance to be struck, the power company says, between using resources and preserving them. Now, as Luminant's Liberty coal mine enters into full production as other mining operations wind down, and as Texas ...
04/24/2015Mood at Houston Energy Conference More Somber This Year

April 24--Back in the heady days of $90 or so a barrel crude and sky-high confidence America's oil and gas shale plays, Ong Ye Kung of the Keppel Corp in Singapore attended IHS Energy's CERAWeek in Houston and remembers conference co-founder Daniel Yergen's optimistic talk of the "shale gale." Ong was back again this week, one among some 2,800 energy industry big thinkers and high rollers who ...
04/23/2015Arlington, Texas, Issues Three Citations to Gas Well Driller for Mishap

April 23--ARLINGTON -- The city has issued Vantage Energy three citations for violations related to a natural gas well site emergency in southwest Arlington this month. Thousands of gallons of salty, pressurized frack water begin back-flowing out of a well April 11 at Vantage's Lake Arlington Baptist Church drill site off Little Road and continued until the well was capped by a gas well ...
04/23/2015TxDOT Plans $6B Project To Remake I-45 in Downtown Houston

April 23--A massive reconstruction of Interstate 45 through most of Houston would topple one of downtown's most frustrating barriers -- the Pierce Elevated -- and move the freeway east of the central business district. That's just one of the major changes Texas Department of Transportation officials included in the $6 billion-plus plan to be unveiled Thursday. It would make I-45 practically ...
04/17/2015Texas House Members Set to Debate Oil and Gas Control Bill

April 17--Texas House members are set to debate a bill designed to reaffirm state regulatory control of oil and gas wells amid concerns it will leave cities and residents exposed to health and safety dangers. House Bill 40 would prevent municipalities or any other political subdivisions from enacting or enforcing ordinances or other measures to ban, limit or regulate oil and gas operation ...
04/17/2015Houston-are High-Rise Getting a Makeover

April 17--New Yorker Richard Leibovitch says local developers advised him to demolish the River Oaks Luxury Apartments -- the aging midcentury high-rise his firm bought last fall -- and build two side-by-side towers with upward of 600 units. Instead, his firm, New York-based Arel Capital, decided to redevelop the 1967 structure with fewer but larger units for a luxury condominium project. ...
04/16/2015TxDOT to Hold Forum on Expansion

April 16--The public will have the opportunity to view the plans for the expansion of Farm-to-Market Road 2493 on Thursday evening. The Texas Department of Transportation will hold a public forum from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Jack Elementary, 2900 Balsam Gap in Tyler, according to a news release. TxDOT will display the alignment alternative for FM 2493, explain where it is in the project ...
04/16/2015Texas Judge Wants Industrial Developers to Keep the Bulldozers Away

April 16--FORT WORTH -- A Tarrant County judge Wednesday warned the attorneys for a Dallas-based developer not to start clearing the Great Southwest Golf Course for a planned industrial project while an issue regarding over how the property can be used heads to trial. Attorneys for CH Realty VII-Ascendant I Dallas 360 Global Logistics Park L.P. and the city of Grand Prairie were arguing over a ...
04/15/2015Texas High-Speed-Rail Plan on Collision Course With Opposition

April 15--High-speed rail in Texas is in trouble before it pulls out of the station. Supporters of high-speed rail acknowledge that they're concerned about legislative and other efforts to block a proposed bullet train from Dallas to Houston that a private company, with backing from a Japanese rail company, wants to open in 2021. A bill under consideration in the Legislature would bar ...
04/15/2015Driller May Face Fines in Arlington, Texas, Gas Well Emergency

April 15--ARLINGTON -- Vantage Energy may face fines for a variety of violations, including waiting nearly two hours to call 911, in a natural gas well site emergency over the weekend that led to the evacuation of more than 100 southwest Arlington homes, Fire Chief Don Crowson said Tuesday. Crowson and the city staff provided the City Council a preliminary report on the investigation into what ...
04/14/2015Dallas Developer Asks Court to Intervene on Industrial Project

April 14--GRAND PRAIRIE -- A Dallas industrial development partnership wants the city of Grand Prairie to set aside a state statute and approve a replat of the Great Southwest Golf Course so it can move forward with a 1 million-square-foot project at the site. CH Realty VII, a fund of Dallas-based Crow Holdings, and Ascendant I Dallas 360 Global Logistics Park L.P., whose general manager is ...
04/13/2015Opinion: Oil, Gas and Local Rule

April 13--The year was 1976, and George R. Brown -- the man, not the convention center -- had an idea about drilling for oil. As Texas Monthly reported at the time, the retired board chairman of Brown & Root had in mind drilling six test wells in the city of Houston. In Memorial Park, to be precise. Nothing came of the proposal, even though Mayor Fred Hofheinz was open to the idea, but a ...
04/12/2015Officials: Arlington, Texas, Gas Well Sealed After 'Very Serious' Mishap

April 12--ARLINGTON -- Crews from Boots and Coots, a gas well control company, managed to seal a natural gas well in southwest Arlington on Sunday after a mishap at the Little Road drilling site prompted voluntary evacuations of homes. No natural gas was released during the incident, city officials said, but 115 people were asked to leave their homes during the third effort to plug the well. ...
04/11/2015Texas Cities Concerned About State Urban-drilling Bill

April 11--FORT WORTH -- Senior gas well inspector Tom Edwards weaves his van through the tight spaces of the drilling site, keeping a close eye on the tangle of pipes, hoses and valves pushing water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to break up the tough shale rock below. Jokingly called the Pancho drilling site because it sits where a favorite Mexican restaurant used to be, the ...
04/10/2015Texas House OKs $550M for New Dallas-Fort Worth College Buildings

April 10--Major construction projects that have stalled for years at Texas public universities may soon be on the move after the state House gave early approval Thursday to a bond package loaded with more than $3 billion in projects. Under a plan approved on a 131-13 vote, more than $550 million would flow to higher education facilities in North Texas, helping fund new buildings at the ...
04/09/2015Hines Lists Fort Worth Land Near Pier 1 Building For Sale to Developers

April 09--FORT WORTH -- Less than a year after buying the 20-story Chesapeake Plaza on the western edge of downtown Fort Worth, Houston-based Hines has put 3 acres at the site up for sale. The parcel is bordered by Summit Avenue on the east and West Fifth Street on the south, with the office tower and parking lots to the north and west, respectively. Commercial real estate brokerage ...
04/09/2015Tyler, Texas, Seeking Architect for Hotel and Conference Center

April 09--Tyler has taken another small step in its journey toward a hotel conference center. On Wednesday, the Tyler City Council approved an advertising request for qualifications for a city architect for the project. "Under state law, when you do a design build process, you have to hire an independent architect that acts as an agent for the city -- basically oversees the process, reviews ...
04/02/2015OSHA Investigating Fatal Construction Accident at Texas High School

April 02--ARGYLE -- An indoor activity center under construction at Argyle High School collapsed Thursday morning, killing one worker and injuring three more. Two of those injured were transferred to a local hospital with unspecified injuries. The other person injured was not hospitalized, said Argyle Superintendent Telena Wright. "It's very, very tragic," Wright said. "I'm so very sorry." ...
04/02/2015One Worker Dead, Three Hurt in Steel Frame Collapse in North Texas

ARGYLE, Texas (AP) — One worker has been killed and three hurt when the steel frame of an under-construction activities center collapsed outside a North Texas school. Officials say the accident happened Thursday morning at Argyle High School about an hour before classes began. The superintendent of the Argyle Independent School District says no students, parents or employees were in danger. ...
04/01/2015Methane Leaks Drop Despite Increase in Pipelines

April 01--WASHINGTON -- The amount of methane escaping from local natural gas distribution systems in cities and towns across the United States has dropped significantly in the past two decades, according to nationwide field research released Tuesday. The study, led by Washington State University researchers and published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology, ...
03/31/2015Construction Picks Up as North Texas Apartment Demand Tops Nation

March 31--North Texas had the greatest demand for apartments nationwide last year and now developers are building more than 34,000 units here, the most under construction in the U.S., a market study finds. "Thanks to Dallas-Fort Worth's hot economy, strong demand for apartments is keeping the stock basically full," said Greg Willett, vice president with MPF Research. "In most neighborhoods, ...
03/31/2015Houston Seeks Redevelopment Proposals for Prime Downtown Parcel

March 31--As city officials continue to push for more shops and restaurants to open downtown, they have issued a call to developers interested in building a high-rise residential tower or a hotel, both with retail space, on a site along Main Street. As part of the proposal, a 35,579-square-foot site at 1111 Main at Dallas -- formerly the Sakowitz department store -- would be sold and ...
03/28/2015Aging River Infrastructure Challenges Houston-area Barges

March 28--FREEPORT -- Laps of muddy water whirl through the open floodgates where the Brazos River meets the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. A LeBeouf Bros. Towing barge carrying 3,500 tons of liquid asphalt slides through the 75-foot-wide east gate toward Galveston, churning more silt behind it. The 60-degree angle boats must turn while navigating the river between the gates is one of the ...
03/27/2015Truck That Crashed into I-35 Bridge Not Licensed For Over-height Load

March 27--State officials say a tractor-trailer that struck a bridge under construction -- setting off a deadly accident Thursday on Interstate 35 near Salado -- wasn't permitted to carry an "over-height load." The tractor trailer, owned owned by Crowley-based Lares Trucking, was pulling a flatbed carrying a cherry picker in the northbound lanes of I-35 at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday when it ...

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